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I was glad to participate on 9 July in a panel of renowned international affairs pundits from all continents, organised by our EU ISS and Carnegie, to discuss how we can navigate the pandemic world together.

On July 7, the Foreign ministers of Germany, France, Egypt and Jordan held an important discussion on the risks linked to the unilateral annexation of parts of the West Bank. Unfortunately I could not attend as I was travelling in order to deal with other equally important issues. The EU was represented by the Secretary General of the EEAS and the EU Special Representative for the Middle East.

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في 7 تموز/ يوليو، أجرى وزراء خارجية ألمانيا وفرنسا ومصر والأردن نقاش هام حول المخاطر المرتبطة بضم أجزاء من الضفة الغربية من جانب واحد. وللأسف، لم أتمكن من الحضور لأنني كنت في سفر من أجل التعامل مع مسائل أخرى لا تقل أهمية. ومثل الاتحاد الأوروبي الأمين العام للجهاز الأوروبي للعمل الخارجي والممثل الخاص للاتحاد الأوروبي للشرق الأوسط.

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“Demography is destiny” said the sociologist Auguste Comte: the basic idea is that population trends and distributions determine the future of a country or region. Recently, my colleague Dubravka Suica, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for demography and democracy, provided us with an analysis of the foreseeable consequences of the demographic changes underway in Europe and globally. This work deserves our full attention, because this subject is both central to the Union's internal affairs and for its place in the world.

We need to build a common strategic culture in Europe. If we agree more on how we see the world and the challenges it contains, it will be easier to agree on what to do about them. Given our different histories, this will take time. It requires many discussions among all involved in the shaping of Europe’s foreign policy, both in Brussels and capitals. We need to understand where each of us is coming from; what worries people and why; but also what we have in common.

“This conference shows that we are not forgetting the ongoing conflict, we are not forgetting the suffering of the Syrian people,” HRVP Borrell said today at the Fourth Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region.

Participation in PLO Jordan Valley Event

22 June 2020, Speaking points

 

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