Event Recap

New Atlanticist

Feb 24, 2021

Josep Borrell outlines the EU’s priorities in a multipolar world

By Larry Luxner

“Today we’re in a multipolar world and [the EU will] have to look outwards because the problem is no longer among us; it’s among us and the rest of the world,” Josep Borrell told the Atlantic Council. The problems ahead: the pandemic, Russia, China, and more.

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The Atlantic Council was delighted to welcome His Excellency Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, for a conversation on the transatlantic partnership and the European Union’s global role.

In 2021, the Atlantic Council doubled down on its mission to promote relations with the European Union, with its Europe Center at the heart of this effort. The Council was honored to welcome High Representative/Vice-President Borrell for a discussion on the opportunities for US-EU cooperation under a new US administration and his perspectives on how to build a more ambitious and resilient transatlantic partnership. In what concrete ways can both sides work together in a more volatile geopolitical environment? What would a transatlantic approach to China look like? How can the United States and European Union hold Russia accountable? What should be the US-EU joint response to challenges like climate change and COVID-19?

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His Excellency Josep Borrell

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission

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