While the European Union was initially one of the regions hardest hit by the coronavirus, the EU’s swift and decisive coordinated actions have helped many of its Member States mitigate the impact of the pandemic and shore up their economies, the EU’s head of international economic relations told a US business audience this month.

Speaking at a webinar hosted by the EU Delegation to the United States in partnership with the European American Chamber of Commerce, Elena Flores, Director for international economic and financial relations and global governance at the European Commission, explained how the EU’s response to the COVID-19…


Op-Ed by Eamon Gilmore, European Union Special Representative for Human Rights

The Covid-19 crisis is a human rights issue, one of the most global and urgent we have ever seen. This is a struggle by all of humanity, for the right to life, and for the right to health of every person.

“The inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family” are among the opening words of the Universal Declaration of human rights, adopted just over 70 years ago. These are now the principles that drive the efforts of governments, international bodies, communities, families and individuals all around the world. …


Joint Op-Ed by the European Union’s High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell and the European Commission’s Head of UK Task Force Michel Barnier

On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union. We lost a member of our family. It was a sad moment for us, for European citizens — and, indeed, for many British citizens.

Nevertheless, we have always respected the sovereign decision of 52% of the British electorate, and we now look forward to starting a new chapter in our relations.

Emotions aside, 1 February turned out to be historic but also undramatic. This is largely thanks to the Withdrawal Agreement that we negotiated with the UK, which enabled us to secure ‘an orderly Brexit’. …


Chef and philanthropist José Andrés spoke at our COP25 preview event organized together with the Embassy of Spain, the Embassy of Chile, the World Resources Institute, and the Global Covenant of Mayors on November 19, 2019.

José Andrés was a guest speaker at the “Climate Action and COP25” event hosted by the Embassy of Spain, the Embassy of Chile, the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, and the World Resources Institute.

It was with a sense of urgency that the Ambassador of Chile, Alfonso Silva Navarro, addressed the audience of energy and climate experts gathered at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain on November 19. 2019. The event was organized to give a preview of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain, under the presidency of Chile.

Celebrity chef José…


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The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh (ISIS) Ministerial Meeting took place in Washington, D.C., November 14, 2019, bringing together some 30 countries and partners to discuss the work that still remains to be done to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh. The European Union was represented by Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs of the European External Action Service Jean-Christophe Belliard.

Belliard stressed that the battle against the Islamic State is far from over. “Daesh has been defeated territorially, but Daesh is still around and it can start again,” he said pointing out that the root causes that contributed to…


France — Capt. Thomas H. Garahan of the 100th Division, XV Corps, 7th U.S. Army, raises an American flag in Bitche, France. The city was captured on March 16, 1945 after a siege of many months.

While Veterans Day may be a United States holiday, it has deep and solemn European roots. For it was born out of World War I — the global conflict sparked on our European continent.

Over the past century, iconic places in Europe have become synonymous with transatlantic service and sacrifice. Normandy. Belleau Wood. These are the places where Americans, side by side with Europeans, fought to defend liberty, freedom and justice.

Far removed from the darkness of World War II and the division of the Cold War, today the European Union and its Member States remain stalwart partners and allies…


Joint Op-Ed by Federica Mogherini, High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission; Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees; and António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration.

COLOMBIA. Venezuelans risk life and limb to seek help in Colombia. A father carries his young daughter through treacherous, muddy scrublands by the banks of the Tachira River, which forms the border between Venezuela and Colombia. In a context of rampant hyperinflation, food shortages, political turmoil, violence and persecution, more than 4.5 million Venezuelans have fled the country, making such perilous journeys in search of safety. © UNHCR/Vincent Tremeau

For decades, Venezuela was a host country for refugees, as well as a destination for migrants drawn by its economy’s booming oil, agriculture and manufacturing sectors. Now its population is draining away. The flight which is unfolding before our eyes is the result of political instability, growing insecurity and human rights violations, all compounded by the economic collapse of the country.

This is the most severe and fastest-growing refugee and migrant…


Your 2019 #KidsEUFest Guide

Find more events and information at KidsEuroFestival.org

When you can’t go to Europe, Europe comes to you! Kids Euro Festival is back for its 12th edition with numerous programs for kids to enjoy. From Hungarian folktales and German interactive theatre, this is the time to discover first-hand some of Europe’s rich heritage at one of America’s largest performing arts festivals for children.

With over 80 performances, workshops, films, and story times for kids 2 to 12, we’ve selected some events you won’t want to miss this year. All events are free, but most require a reservation.


European Commission President-Elect Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President David Sassoli, and European Council President-Elect Charles Michel met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels.

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