European Union Director of Military Staff Visits AFRICOM

August 28, 2017 – A top European Union military leader visited Headquarters U.S. Africa Command, in Stuttgart, Germany, to discuss ways to further strengthen the strategic relationship between the two entities, Aug. 24. Lt. Gen. Esa Pulkkinen, the Director General of the EU Military Staff and Director of the EU Military Planning and Conduct Capability, spent ...
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Remarks by Secretary Mattis at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

"We can see U.S. support for NATO's forward presence extended out to 2020 for the security of the United States and all NATO nations. We can see the $4.8 billion requested by President Trump last month for the European reassurance initiative, an increase over our commitment last year.  Beyond any words in the newspapers, you ...
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Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (May 10, 2017)

Readout, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC, May 10, 2017  (Image AP) The below is attributable to Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today in Washington for more than an hour to discuss a range of issues including Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral concerns. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the importance of defeating ISIS, de-escalating the violence in ...
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Press Release by Secretary Tillerson: On the Occasion of Europe Day (May 9, 2017)

Press Statement, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Washington DC, May 9, 2017 In honor of Europe Day, I join all Americans in offering our best wishes to the citizens of the European Union. The United States and the European Union have a strong and enduring partnership based on our shared democratic values, strong economic ties, and mutual commitment to addressing global challenges. The United States deeply appreciates ...
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Press Statement by Secretary Tillerson: On the Occasion of Poland’s Constitution Day (May 2, 2017)

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/05/270585.htm Press Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Washington, DC, May 2, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Poland on the 226th anniversary of your historic constitution. The United States and Poland are close friends, and our partnership continues to strengthen. We share democratic values, strong cultural and ...
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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats

  Media Note, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC, April 26, 2017 https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/04/270464.htm Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our Allies and the U.S. homeland. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is ...
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Press Releases: Death of Special Monitoring Mission Member in Eastern Ukraine (Apr. 23, 2017)

Press Statement, Mark C. Toner , Acting Spokesperson, Washington, DC, April 23, 2017 (Image AP) https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/04/270397.htm The United States is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of a U.S. citizen serving as a paramedic with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), when his vehicle struck an explosive in separatist controlled territory in eastern ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability (April 19, 2017)

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/04/270341.htm Press Availability, Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State, Treaty Room, Washington, DC, April 19, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon, all. The Trump administration is currently conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy. Today I’d like to address Iran’s alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence, destabilizing more than one country at ...
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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability (Apr 12, 2017)

Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State, Moscow, Russia, April 12, 2017 (Image AP) https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/04/270136.htm FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good evening. This has been a long day. We have had talks with State Secretary of the U.S. Rex Tillerson. Right now, we have had a long conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. It has lasted ...
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Interview of Secretary of State Tillerson With John Dickerson of CBS Face the Nation (April 9, 2017)

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/04/269632.htm QUESTION: We want to welcome Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the broadcast. Mr. Secretary, thank you for being with us. As a start, what message was being sent to the Syrian leader with the U.S. military action? SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, John, I think that the President was quite clear in his statement that he ...
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Interview of Secretary of State Tillerson With George Stephanopoulos of ABC This Week (Apr 9, 2017)

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/ QUESTION: So what will President Trump do now? Will Thursday’s strike be followed by a new strategy to remove Assad from power? That was my first question for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his first interview on This Week. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, George, I think our strategy in Syria, as you know, our priority, ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Press Availability With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (March 30, 2017)

    Ankara, Turkey, March 30, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: (In progress) Minister Cavusoglu, and I am privileged to be visiting Turkey today, a NATO ally and a friend of the United States in a very turbulent part of the world. I met with President Erdogan and the foreign minister to convey President Trump’s commitment to strengthening ...
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Press Release: Secretary of State Tillerson To Travel to Ankara and Brussels (March 24, 2017)

Press Statement by Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson, Department of State, Washington, DC, March 24, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Ankara, Turkey, on March 30, to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior Turkish government officials, continuing the United States’ high-level engagement with our NATO Ally. Secretary Tillerson will ...
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Readout of Vice president Mike Pence’s Meeting with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini (Mar 22, 2017)

  READOUT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT’S MEETING WITH EU HIGH REPRESENTATIVE AND VICE PRESIDENT FEDERICA MOGHERINI The Vice President met today with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ partnership with the European Union. The leaders underscored their commitment to work together to address transnational threats and ...
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Press Releases: Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to a Sovereign and Whole Ukraine on the Third Anniversary of Russia’s Crimean “Referendum̶

Press Statement, Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson, March 16, 2017 https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/03/268482.htm Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does not recognize Russia’s “referendum” of March 16, 2014, nor its attempted ...
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Tillerson: On President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress (March 1, 2017)

Press Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/03/268088.htm As the President laid out in his address to Congress , the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, including a robust NATO where ...
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Why US, EU need to work together to defeat terrorism

By Anthony Luzzatto Gardner This article is part of New Europe’s: Our World in 2016 Belgium – Brussels : Bertrand Naverret trained as a lawyer, but gave up his law practice to work as a carpenter and surf the waves off Capbreton. On November 13, 2015, Bertand was tragically murdered by terrorists in Paris while ...
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Speech: Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at the European Policy Centre September 26, 2016

European Policy Center, September 26, 2016 Speech delivered by U.S. Ambassador to the EU Anthony L. Gardner “The State of Transatlantic Relations” When I told my son, then aged 13, that I had been appointed US Ambassador to the European Union, he looked at me, his eyes wide with disbelief and said “You?” I thought ...
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Speech: Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at Amcham Dublin (5 July 2016)

It is good to be back in Dublin. Although I can’t claim any Irish ancestry, my Spanish wife is a Mac-Crohon with strong Irish roots in County Kerry. So my better half is indeed better. It is a relief to be here and not have to talk about the U.S. election campaign. As a representative ...
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Press Release: Under Secretary Sewall Launches Initial U.S.-EU Security and Development Dialogue

Brussels, Belgium, June 8, 2016 Department of State Under Secretary Sarah Sewall led the U.S. delegation to the initial U.S.-EU Security and Development Dialogue on June 8 in Brussels, Belgium. The U.S.-EU SDD is a quadrilateral exchange between the U.S. and EU foreign affairs and development assistance agencies. The U.S. delegation to this also included ...
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Speech: Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at the European University Institute, The US-EU Relationship: Holding Firm in Turbulent Times

It is good to be back at the European University Institute. Under Professor Weiler’s outstanding leadership, this institute continues to provide important intellectual input on EU affairs, as it has for the past 40 years. As the European project continues to be confronted with serious challenges, your work is needed now more than ever before. ...
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Press Release: Remarks of Secretary Lew on the Evolution of Sanctions & Lessons for the Future at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Thank you for the kind introduction. As many of you know, Ambassador Burns and I were close colleagues at the State Department. Bill is an American treasure, one of the great diplomats of our day, and a good friend. It is a pleasure to be here with him and all of you today. And thank ...
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Speech: Ambassador Gardner’s Address to the U.S. and EU Joint Security Workshop (March 23, 2016)

Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Good morning.  I want to thank Rob Wainwright and his staff for working with the United States and the European Commission to organize this first ever joint EU and US security workshop. I also want to thank Commissioner Avramopoulos and all of the staff at DG ...
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European Union and United States Convene Fourth CBRN Risk Mitigation Strategic Dialogue

On February 19, the European Union and the United States conducted the fourth Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Strategic Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium. The dialogue, which was led on the EU side by Joëlle Jenny, Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention (EEAS) and Adriaan Van Der Meer, Head of Unit for Stability, Security, ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks for the 2015 Ambassador in Review Wrap-Up

2015 was an eventful year, which proved that the US-EU bond is holding firm despite the many challenges facing the US-EU partnership – both within Europe and beyond. This year, I have been struck by the continued relevance, perhaps as never before, of our common transatlantic values. I feel very confident that the EU is ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Handelsblatt Invterview; ‘Europe Should Welcome German Leadership’

Handelsblatt (Dec 23) – In an interview with Handelsblatt, Anthony Gardner, the United States ambassador to the E.U., said Europe needs German leadership. He said he was surprised by the aversion many Europeans have to the planned TTIP free trade deal, and frustrated by the public narrative in Europe that Americans don’t care about data ...
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EUCOM News: “EU and EUCOM expand cooperation, information sharing to boost security”

MONS, Belgium – In an effort to increase cooperation and enhance security, European Union Military Staff (EUMS) director general, Lt. Gen. Wolfgang Wosolsobe and United States European Command (EUCOM) commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove signed an administrative arrangement today in Mons, Belgium to facilitate the exchange of information and cooperation between both organizations. The formal agreement described the primary roles and ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s remarks at the Cercle des Nouveaux Mondes (French Version)

C’est un plaisir d’être parmi vous aujourd’hui et de prendre la parole en présence  d’éminents experts. Je salue tout particulièrement Jean-Daniel Tordjman, pour son invitation et pour son charmant accueil. Etant membre du Cercle Interallié, je me sens chez moi. Pour moi, c’est un moment fascinant d’être en poste en tant qu’Ambassadeur des Etats-Unis auprès de ...
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Ambassador Gardner Remarks at Independence Day Celebration

Welcome.  Thank you for attending this year’s Independence Day Celebration. And I would like to thank our sponsors for making this event possible. All of you know that July 4 represents the birth of the United States as an independent country. But what exactly happened on that day? It wasn’t the day when the Continental ...
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Interview John W. Bird – U.S. Mission to the EU

Cybersecurity, what is going on at U.S. & EU level? John W. Bird, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Attaché to the EU and NATO, talks about threats and challenges in the area of cybersecurity. Where are the main threats coming from and what are the U.S. and the EU doing together to address this? Listen ...
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Foreign Fighters, U.S. EU efforts to counter violent extremism

Although the number of foreign fighters returning from Syria or Iraq is significantly higher in Europe, the threat that these individuals pose is similar in both the EU and United States. Tom Rogan, a counterterrorism expert at the U.S. Mission to the EU, explains these threats and what the U.S. and the EU are doing, ...
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U.S. Ambassador to UN Delivers Speech in Brussels

Thank you General, it is great to be back in Brussels. It goes without saying in 2015 that we live in a time of myriad crises. Conventional and unconventional, aggressive state actors and marauding non-state actors, nearby and far away. The United States and Europe have a vital stake in curbing conflicts beyond our borders. ...
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Europolitics Interview with Ambassador Gardner

Europolitics interview with Anthony Gardner, U.S. Ambassador to the EU By  Joanna Sopinska 22 January 2015 Christophe Garach contributed to this article Anthony Gardner talks to Europolitics about Washington’s policy priorities in its close relationship with the European Union. What changes have you noticed in the way the European Commission is operating under Jean-Claude Juncker’s new leadership? I ...
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A Vital Partnership: US-EU Relations Are Increasingly Significant in Global Affairs

The most significant, vital, and effective bilateral relationship in the world is that between the United States of America and the European Union. This is not hyperbole. The coinciding twentieth anniversaries of the European Foreign Affairs Review and of the New Transatlantic Agenda – on which I worked at President Clinton’s National Security Council (NSC) ...
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Ambassador Gardner on Priorities for the U.S.-EU Relationship

Remarks at Regent’s University London November 11, 2014 (As prepared for delivery) Thank you, Professor Drew, for that kind introduction. I am pleased to be at Regent’s University to speak about U.S.-EU Relations. I’m pleased to be joined here by my friends Fernando Guimaraes of the External Action Service and Sanford Henry of Chatham House. ...
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Ambassador Gardner Visits EP’s U.S. Delegation

On November 6, 2014, Ambassador Gardner held an exchange of views in Brussels with the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the United States. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: Chairman McAllister, Vice Chair Kofod, Vice Chair Schaake, Distinguished Members of the Delegation for Relations with the United States, Thank you for inviting ...
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The U.S. and the EU: From Transatlantic Relationship to Global Partnership

Thank you, Fabian, for that introduction.  I appreciate EPC hosting me today, and I thank you for your work and that of Elizabeth Bisland and the rest of your team in putting together this morning’s event.  Like many diplomatic missions in this town, we at USEU deeply value the work that EPC does to provide ...
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Ambassador Gardner Reacts to Shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum

Ambassador Gardner Reacts to Shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum I wish to express on behalf of the United States of America the shock and sadness we feel learning of the shooting yesterday at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, the capital of the European Union, as well as of Belgium. We are outraged by this senseless ...
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Blog on the U.S.-EU Summit and President Obama’s Visit to Brussels: Off to a Fast and Exciting Start

Off to a Fast and Exciting Start   I arrived in Brussels to assume my duties just in time: I presented my credentials to Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso one week before President Barack Obama came to town. The excitement in the Mission and among our EU partners and contacts in Brussels ...
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U.S.-EU Summit in Brussels

President Obama was in Brussels on March 26, 2014, for the U.S.-EU Summit, a press conference with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and a speech on transatlantic relations . The joint U.S.-EU summit statement reaffirmed the “strong partnership” between the European Union and the United States, and addressed a number of issues, most notably the crisis in ...
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President Prodi met with TPN members to discuss Transatlantic Partnership

Below is a press release issued by the European Commission: IP/04/218 A group of political members of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) met today with President Romano Prodi to present TPN’s recently published set of recommendations to strengthen Transatlantic partnership (footnote). The TPN group included Members of European Parliament Elmar Brok, James Elles and Erika ...
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New Transatlantic Agenda

I. Promoting Peace and Stability, Democracy and Development Around the World II. Responding to Global Challenges III. Conbtributing to the Expansion of World Trade and Closer Economic Relations IV. Builiding Bridges Across the Atlantic V. Parliamentary Links VI. Implementing Agenda We, the United States of America and the European Union, affirm our conviction that the ...
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Declaration on U.S. – EC Relations

The United States of America on one side and, on the other, the European Community and its member States, Mindful of their common heritage and of their close historical, political, economic and cultural ties, Guided by their faith in the values of human dignity, intellectual freedom and civil liberties, and in the democratic institutions which ...
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