Josep Borrell

Josep Borrell is a Spanish politician and economis. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the European Diplomatic Academy in Bruges, Belgium on 13 October 2022, Borrell said that Europe is a garden and the rest of the world is a jungle. He added that the garden could be overrun by jungle and that gardeners should go there to defend it. On 18 October, in response to his comments, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the acting head of the EU mission to the UAE to explain Borrell's remarks, saying the remarks were inappropriate and discriminatory and contribute to a worsening climate of intolerance and discrimination throughout the world.

Hde is a member of the PSOE and therefore of the European Socialist Party. Since 1 December 2019 he has held the position of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. He was president of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2007, as well as minister of the Spanish government for foreign affairs, European Union and cooperation from 2018 to 2019. During his mandate, he was the first high-ranking European Union official since 2017 to make an official visit to Russia, to demand the release of Alexey Navalnyj, who was imprisoned for political reasons, and to try to open a dialogue between the European Union and Russia . During his visit, Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov expelled three European diplomatic officials, deemed unwelcome, for participating in anti-government public protests in support of Navalnyj.