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New Oral History interview with Josep Borrell now available

Posted on 25 July 2018

The Historical Archives of the European Union is adding an interview with Josep Borrell, President of the European Parliament between 2004-2007, to its oral history collection.

Josep Borrell visited the Historical Archives of the European Union on 31 May 2018 and was interviewed, as a part of the Archives’ oral history initiatives, by Maurizio Cotta, Professor of Political Science at the University of Siena.

The private interview took place in the framework of a larger series of events titled “Leaders Beyond the State” where all former presidents of European institutions are invited to the European University Institute for a public interview to record their experiences as leaders in transnational government. The series of interviews is organized by the School of Transnational Governance at the EUI, in collaboration with the Department of History and Civilization and the Historical Archives of the European Union.

The interview is now available in our holdings, as part of the oral history project “Leaders Beyond the State” and may be consulted by researchers interested in the history of European integration. It gives insight into Borrell’s experiences as a local, national and transnational leader as well as his views on Spanish and European politics since Spain’s accession to the EU, on the balance between EU and national interests, the European enlargement process, and on challenges faced by the EU in recent years.

The interview can be accessed here.