Alexandra Brzozowski

Politics 18-01-2022

Local communities mull EU treaty change in bloc-wide democracy experiment

The success of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) depends on the geographical spread and depth of the debate and proper follow-up, EU stakeholders warn.
Global Europe 16-01-2022

Global Europe Brief: Has diplomacy with Russia failed?

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. You can subscribe to receive our newsletter here. In this week’s edition: From Brest to Brest, Eastern partners in focus and Mali mission continued? Geneva,...
Europe's East 14-01-2022

EU pledges cyber support to Ukraine, pins hopes on Normandy format

Amid tensions with Russia and after a massive cyberattack, EU foreign ministers pledged additional support to Ukraine on Friday (14 January). France and Germany, meanwhile, aim to restart efforts to mediate between Kyiv and Moscow.
EU-Africa 13-01-2022

EU wants to continue its military missions in Mali, but ‘not at any cost’

The EU's role in an anti–jihadist defence and security mission in the Sahel region is under increasing threat as relations with the military government in Mali continue to decline over delayed elections and the presence of Russian mercenaries, EU officials conceded on Thursday.
Global Europe 13-01-2022

Stronger support for Eastern partners finds way into amended EU military strategy proposal

Amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine, the EU is set to enshrine stronger support, including in security and defence, for its Eastern partners, according to the latest version of the bloc’s upcoming military strategy document, seen by EURACTIV. “The EU...

NATO says ‘significant differences’ remain with Russia

There are 'significant differences' between Russia and NATO over Ukraine that will be difficult to bridge, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said after roughly five hours of talks on Wednesday (12 January), where Moscow repeated its demands for European security guarantees.
Europe's East 12-01-2022

NATO meets with Russia amid tug-of-war over Ukraine

NATO and Russian officials are set to meet for talks in Brussels on Wednesday (12 January) to discuss Moscow’s military build-up along the Ukrainian border and European security. Wednesday’s meeting constitutes the first talks in the NATO-Russia Council since 2019. NATO...

US, Russia make no breakthrough or concessions in security talks, commit to keep talking

After nearly eight hours of negotiations in Geneva on Monday (10 January), talks between US and Russian officials over European security offered no sign of a major breakthrough.
Global Europe 09-01-2022

Global Europe Brief: What to expect in 2022

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. You can subscribe to receive our newsletter here. Welcome to the first Global Europe newsletter of 2022. As we move into a new year, we would...
Europe's East 05-01-2022

Borrell calls for EU involvement in Ukraine security talks

EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell vowed the bloc’s full support for Ukraine Wednesday (5 January) as he visited the country’s war-torn east just ahead of a flurry of talks between Western and Russian officials on the crisis, in which the...
Europe's East 03-01-2022

EU’s Borrell to visit Ukraine frontline amid Russia tensions

The EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell will visit Ukraine's frontline later this week, the European Commission has announced, in a show of support for Kyiv amid Russia's military build-up along its border.
Global Europe 03-01-2022

2022: Europe’s ‘ring of fire’ keeps smouldering

In 2022, EU foreign policy looks towards some fire fighting to salvage what is left of the once-dominant dream of building a ‘ring of friends’ from the Caucasus to the Sahara. Over the past year, Europe has woken up to...
Coronavirus 22-12-2021

The Brief – The heavy price of indecision

As governments tighten restrictions around Europe in a belated effort to halt the march of the Omicron variant, the question on everyone's mind is whether another lockdown is coming after, or even before, Christmas.
Global Europe 19-12-2021

Global Europe Brief: Russia’s draft security pacts, unpacked

In this week’s edition: Russia security offers to the West, EUCO's Ukraine diplomacy and EU's African military missions review over Wagner links.

EU to review its African military missions following Wagner link

The EU will conduct Strategic Reviews in early 2022 into its military and defence cooperation missions in Africa, following reports that EU officials were providing training to local forces in the Central African Republic alongside the Russian mercenary group, Wagner. 
Europe's East 17-12-2021

EU leaders warn Russia of ‘massive consequences’ in case of aggression against Ukraine

EU leaders on Thursday (16 December) agreed to coordinate with allies over potential sanctions against Russia in the event of further military aggression on Ukraine. The problem remains to define what level of escalation would trigger what sort of response.
Europe's East 16-12-2021

Ukraine diplomacy looms large as EU leaders meet Eastern Partnership counterparts

As tensions between Ukraine and Russia are at their highest in years, EU leaders and their Eastern Partnership counterparts met on Wednesday (15 December) for a summit aimed to reaffirm the strategic importance of the region. The EU summit with...
Europe's East 15-12-2021

Too many loopholes left in Belarus sanctions regime, says Tsikhanouskaya

Western sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko's regime need to be better coordinated to fill the currently existing loopholes, Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya told EURACTIV ahead of a crucial Eastern Partnership summit this week.  
Global Europe 14-12-2021

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs — Dancing around the Olympic flag pole

Europe is split over its political representation at the upcoming Beijing Olympics - and its dilly-dallying has already awarded China its first victory.
Global Europe 13-12-2021

EU explores Russia options, adopts sanctions against Wagner group

EU foreign ministers on Monday (13 December) discussed options for a possible new round of economic sanctions against Russia, in coordination with the United States and Britain, ahead of two crucial summits in Brussels this week.
Global Europe 12-12-2021

Global Europe Brief: A security dimension for the Eastern Partnership?

In this week’s edition: Eastern Partnership security, Beijing boycott and trade war deterrents.
Economy & Jobs 08-12-2021

With geopolitics in mind, EU Commission presents new tool to deter trade wars

The European Commission proposed a powerful new trade instrument on Wednesday (8 December) that would give it more power to impose sanctions on third countries.
Global Europe 05-12-2021

Global Europe Brief, powered by FACEBOOK: Inside NATO’s battlegroups

In this week’s edition: NATO's Russia worries, China on EU's (investment) mind and Croatia's border violence.

EU-US to start new defence and security dialogue in early 2022

A previously touted US-EU dialogue on security and defence is set to be launched in early 2022, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell announced in a statement on Friday (3 December).