Alexandra Brzozowski

Europe's East 20-04-2021

Russia does everything to incite provocations, Kyiv warns

Russia will soon have more than 120,000 troops on Ukraine’s border, the country’s foreign minister warned on Tuesday (20 April), after the EU, US and NATO allies denounced the large build-up of Russian troops alongside Ukraine’s eastern borders. “The situation...
Enlargement 20-04-2021

EU to provide vaccines for Western Balkan frontline healthcare workers

The EU will provide 651,000 COVID-19 jabs from its joint procurement for frontline healthcare workers in the six partner countries in the Western Balkans, the European Commission announced on Tuesday (20 April). The announcement comes after China and Russia distributed...
Europe's East 20-04-2021

Tsikhanouskaya: Repressions are escalating, EU should be ‘braver’ in its sanction policy

Actions of the international community, including European sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, have to be ‘faster and braver‘ to support Belarusian civil society in its struggle, Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya told EURACTIV. “The protest mood hasn’t been...
Elections 20-04-2021

Germany’s CDU backs Laschet for chancellor candidate after bruising spat

Armin Laschet, the leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) has won the backing of his party to run as the conservative chancellor candidate to succeed Angela Merkel at the September election. The move comes after rival Markus Söder, who leads...
Global Europe 16-04-2021

Global Europe Brief: Western Balkan faultlines

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. You can subscribe here. /// EDITOR’s TAKE EU foreign ministers were scheduled to hold a debate with and about the Western Balkans during their meeting...
Enlargement 16-04-2021

Michel silent over unofficial document mulling border changes in Western Balkans

A phantom document proposing controversial border changes across the Western Balkans caused a political storm in the region and in Brussels this week. While most EU officials had little knowledge of the elusive document, the office of European Council President Charles Michel could not deny receiving it.  EURACTIV took a closer look
Politics 14-04-2021

Belgium looks towards ‘cautious’ relaxations, with hospitality sector to open on 8 May

Belgium's Consultation Committee on Wednesday (14 April) decided to 'cautiously' loosen certain COVID-19 restrictions, including lifting a travel ban, reopening outdoor terraces for the hospitality sector and extending social bubbles.

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Hold your horses

A crowd running from water cannons. An accredited journalist refused entry. The roar of police helicopters above a horde of shielded officers. Riderless horses roaming the streets. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a scene from an uprising. But...
Global Europe 14-04-2021

US increases military presence in Germany in reversal of Trump policy

The US announced on Tuesday (13 April) it will ramp up its forces by 500  additional troops in Germany amid the latest tensions with Russia over Ukraine, in a reversal of former President Donald Trump’s plans to cut troops in...
Global Europe 13-04-2021

Ukraine mobilises NATO’s diplomatic and political means over Russia troops build-up

After Kyiv and Moscow traded blame over the worsening situation in the eastern Donbas region, Ukraine was able to mobilise its Western allies at political level, with several high-level meetings planned this week.
Future EU 12-04-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Michel’s musical chairs

European Council President Charles Michel missed a few good chances in Ankara. But despite his apology tour, where he tried to frame the 'Sofagate' incident as a diplomatic snub rather than a sexist move towards a female leader, this musical chair mishap will mark his mandate, which is up for evaluation in less than a year.
Politics 12-04-2021

Germany’s far-right AfD firms up election strategy with EU exit and anti-lockdown campaign

Germany’s far-right AfD party vowed to campaign for an end to COVID-19 restrictions, a tougher line on migration and an exit from the EU as it finalised its manifesto for the September elections on Sunday (11 April), with the radical...
Global Europe 09-04-2021

Global Europe Brief: Looking beyond the sofa

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. You can subscribe here. /// EDITOR’s TAKE Three presidents, two chairs… The Ankara incident has created another headache for the EU to deal with after...
Global Europe 09-04-2021

Protocol scandal symbolises the state of EU-Turkey relations, EU lawmaker says

We shouldn't place "sofa-gate" into the epicentre of a plenary debate, but rather discuss how to rebuild relations with Turkey under a President who no longer has a commitment toward a European future, a leading MEP told EURACTIV.
Arctic Agenda 07-04-2021

Nordic countries set up Sámi reconciliation commissions to investigate indigenous injustices

Colonial era policies in northern Scandinavia continue to affect Sámi life, culture and land use. Meanwhile, truth commissions are being set up and aim to investigate injustices against Indigenous people carried out by the states. There are an estimated 100,000...
Non-discrimination 31-03-2021

Rise of nationalist parties threatens to stall progress on race discrimination in Belgium

In 2021, Belgium will mark 40 years since the national Anti-Racism Act was passed. However, despite efforts to combat racism and ethnic discrimination, complaints of racism rose by almost 50% in 2020.
Coronavirus 31-03-2021

The Brief, powered by bp – Not that ‘smart’ after all

All it took was a few hours of warm weather and the Brussels parks were suddenly flooded with hundreds of young people on Tuesday as if there had never been any confinement. Similar pictures could be seen across Europe - a clear sign that people are reaching their confinement limits during this seemingly never-ending pandemic.

The Brief, powered by BP – Franco-German troubleshooting

Two parallel efforts to develop Europe’s next-generation fighter jets are making progress. One of them, however, looks like it is stalling, caught in a spat between participants and political realities. The European defence market is looking forward to two sixth-generation...
Politics 26-03-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Kanzlerinnendämmerung

We saw a preview of the upcoming change of guard in German politics this week...
Global Europe 26-03-2021

Global Europe Brief, powered by FACEBOOK: Protagonist, supporting actor, or both?

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. You can subscribe here. /// EDITOR’s TAKE The debate about how to define strategic autonomy, a catchphrase coined by French President Emmanuel Macron, has been...
Non-discrimination 25-03-2021

Unbalanced hate: Lack of data abets geography of discrimination in Europe

A lack of equalities data across the EU contributes to structural and institutional inequalities, stakeholders say. The European Commission has promised to pursue better data collection on race and ethnicity to better tackle discrimination. “Over the past few years, we...
Non-discrimination 25-03-2021

Where is discrimination in Europe?

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According to available data from the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and other organisations, encroachments on fundamental rights are widespread in European countries.
Politics 25-03-2021

Belgium enters new four-week Easter lockdown

Belgium has announced it will close schools, limit access to non-food stores and hairdressers for four weeks from Saturday, in a strict renewed lockdown designed to contain a rising third wave of COVID-19 infections.
Global Europe 25-03-2021

Netherlands, Spain lead the way for more EU strategic autonomy

Spain and the Netherlands in a joint call on Wednesday (24 March) urged the EU to ditch unanimity decisions and keep its economy open, as it tries to become more independent of global powers like the US and Asia in...