Alexandra Brzozowski

Elections 13-07-2020

Duda likely to win Polish presidential election as result still too close to call

Poland's right-wing President Andrzej Duda has probably won a second term in office in a tightly contested presidential election run-off held on Sunday (12 July), according to an official exit poll, although the results were still uncertain on Monday morning.
Global Europe 09-07-2020

The Brief, powered by BSEF – A ‘forgotten’ conflict

Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, whose collapsed health system is unable to cope with COVID-19, has been devastated by civil war, with no end in sight. But contrary to the wars in Syria and Libya,...
Global Europe 09-07-2020

Global Europe Brief: German priorities, Turkish problems & unfreezing talks

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski.

Arms control tit-for-tat continues as treaty deadlines loom

The world's only remaining nuclear arms control treaty is set to expire in less than a year unless Russia and the US agree to roll it over. While Washington has repeatedly called on China to take part in negotiations to extend it, the overall tone between the three nuclear powers is becoming rough.

Germany wants EU ‘hospital trains’ as new military project

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need to re-evaluate military threat perceptions across the EU, German defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Wednesday (8 July) while presenting the German EU Council Presidency priorities in security in defence for the next six months.

Germany spent over $1 billion to cover costs linked to US troops presence

Germany has spent more than $1 billion over the past decade to cover the costs related to the stationing of US troops on its territory, according to figures by the German finance ministry, which a key government official called "anything but too high", citing related economic benefits.
Enlargement 06-07-2020

France, Germany seek to unfreeze stalled Kosovo-Serbia talks

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host together with the EU a video summit on Friday (10 July) between Serbia and Kosovo aimed at easing tensions between the Balkan rivals.
Global Europe 02-07-2020

Global Europe Brief: Re-Open EU, ‘End of Hong Kong’ & Illegal visits

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski. You can subscribe here. /// RE-OPENING EUROPE After quite some back and forth, the EU ultimately agreed on...
Future EU 01-07-2020

The Brief – Revive the Weimar Triangle, or kill it

With Germany taking the helm of the EU Council, there is a unique opportunity to revive the cooperation format between Berlin, Paris and Warsaw.
Politics 01-07-2020

Almost two-thirds of MEPs do not report lobby meetings

Almost two-thirds of EU lawmakers do not report meetings with lobbyists, according to a Transparency International (TI) analysis of collected data on lobby meetings published by MEPs on the European Parliament website.
Global Europe 01-07-2020

International donors pledge $7.7 billion in aid to Syria

International donors pledged $7.7 billion in aid to face the ongoing humanitarian crisis at a Syrian aid summit co-hosted by the EU and the United Nations on Tuesday (30 June).
Global Europe 30-06-2020

EU lifts travel restrictions for 15 third countries from 1 July, excluding the US

The EU agreed on Tuesday (30 June) on a 'safe travel list' including 15 third countries from where travel to Europe will be possible from 1 July, with the notable exception of the United States, where COVID-19 is still spreading.

Belgian King expresses ‘deepest regrets’ over Congo’s colonial past

Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" on Tuesday (29 June) for the harm done during the Belgian colonial rule in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the first such admission for his country, after last month's death of African American George Floyd rekindled the debate in Belgium about its colonial past.
Global Europe 25-06-2020

Global Europe Brief: EU-China stalemate, Kosovo indictment & summer talks

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski. You can subscribe here. /// EU IN THE WORLD EU-CHINA. No tangible progress was made on several key...
24-06-2020

The Brief – Oops, he did it again…

Yes, French President Emmanuel Macron appears to have an idée fixe concerning the medical condition of NATO. In late 2019, Macron’s comments on the “brain death” of the alliance came as a shock, and possibly a welcome wake-up call. But...

US, Russia to resume ‘productive’ nuclear disarmament talks later this summer

Russia and the US hope to meet for a second round of nuclear disarmament talks as soon as possible, perhaps already in late July or early August, a US special envoy said after the first negotiating round on the future of the world’s two largest nuclear powers concluded in Vienna on Monday (22 June).
EU-China 22-06-2020

No progress on trade, investment, Hong Kong as EU wraps-up tense China summit

No tangible progress was made on several key issues as leaders from the EU and China met for a tense virtual summit on Monday (22 June), amid tensions over tariffs targeting Chinese firms and Europe's fears over Beijing's growing global authority.

NATO opens probe into France-Turkey naval incident in Mediterranean

NATO is investigating an incident in the Eastern Mediterranean in which France says Turkish frigates were "extremely aggressive" towards a French navy vessel participating in a NATO mission in the Mediterranean, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday (18 June).
Global Europe 18-06-2020

Global Europe Brief: Transatlantic rifts, Chinese risks

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski.
EU-China 18-06-2020

Caught between US and Beijing, EU approaches challenging China summit talks

While the EU is still struggling to find a common position on China, Beijing hopes to boost ‘strategic trust’ when its leaders hold a video summit with European Council President Charles Michel and Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen next...

US-NATO Ambassador: America remains deeply committed to Europe

There is no sign of a US retreat from Europe's security structure, the US Ambassador to NATO told EURACTIV, commenting on Washington's troop withdrawal plans from Germany. At the same time, NATO secretary-general confirmed that President Donald Trump had decided on the withdrawal without informing the alliance in advance.
Politics 16-06-2020

Europe’s tourism dilemma explained

Empty squares, deserted beaches and cancelled trips - the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown Europe’s tourism industry into chaos. Will we be able to go on holidays this summer? Will Europe’s travel industry survive the pandemic? And what is the EU doing in all this?
Global Europe 16-06-2020

EU to coordinate request for NATO’s participation in Libya mission

EU foreign minister met on Monday (15 June) with their US counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, amid a widening transatlantic rift over Israel and requests from some member states to step up cooperation on Libya.
Politics 16-06-2020

All you need to know about Europe lifting its internal border restrictions

After nearly three months of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns and in a bid to save Europe's summer, the bloc is slowly reopening its internal borders. However, nearly every member state is playing by its own timetable and rules. EURACTIV's media network took a closer look.
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