Alexandra Brzozowski

Finland, Sweden eye pre-summit talks for NATO bid breakthrough

Eleventh-hour talks between Finland, Sweden and Turkey on Tuesday (28 June) are expected to bring movement into the stalemate over the two Nordic countries NATO bids as NATO leaders gather in Madrid for the alliance summit.

NATO to massively increase high-readiness forces to 300,000

NATO plans to massively increase the number of its forces at high readiness to more than 300,000, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday (27 June) ahead of a crucial meeting of the alliance in Madrid later this week.
Global Europe 26-06-2022

Global Europe Brief: NATO mulls massive defence overhaul

In this week’s edition: Post-EUCO hangover, Western Balkans fury and NATO summit preview.
Europe's East 24-06-2022

EU leaders discuss France’s ‘silver bullet’ to stabilise the EU’s neighbourhood

France has its own silver bullet to stabilise the EU’s neighbourhood, and it’s not necessarily enlargement in the first place. French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (23 June) took the opportunity of an EU leaders’ brainstorming session about Europe to...
Europe's East 23-06-2022

EU leaders grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova

In a bold geopolitical move dubbed a "historic moment" for the bloc, EU leaders approved on Thursday (23 June) granting EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, following a European Commission recommendation.
Enlargement 23-06-2022

Western Balkans fume over enlargement deadlock

On the sidelines of the triumphant rhetoric over Ukraine and Moldova's imminent granting of EU candidate status, EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday (23 June) faced furious Western Balkan counterparts, highly frustrated about the lack of their own progress on the EU path.
Politics 23-06-2022

Ukraine and Moldova on a EU path/ Airport strikes inspire for ‘horror stories’

This week the European Council will decide on Ukraine and Moldova’s application to accede to the EU. The decision will determine whether Ukraine and Moldova will be able to embark on the path toward full EU membership, after getting the...
Enlargement 22-06-2022

The Brief – Beware of unkept promises

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revived Europe's enlargement, a process that has been deemed dead. Now EU member states need to keep it alive.
Europe's East 22-06-2022

EU closes ranks on Ukraine, Moldova candidate status as decision looms

EU leaders in Brussels are expected to sign off on last week’s recommendation by the European Commission to grant Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status, according to the latest EU summit draft conclusions, dated 21 June and seen by EURACTIV....
Enlargement 21-06-2022

Slovenia wants ‘magic formula’ on Western Balkans as EU leaders likely to fall short of solution

Slovenia has urged member states to send a strong political signal to the Western Balkans, while EU leaders are likely to fall short of firm commitments. EU leaders are set to meet for a summit between 23 and 24 June...
Europe's East 20-06-2022

EU says Lithuania acted ‘by the book’ in Kaliningrad standoff with Russia

Lithuania was not acting unilaterally and was only applying EU sanctions when it decided to ban the transit of some goods to Russia's Kaliningrad exclave, EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday (20 June).
Global Europe 19-06-2022

Global Europe Brief: What will EU leaders decide on future members?

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: EU leaders debate candidate status, Western Balkan hopes and India trade talks. Never...
EU-India 17-06-2022

EU, India relaunch talks for free trade agreement

The EU and India on Friday (17 June) formally relaunched negotiations to forge a free trade agreement, with the aim of completing talks by the end of 2023. “This partnership will become a defining moment for world trade in the...
Enlargement 17-06-2022

Ukraine, Moldova should get EU candidate status, Georgia might need to wait, EU executive says

The EU should grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, bringing them a step closer to bloc membership, while Georgia still has some homework to do, the European Commission said on Friday (17 June) in a highly-anticipated opinion on the bloc's future enlargement.
16-06-2022

Germany, France, Italy back EU candidate status for Ukraine

France, Germany, Italy, and Romania are all in favour of Ukraine receiving "immediate" official status of an EU candidate, leaders of the four EU countries said on Thursday (16 June) during a visit to the war-torn country struggling to repel a massive invasion launched by Russia.
Enlargement 16-06-2022

Western Balkan hopefuls hope to ride on Ukraine’s train to membership

Three of the four Western Balkan EU candidates have signed a joint statement with Ukraine in support of its EU candidacy, in a signal that fast-tracking the war-torn eastern country would not mess up their own slow-moving EU integration but...
Global Europe 13-06-2022

NATO’s Stoltenberg calls Turkey’s concerns on Sweden, Finland bids ‘legitimate’

Security concerns raised by Turkey in its opposition to Finland's and Sweden's NATO membership applications are 'legitimate' and talks with Ankara would continue, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday (12 June).
Global Europe 12-06-2022

Global Europe Brief: A ‘new dawn’ for EU enlargement?

In this week’s edition: Ukraine's candidate status, food crisis woes and Western Balkan enlargement frustration.
Europe's East 12-06-2022

Zhovkva: We don’t deserve a ‘Bosnia scenario’ on EU candidate status

Failure to grant Ukraine EU candidate status later this month would signal to Russia Europe's weakness and could plunge the country into the perpetual EU waiting room like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's foreign policy adviser, Ihor Zhovkva, told EURACTIV.
Europe's East 11-06-2022

Von der Leyen makes surprise visit to Kyiv to discuss Ukraine’s EU bid

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a surprise visit to Kyiv, the second trip to Ukraine since the start of Russia’s invasion, to discuss Ukraine’s bid to join the EU with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “The discussions today will...
EU-India 10-06-2022

EU and India to start trade negotiations, with 2024 target

After more than eight years of stalled negotiations on a comprehensive EU-India trade agreement, the two are set to formally restart talks from mid-June, with the aim to strike an agreement before both head to the polls in 2024.
Europe's East 10-06-2022

Ukraine makes diplomatic push to win over EU accession process doubters

Ukraine has launched a charm offensive in recent weeks to convince the still sceptical Western European capitals to grant the country EU candidate status and avoid the pitfall of being lumped together with two other eastern hopefuls, Moldova and Georgia. 
Europe's East 08-06-2022

The Brief – Turkey’s strategic ambiguity

Since the beginning of Russia's war in Ukraine, Turkey has repeatedly tried to act as a mediator, but what does Ankara hope to win from it?
Enlargement 08-06-2022

North Macedonia’s PM: We wish Ukraine good luck but for us, the EU didn’t deliver yet

The EU's stalled accession process has become a security issue amid an increase in the influence of foreign players in the vulnerable Western Balkans region, North Macedonia's Prime Minister Dimitar Kovačevski told EURACTIV in an interview.