Alexandra Brzozowski

Global Europe 11-12-2019

Faced with defence budget threats, EU eyes new money sources

The ongoing EU budget negotiations have revealed the intention to enforce substantial cuts in Europe's external action agenda. This could represent another drawback for the bloc's defence ambitions and will be discussed by EU leaders at a summit on 12-13 December.

EU ministers break ground on European ‘Magnitsky Act’

EU foreign ministers on Monday (9 December) cleared the way to start work on a European ‘Magnitsky Act’, modelled along the lines of a similar-named US sanctions framework targeting individuals involved in human rights abuses worldwide who could face EU asset freezes and  travel bans.

Turkey continues to block NATO’s Eastern defence plans

Ankara has not shifted from its intentions to block the final decisions related to updating NATO's defence plan of the Poland and the Baltic States. Meanwhile, Eastern European calls for assurances of alliance commitments become more vocal.
Global Europe 05-12-2019

With new focus on China, NATO patches up stormy summit

NATO leaders wrapped up their acrimonious 70th-anniversary meeting in relative harmony on Wednesday (4 December), bridging a series of intense internal divisions and agreeing to focus more on the challenge of China's "growing international influence" and military might.

The Brief – Behind NATO’s security scenes

As leaks and bits of information selectively seep through NATO's meeting room doors, it is the gestures and details that matter and shape the legacy of its summits.

NATO Summit 2019 – Day #1

EURACTIV gives you an insight into the big talking points at this year’s NATO Leader’s meeting in London. In case you missed it, here’s Day 1 in a nutshell. Trump hits out at Macron, Macron hits out at Trump. As...
Global Europe 04-12-2019

What security minds think about NATO’s past and future

As NATO leaders gather for what is set to be an ill-tempered working session on Wednesday (4 December), EURACTIV.com asked EU and NATO stakeholders to assess challenges ahead and the future of the Alliance.

Poland hopes to sway Turkish threat to NATO’s Eastern defence plans

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday (3 December) he expects a solution during the two-day NATO gathering in London after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to reject military plans for Poland and the Baltic States.

Nobody needs NATO more than France, says Trump

US President Donald Trump weighed into the war of words on the state of NATO on Tuesday (3 December), wasting no time to hit back at French President Emmanuel Macron’s “brain death” claims. Speaking at a breakfast session alongside NATO...
Global Europe 02-12-2019

EDA chief: We need both, strategic autonomy and defence cooperation

With all the new types of challenges emerging in Europe, NATO can no longer do the job on its own, which is why Europe has to step up its defence cooperation, Jorge Domecq, who heads the European Defence Agency (EDA), told EURACTIV in his end-of-term interview.

Spooked by internal feuds, NATO summit threatens to go down in disarray

NATO leaders descend on London this week to mark the Alliance's seventy years of existence and attempt to mend the widening cracks in the Western military pact. But as the celebration could easily turn into a family feud, here are a couple of issues to watch.
Global Europe 29-11-2019

Six European countries join EU-Iran financial trading mechanism INSTEX

Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden will join the INSTEX mechanism for trade with Iran, the six countries declared in a joint statement on Friday (29 November) ahead of further talks between parties to the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna next week.
Global Europe 28-11-2019

NATO upgrades its ageing ‘eyes in the sky’

Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, signed a $1 billion contract to modernise NATO’s fleet of AWACS surveillance aircraft on Wednesday (27 November), striking a more optimistic note at a time of widening cracks in the transatlantic defence alliance.

Don’t trust Russia, Sentsov warns Europe ahead of Normandy summit

Freed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov warned Europeans against attempts to thaw ties with Russia as he belatedly received his 2018 Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament’s annual human rights award, on Tuesday (26 November). Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in...
Global Europe 26-11-2019

Amid Russia’s tightening embrace, Belarus seeks better ties with EU

Belarus is interested in building good-neighbourly ties with the European Union, and in particular with Stockholm and Helsinki, if there are no preconditions from the bloc, Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday (25 November).

With new judiciary appointments, Poland further escalates row with Brussels

The Polish Sejm began its new parliamentary term with a controversial approval of three new members of the Constitutional Tribunal, including two members of the ruling party, drawing criticism from the opposition and raising the stakes in the stand-off with Brussels.
Economy & Jobs 25-11-2019

ERC president: Brains should become main resource of Europe

Instead of funding 'business as usual'-research, the need to take a long-term perspective is crucial for innovative solutions, but that is often difficult to accept for policymakers, the head of a top European research agency told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Global Europe 22-11-2019

No progress in UN talks on regulating lethal autonomous weapons

Attempts to regulate lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWs), often dubbed as “killer robots”, have once again ended in a stalemate as UN talks in November produced few results. Europe, meanwhile, is struggling with its role in the regulation efforts.
Global Europe 21-11-2019

NATO braces for the new space age

NATO foreign ministers have formally recognised outer space as the fifth military frontier alongside air, land, sea and cyber on Wednesday (20 November), in response to growing concerns over protecting satellite and navigation assets from enemy interference.

Far-right terrorism has more than tripled over last four years, report warns

Although terrorism-related deaths saw a downward trend for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, widespread activity among right-wing terrorist groups has become a particular cause of concern, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) of 2019 published on Wednesday (20...
Future EU 15-11-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Incapacity to rule

The replacement hearings for the three rejected European Commissioner-designates were meant to be the beginning of the end of the Brussels job-division saga. However, further delays to the inauguration of Ursula von der Leyen's team may be looming, in what could be taken as a symptom of wider European indecisiveness.
Enlargement 14-11-2019

Hungary’s Commission pick survives enlargement test, deflects on Orban

The Western Balkans must have a credible perspective of joining the European Union as it is in Europe's geopolitical interest, Hungary's Commissioner-designate for enlargement and neighbourhood told his European Parliament hearing on Wednesday (14 November).
Global Europe 12-11-2019

EU expands military cooperation with 13 new joint projects

EU defence ministers on Tuesday (12 November) signed off on the third wave of 13 new proposals under the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework, raising the number of agreed joint military projects to 47 initiatives.
Global Europe 12-11-2019

Europeans ‘extremely concerned’ after nuclear watchdog confirms Iranian breach

France, Germany, the UK and the EU urged Iran to stand by its 2015 nuclear deal commitments on Monday (11 November), after the UN's nuclear watchdog said in a new report that it detected uranium particles at an undeclared site in Iran, revealing even more cracks in the accord.

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