Alexandra Brzozowski

Europe's East 22-10-2020

Belarus opposition wins European Parliament’s human rights award

The European Parliament awarded its annual Sakharov Prize for human rights on Thursday (22 October) to the democratic opposition movement in Belarus led by the exiled Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who stood up to strongman Alexander Lukashenko. “They have stood and still...

European Parliament calls for stronger EU commitment to nuclear non-proliferation

European lawmakers called on Wednesday (21 October) for a stronger European commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, including support for a key UN treaty, amid global uncertainty over nuclear arms control.

Eyeing extraterrestrial threats, NATO to set up new space centre in Germany

NATO defence ministers on Thursday (22 October) are expected to approve a plan to create a new space centre at the alliance's Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, in response to growing concerns over protecting satellite and navigation assets from enemy interference.

Russia ready to freeze warheads total to extend nuclear pact with US by a year

Russia said on Tuesday (20 October) it would be ready to freeze its total number of nuclear warheads if the United States did the same in order to extend their last major arms control treaty by a year. The offer,...
Economy & Jobs 20-10-2020

Three Seas Initiative inches forward as US ramps up support

The Three Seas Initiative virtual summit held in Estonia on Monday (20 October) saw further consolidation between its 12 members. At the same time, the US has started seeing the project as a vehicle to win the geopolitical battle for 'hearts and minds' in the region, in a bid to reduce Chinese and Russian influence there.
Global Europe 20-10-2020

European Commission proposes new Magnitsky-style sanctions regime

The European Commission on Monday (19 October) proposed a bill on travel-bans and asset-freezes that punishes individuals responsible for human rights violations worldwide, informally known as the 'European Magnitsky Act'.
Global Europe 16-10-2020

Global Europe Brief: Running out of time

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. /// THE CLOCK IS TICKING It’s 100 seconds until the end of the...
Coronavirus 15-10-2020

European Parliament cancels Strasbourg session and goes virtual

The European Parliament will hold next week's plenary session by videoconference as a precaution against coronavirus, European Parliament President Davide Sassoli said Thursday (15 October), despite French insistence on resuming the assembly's monthly Strasbourg sessions.
Coronavirus 14-10-2020

The Brief, powered by logos – Back to square one?

The COVID-19 crisis is back at full speed, with a steady stream of incoming news about new risk areas and regions, new quarantine measures and curfews. We’ve been there, done that, but is there anything new in all of this?...

Russia rejects ‘unacceptable’ US conditions to extend nuclear arms treaty

With less than four months until the New START Treaty expires, the US said on Tuesday (13 October) it had reached an "agreement in principle" with Russia on extending the last remaining bilateral nuclear arms-control accord between Washington and Moscow.
Europe's East 12-10-2020

EU agrees to sanction Lukashenko, impose Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning

EU foreign ministers on Monday (12 October) agreed to impose sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and move forward with a sanctions framework against the culprits involved in the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Politics 12-10-2020

European Parliament calls for ban on unpaid internships

With youth unemployment on the rise across the EU, and aggravated further by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, EU lawmakers called upon the European Commission and member states last week to increase their support for young people in precarious working conditions.
Economy & Jobs 09-10-2020

New EU strategy must ensure equality in workplace, stakeholders say

The European Commission has pledged to increase gender equality in workplaces across Europe. Stakeholders have now urged the EU to make sure the COVID-19 pandemic does not impact the progress on workplace equality.
Economy & Jobs 09-10-2020

European Parliament walks out of EU budget negotiations

European Parliament budget negotiators walked out on Thursday night (8 October) from negotiations with member states and suspended all further talks until next week, saying they "will come back to the table once there is a real will from the Council’s side to find an agreement".
Global Europe 08-10-2020

Global Europe Brief: Enlargement revival or more of the same?

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. /// ENLARGEMENT PROGRESS  The enlargement process of the Western Balkan states has for...
Future EU 07-10-2020

The Brief, powered by CEN-CENELEC – We’re struggling too

Like so many institutions these days, the European Commission has taken its press conferences entirely online. While understanding the challenges this creates, we cannot help feeling that press relations seem to have generally started going downhill.
Enlargement 06-10-2020

Commission seeks to revive enlargement with new package

The European Commission published its long-awaited enlargement package on Tuesday (6 October) in a fresh attempt to revive the stalled process with promises of more substantial economic assistance in exchange for reforms. The package included country-specific reports on the progress of the six Western Balkans countries and Turkey.
Non-discrimination 05-10-2020

Commission to encourage raising media awareness of racial discrimination

Racist harassment, violence, and discriminatory ethnic profiling are commonplace in Europe, which increases the importance of the role of the media in exposing discrimination based on ethnic origin.
Global Europe 02-10-2020

EU leaders unblock Belarus sanctions, issue ‘carrot and stick’ warning to Turkey

After weeks of bickering, EU leaders broke a longstanding deadlock to impose sanctions against members of the Belarus regime on Friday night (2 October) and fired a warning at Turkey over its gas drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Brief – Rule of law proxy war

The European Commission's rule of law assessment could increase the drive to tie the distribution of EU funds with adherence to rule of law. Yet under the surface of that discussion, a sinister storm is brewing that could threaten the EU's coronavirus recovery hopes.
Global Europe 01-10-2020

Global Europe Brief: Unanimity strikes again

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. /// UNANIMITY FRUSTRATIONS Here we go again. While you’re reading this, EU leaders...
Global Europe 01-10-2020

EU leaders meet to break stalemate over Belarus and Turkey

EU leaders meet physically for an extraordinary summit in Brussels on Thursday (1 October) in an attempt to break the deadlock over imposing sanctions on Belarus and resolving a standoff with Turkey, both crucial for the EU's credibility on the international scene.
Future EU 30-09-2020

Polish MEP Sylwia Spurek changes colours from Socialists to Greens

Polish MEP Sylwia Spurek announced on Wednesday (30 September) she will transfer from the Socialists to the Greens group in the European Parliament, becoming the first Polish member of the now 69-strong group.
Politics 30-09-2020

Belgium breaks 16-month deadlock as new government formed

Nearly 16 months after its federal elections, Belgian political leaders broke the deadlock on forming a new government on Wednesday (30 September), with the King expected to name caretaker finance minister Alexander De Croo as the new prime minister.
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