Alexandra Brzozowski

Enlargement 15-10-2021

‘EU can play dumb as long as it wants’ on Croatian border violence

Several officials on the ground, as well as first-hand testimonies given to EURACTIV by migrants, have detailed signs of systematic illegal border violence and pushbacks by Croatian police against people attempting to cross over from Bosnia. EURACTIV travelled to the...
Arctic Agenda 14-10-2021

EU bids to step up green diplomacy in the Arctic

Convincing other countries to pursue a ban on exploiting new fossil fuel deposits in the Arctic will require diplomatic efforts, Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV as the European Commission unveiled a new Arctic strategy on Wednesday (13 October) in response to growing geopolitical tensions in the region.
Europe's East 12-10-2021

EU leaders pledge gas supply support to Ukraine

Against the backdrop of Europe's natural gas crisis and ongoing energy security fears, EU leaders pledged more support to Ukraine during a joint summit with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday (12 October).
Central Asia 11-10-2021

Stakeholders: Human capital and green transformation are key for Kazakhstan

Investment in human capital, green transformation, and attention on human rights is essential for the further successful development of Kazakhstan, stakeholders at a recent forum in Nursultan said.
Global Europe 10-10-2021

Global Europe Brief: Money is not enlargement, it’s background music

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. In this week’s edition: EU-Western Balkans summit fallout, 2022 work programme sneak peek and EU defence woes.

Twelve member states ask Commission to finance ‘physical barriers’ as border protection measures

Twelve EU member states have called for update the bloc's Schengen Border Code to allow 'physical barriers' as border protection measures, according to a letter sent to the European Commission and seen by EURACTIV.
Central Europe 07-10-2021

Kazakh official: The Taliban are no threat to Central Asia

It is necessary to create conditions for dialogue with the new government in Afghanistan, regardless of its political attitudes and ideologies. This is very important for both the Central Asian countries and the EU, Kazakhstan's Talgat Kaliyev told EURACTIV in an interview.
Enlargement 06-10-2021

EU leaders offer words, funds to disillusioned Western Balkans

EU leaders failed to make any further tangible commitment to enlargement on Wednesday (6 October), and instead promised once again "the European perspective" and broader economic support to the increasingly disillusioned Western Balkans, in the hope of keeping the region on its European path.

EU leaders caught in either-or argument over European defence strategy

Amid disunity over the way forward on European defence, EU leaders discussed on Tuesday night (5 October) whether the bloc should enhance its capacity to act independently while strengthening its partnership with NATO.
Enlargement 05-10-2021

EU leaders to restate Western Balkans enlargement commitment but without timeline

EU leaders are set to reconfirm their commitment to further enlargement ahead of a summit with the six Western Balkan hopefuls on Wednesday (6 October), offering much broader cooperation to the region but failing to commit to a timeline, according to a draft document seen by EURACTIV.
Europe's East 04-10-2021

EU might consider military training mission for Ukraine

The EU is considering a training mission for Ukrainian officers due to the “ongoing military activities” of Russia as relations between Kyiv and Moscow remain tense. An EU working document, first cited by Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday...
Non-discrimination 01-10-2021

Racial Discrimination and Equality Bodies in Sweden

EURACTIV asked citizens in Malmö what they think of racial discrimination and of their experiences with their national equality body, the Diskrimineringsombudsmannen.
Politics 29-09-2021

Youth organisations want ‘more than just a seat in the room’ in talks on Europe’s future

European youth should participate in political discussions, specifically on reforming democratic processes and not just on traditional topics like education, European Youth Forum President Silja Markkula told EURACTIV.
Digital & Media 29-09-2021

EU and US hold first trade and technology talks amid tensions

The new EU-US Trade and Technology (TTC) is set to hold its first meeting in Pittsburgh on Wednesday (29 September), in the shadow of the submarine dispute between France and Washington, which had put the transatlantic relationship to the test.
Elections 27-09-2021

Greens and Liberals hold key to form next German government

Following Sunday's federal election, the most likely outcome for the new German Bundestag is one of two coalitions: a Social Democrat-led 'traffic light'-coalition or a Conservative-led 'Jamaica'-coalition. Both camps will now try to win over kingmakers, the Greens and Liberals, to secure a stable majority.
Elections 26-09-2021

Parties start election poker in Germany as SPD clinches narrow win

Germany's Social Democrats clinched a narrow victory over Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives in Sunday's federal election, but leaders of both parties quickly claimed their right to try to build a coalition government.
Global Europe 26-09-2021

Global Europe Brief: Germany’s foreign policy after Merkel

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: Germany’s future foreign policy, Franco-German AUKUS divergence and migration spat. /// Foreign policy...
Global Europe 22-09-2021

EU’s Breton: AUKUS sub snub fuels ‘growing feeling of broken relationship’

As EU diplomats discuss whether to cancel or postpone an upcoming EU-US summit meant to focus on technology and trade over the AUKUS deal, French officials insist this is not about a lost bilateral arms contract, but about a 'broken' relationship between allies.

The Brief, powered by EPRA – A China war by the backdoor

As diplomatic snubs go, the announcement by the United States, Britain, and Australia that they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific which would also help Australia acquire US nuclear-powered submarines - scrapping a $40 billion French-designed submarine deal in the process - is hard to beat.
Global Europe 17-09-2021

Global Europe Brief, powered by FACEBOOK: Central Asia in the shadow of Afghanistan

In this week’s edition: Central Asia focus, AUKUS fallout and dissecting SOTEU on defence.
Global Europe 17-09-2021

Central Asia in EU’s spotlight as region faces stability question over Afghanistan

As Afghanistan faces a looming humanitarian crisis following the Taliban's takeover, the country's neighbours are worried about security threats and increased refugee waves coming across their borders.
Global Europe 16-09-2021

EU aims for bigger diplomatic weight on Indo-Pacific matters

The European Union outlined on Thursday (16 September) a new strategy for raising its presence in the Indo-Pacific and counter China's increasing influence in the region, which has become the latest arena of the international geopolitical race.
Politics 16-09-2021

ALMA, the EU’s new programme to help young people find work abroad

The pandemic has deepened the unemployment crisis among young people, especially in Europe's south. A new work placement scheme is now meant to counter youth unemployment across the bloc, the European Commission has said.

Von der Leyen rides two horses on EU defence

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a pitch on Wednesday (15 September) for stronger European defence, saying the bloc needs to boost its own military capacity but fell short of setting out clear proposals, particularly on how this...