Alexandra Brzozowski

Elections 11-10-2019

The Brief, powered by the Martens Centre – Mind the gap (or lose)

Poland's ruling conservative Law and Justice party (PiS) is on track for a remarkable re-election win this Sunday, in what many call the country’s most fateful ballot in years.
Global Europe 11-10-2019

Greece calls for more NATO ships to patrol Aegean Sea following Turkey’s Syria offensive

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on NATO to increase naval patrols in the Aegean Sea on Thursday (10 October) after a threat by Turkey to open Europe's doors to more than three million migrants.

Loiseau: Without arms exports, there won’t be a European defence industry

A newly created Commission department dedicated to the defence and space industries has given new momentum to the EU's defence union project. Nathalie Loiseau, head of the European Parliament’s defence committee, answered questions about where the sector is heading.

Hopko: Russia is killing the Minsk Agreement every day

A summit between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany is expected to take place within days in an effort to settle the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. But such a summit is pointless, especially when Putin will play his role of 'нас тут нет' (we are not here), says Hanna Hopko.
Future EU 03-10-2019

Hungary wants Montenegro and Serbia to join EU before 2025

It is in the European Union's economic and security interest that Montenegro and Serbia join the bloc before 2025, Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó told the Warsaw Security Forum on Wednesday (2 October).

Macron’s coalition of European militaries grows in force

As Norway and Sweden recently joined the French-led European Intervention Initiative (EI2) and the military coalition's defence ministers accepted Italy's participation request, Emmanuel Macron's European defence dream is seeing a silent but steady advance.

Former Romanian anti-graft chief Kövesi close to becoming EU lead prosecutor

After the month-long standoff in appointing the EU’s first-ever anti-fraud prosecutor, a majority of member states last week backed making Romania’s former top anti-corruption official, despite strong headwind from her own homecountry.
Future EU 19-09-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – No question of geography

While considerable thought has been put into the geographical nitty-gritty of Ursula von der Leyen’s portfolio assignments, the real power struggle in the European Parliament hearings might take place along different lines.
Brexit 18-09-2019

Risk of no-deal Brexit ‘very real’, Juncker tells EU lawmakers

The risk of a no-deal Brexit remains 'very real', European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned MEPs in Strasbourg on Wednesday but said he is prepared to work "day in day out, morning until night" to strike a deal.
Eastern Europe 17-09-2019

In Georgia, EU opens first European School outside the bloc’s borders

In line with EU aims to deepen relations with the Eastern Partnership countries, EU and Georgian officials on Monday (16 September) launched a European School in Tbilisi, the first educational institution of this kind launched beyond the bloc’s boundaries.

EU defence funding far too small for big ambitions: report

EU's objective to increase defence spending to €22.5 billion over the next decade is insufficient for its ambitions in the sector, the European Court of Auditors said Thursday (12 September) in its annual review paper on the bloc's defence cooperation and policy.
Brexit 12-09-2019

Irish backstop must be part of Brexit deal, says EU Parliament chief

There will be no Brexit deal without an Irish backstop, European Parliament President David Sassoli said on Thursday (12 September). However, the EU is willing to revive a proposal that would keep only Northern Ireland in the bloc’s orbit to...
Global Europe 11-09-2019

Von der Leyen assigns defence challenge to France

France's former defence minister, Sylvie Goulard, has been proposed as the EU's internal market Commissioner. But her new portfolio also includes a strengthened European defence file, which analysts say will be her biggest challenge.
Future EU 06-09-2019

The Brief – Berlaymont’s rumour mill

As the moment edges closer for Ursula von der Leyen to unveil her new Commission on Tuesday (10 September), the Brussels rumour mill has shifted into overdrive. In this Brief, EURACTIV analyses some initial lists that have been circulating in Brussels.

EU launches new counter-terrorism database

Eurojust, the EU’s agency on judicial co-operation, launched a Counter-Terrorism Register on Thursday (5 September), designed to streamline the exchange of information between EU member states for potential terrorist offences.

Timmermans clashes with Polish MEPs on rule of law

If we do not step up efforts to defend the rule of law, the EU will be at risk, outgoing Rule of Law Commissioner Frans Timmermans told EU lawmakers on Thursday (5 September), followed by a confrontation between the Dutchman and Polish MEPs from the country's governing Law and Justice (PiS) party.
Global Europe 03-09-2019

Europe aims to clean up the space graveyard

The amount of space junk around Earth has hit a critical point where it now poses risks to other spacecraft and satellites and has started to trigger human efforts to combat the security threat in outer space.

Sweden reveals plans for bank tax to finance defence spending increase

Sweden has revealed plans to introduce a new bank tax to fund the country's future increase in defence spending from 2022, as it revamps efforts to counter Russia’s military build-up in the Baltic Sea region.

Washington needles Germany with threat of US troops relocation to Poland

Washington has talked for some time of relocating US troops from Germany because of its annoyance with Berlin's military spending shortfalls. But President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Poland in September could give it another twist.
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Global military spending in 2018 reached post-Cold War peak

In 2018, countries invested as much money in the military as they did in 1988, before the end of the Cold War, the latest data by the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows. World military expenditure is estimated to have hit...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Brexit uncertainty delays EU’s defence industry plans

EU and NATO officials have repeated the need for coherence in Europe’s future defence cooperation. However, crucial decisions on EU military project participation and funds have been delayed – also due to the stalemate over Brexit. With the EU’s permanent...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Pentagon warns EU against blocking US firms from defence fund

In the latest sign of the deteriorating transatlantic relations, Washington has warned its European allies that a new European military pact risks shutting American companies out of defence contracts and undermining NATO, and has hinted at possible retaliation. In a...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

EU fends off US attack in spat over the bloc’s military reforms

The EU responded on Thursday (16 May) to US accusations that a new European military pact risks shutting out American companies of the bloc’s defence projects and undermine NATO. In the letter seen by EURACTIV, signed by two senior EU officials,...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

EU elections 2019: How to defend and represent Europe?

Europe’s foreign and defence policy has always been a very contentious matter with widely divergent views on how to pursue it. Ahead of this week’s vote, EURACTIV looks at proposals from the main European political parties on strategic autonomy, qualified...

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