Alexandra Brzozowski

Future EU 25-02-2020

The Brief – Was darf Satire?

The times we live in, with their Trumps, Putins and Erdogans, are screaming for satire.
Global Europe 25-02-2020

Europe’s military mobility: latest casualty of EU budget battle

The Commission's latest budget non-paper threatens to hamper flagship defence initiatives more than previous proposals. It was put forward on Friday (20 February) in an attempt to bridge the growing differences among EU leaders over the bloc's next seven-year budget.

Belgian prime minister reacts to controversial Aalst Carnival

A year after sparking controversy and a wave of international protests over anti-Semitism, the Aalst Carnival organisers brought back anti-Semitic caricatures to the annual parade. For the first time, Belgium's prime minister stepped into the debate and asked legal institutions to determine if the laws had been broken.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2020

EU leaders fail to agree on first post-Brexit budget as divisions grow

EU countries failed to narrow deep differences over the bloc's next seven-year budget as a group of net contributors refused to approve bigger spending and instead pushed for big cuts for farmers and poorer regions, in a bid to fill a €75 billion hole left by Brexit.
Global Europe 20-02-2020

Global Europe Brief: Europe’s ‘appetite for power’

Welcome to the first edition of 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.
Global Europe 17-02-2020

EU to deploy new military mission to enforce Libya arms embargo

EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday (17 February), after Austria lifted its veto, to deploy a combined aerial and naval mission, with a terrestrial component, and enforce a porous UN arms embargo in and around war-torn Libya.

Munich Security Conference – Day #3

As high-ranking security leaders gather in Bavaria for the annual Munich Security Conference this weekend, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy. Here’s Day 3 in a nutshell.
Global Europe 16-02-2020

In Munich, diplomats reaffirm push for peace in Libya

A month after the Berlin Libya conference, participants at follow-up talks on Sunday (16 February) reaffirmed their commitment to secure the ceasefire. Meanwhile, Europeans discuss how to monitor the UN arms embargo against the war-torn North African country. The talks...

Munich Security Conference – Day #2

As high-ranking security leaders gather in Bavaria for the annual Munich Security Conference this weekend, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy. Here’s Day 2 in a nutshell. /// US:...
Digital 15-02-2020

Facebook’s Zuckerberg backs regulation of harmful online content

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday (15 February) said harmful online content should be regulated, adding that his company should be subject to a regulatory framework that is different from those used for existing media and telecoms companies.
Europe's East 15-02-2020

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy wants ‘legitimate’ local elections in Donetsk, Luhansk

Addressing the Munich Security Conference on Saturday (15 February), Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy repeated his plea for Western support, while indicated his openness to hold local elections in the separatist-held regions of Donetsk and Lugansk together with the rest of the country in October.
Future EU 15-02-2020

In Munich, Macron presents EU reform as answer to ‘weakening West’

French President Emmanuel Macron bemoaned a "weakening of the West" on Saturday (15 February) and called for more German involvement, while the US Secretary of State attempted to assuage European anxiety about declining transatlantic relation.

Munich Security Conference – Day #1

As high-ranking security leaders gather in Bavaria for the annual Munich Security Conference this weekend, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy. Here's Day 1 in a nutshell.

Steinmeier in Munich: US, China, Russia undermine global order, trust

Germany's President Frank Walter Steinmeier accused Washington, Beijing and Moscow on Friday (14 February) of jeopardising the international order by stoking global mistrust and insecurity with a "great powers competition".

Berlin wants to open Franco-German arms projects for European partners

Germany's defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Thursday (13 February) she is willing to open the current Franco-German arms projects to other European partners.
Global Europe 13-02-2020

Global Europe Brief: Westlessness?

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. /// MUNICH MINUTES As the world faces an increasingly wayward US, as well...

What to expect as world leaders meet in Munich for ‘Davos of global security’

High-ranking security leaders descend on Bavaria this weekend for the Munich Security Conference, often dubbed the 'Davos of global security, as flashpoints across the world multiply and the rift between Europe and Washington widens. Here are a couple of issues to watch.

North Macedonia ratifies NATO accession protocol, but still waiting for Spain

North Macedonia's parliament unanimously ratified NATO's accession protocol on Tuesday (11 February),  taking Skopje a step closer to becoming the military alliance's 30th member in the coming weeks.
Global Europe 12-02-2020

EU lawmakers slam Trump’s Middle East peace plan

A majority of EU lawmakers harshly criticised Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan during a plenary session on Tuesday (11 February), denouncing it as going against international law and being biased in favour of Israel.
Global Europe 12-02-2020

Israel summons Belgian envoy over UN invite to children rights activist

Israel has summoned a top Belgian diplomat for a "very harsh" rebuke after it invited activist Brad Parker to address the UN Security Council on Tuesday (11 February).

Confidence in NATO sharply declined in France, Germany, US, says study

NATO's public image in the US and France worsened sharply after US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron questioned the value of the Western alliance, according to a new Pew Research Center study published on Monday (10 February).

In post-Brexit push, Macron calls for European nuclear arms control agenda

Europeans should propose together "an international agenda of arms control" at a time when the existing treaties are questioned by other world powers and the nuclear arms race could resume, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday as he laid out France's much-awaited post-Brexit nuclear weapons strategy.
Global Europe 06-02-2020

Global Europe Brief: Lost in Transition

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. /// IMAGE OF THE WEEK | Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, tears up a...

Just Transition Fund to deepen Belgian debate over regional disparities

While 0.9% (€68 million) of the EU's Just Transition Fund is designated for Belgium, European Commission criteria for the fund could turn into a "financial hangover" for Flanders, Flemish Environment Minister Zuhal Demir (N-VA) has warned, in a claim that threatens to deepen the debate about regional disparities in Belgium.

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