Alexandra Brzozowski

Europe's East 26-01-2021

Focus on Black Sea, Caucasus highlights Georgia’s strategic importance

While Georgia’s normalisation with Russia is still in doubt because of the country’s breakaway regions, Georgia has embraced a pro-Western foreign policy, including plans to join the EU and NATO and deepening relations with the US. “We have seen a...
Global Europe 25-01-2021

EU refrains from Russia sanctions over Navalny arrest, for now

Despite calls from Baltic countries, Italy and Romania, EU foreign ministers on Monday (25 January) decided to hold off from imposing fresh sanctions on Russian officials in response to the detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
EU-China 25-01-2021

China’s Xi warns against ‘new Cold War’ in Davos speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday (25 January) in Davos called for a return to multilateralism, warning against a "new Cold War", and urged global unity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Europe 22-01-2021

Global Europe Brief, powered by Facebook: EU’s Chinese gambles

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective. In this edition more on EU's Chinese gambles, Russia and Turkey sanctions and more.
Health 21-01-2021

EU summit to weigh race between variants versus jabs

EU leaders will grapple Thursday (21 January) with the threat of new coronavirus variants whose spread risks outpacing the hope that vaccines will put a quickish end to the pandemic in Europe.
Global Europe 20-01-2021

EU calls on Biden to form ‘new transatlantic pact’

Hours before Joe Biden was to be sworn in as the next US president on Wednesday (20 January), EU leaders extended the invitation to cooperate more closely but also warned that four years of the Trump administration had changed the nature of transatlantic ties.
Global Europe 19-01-2021

Navalny arrest could prompt inauguration of EU Magnitsky-style sanctions regime

The EU's recently approved Magnitsky-style law allowing the 27-member bloc to impose sanctions on human rights abusers could soon come to life as calls grow in Europe to apply the new punitive measures to Russia over the detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Global Europe 15-01-2021

Global Europe Brief: Uncharted territory for Greece-Turkey talks

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective. If you like what you read, you can subscribe here. /// EDITOR’s TAKE The EU is set to recalibrate its position towards an increasingly...
Global Europe 13-01-2021

Pompeo cancels his last trip to Europe after unprecedented snub

Outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute on Tuesday (12 January) after top EU officials and Luxembourg’s foreign minister declined to meet him, according to European diplomats and other people familiar with...
Global Europe 11-01-2021

Global Europe Brief: What’s in stock for 2021?

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective. You can subscribe here. /// EDITOR’s TAKE 2020 was supposed to be the year to end Brexit, wave goodbye to Trump (check) and settle intra-European...
Politics 11-01-2021

Europe’s right-wing populists beat about the bush after US Capitol assault

Most European leaders condemned last week's storming of the US Capitol by pro-Trump activists. Meanwhile, Europe's far-right leaders, which so far have sympathised with Trump, are balancing between condemnation and self-protection.
Non-discrimination 11-01-2021

Poland, Hungary face EU regional funds blockage over fundamental rights charter

Respect for the EU charter of fundamental rights could be used to withhold EU money going to projects that trample over democracy or discriminate against gay and lesbian people, an EU official has said.
Economy & Jobs 07-01-2021

Portugal aims to seal EU-Mercosur trade agreement, progress on other deals

Portugal will try to conclude a free-trade agreement between the EU and the South American trade bloc Mercosur during its six-month EU presidency, and attempt to expand Europe's ties with other potential trade partners, the country's foreign minister said on Thursday (7 January).
Europe's East 06-01-2021

Thirteen countries call on EU to support Eastern Partnership vaccine efforts

Thirteen member states issued a call to the European Commission to support the Eastern Partnership countries in their efforts to obtain affordable and fair access to the COVID-19 vaccines, according to a joint letter seen by EURACTIV.
EU-China 30-12-2020

EU seeks to rebalance China ties with controversial investment agreement

The EU and China agreed ‘in principle’ on Wednesday (30 December) to an investment deal that will give European companies greater access to Chinese markets and help redress what Europe sees as unbalanced economic ties. EU leaders and China’s President...
Enlargement 18-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Which vaccine for the Western Balkans?

The first COVID-19 vaccine will be authorised within a week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced this week, and EU member states have been pressing ahead with plans for mass vaccination programmes while also keeping measures tight to...
18-12-2020

Global Europe Brief: Veto power, Brexit shambles & Christmas break

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective. You can subscribe here. /// This is the last edition of the Global Europe Brief for 2020. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a...
Economy & Jobs 17-12-2020

Polish regions still hesitant to use repayable assistance for urban development

One of the consequences of the development processes in the EU is the growing disparity in cities and urban areas. In Poland, EU projects utilising financial instruments aim to narrow disparities but experts fear that there is still little appetite to use repayable assistance when grants are available.
Global Europe 11-12-2020

Global Europe Brief: Europe’s terrorism dilemma

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective. In this week's edition more on EU's counter-terrorism strategy, Turkey sanctions and European defence.

France’s next-generation aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered

France's next-generation aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered and replace in 2038 the national fleet's flagship warship, the Charles de Gaulle, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (9 December).

EU sets out plan to expand Europol’s counter-terror mandate

The European Commission proposed to expand the mandate of the European police agency Europol and reinforce external border controls as part of the bloc's broader counter-terrorism strategy, presented on Wednesday (9 December).

Foreign IS fighters in Northeast Syrian camps – a ‘ticking time bomb’ for Europe

Hundreds of women and children, many of them relatives of foreign fighters, are interned in the al-Hawl camp in Northeast Syria and have created “a miniature version of the Islamic State (IS)", which risks becoming a breeding ground and risk for Europe's security.
Global Europe 08-12-2020

EU top diplomat keeps mum over Turkey arms embargo

The EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell clearly dodged a question on Monday (7 December) over the possibility to impose an EU arms embargo on Turkey as a means to convince Ankara to de-escalate tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Spanish...
Global Europe 04-12-2020

Global Europe Brief: NATO’s soul-searching exercise

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective. You can subscribe here. /// EDITOR’S TAKE A new NATO reform report has recommended a more political role for the Western alliance, which is unlikely...
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