Alexandra Brzozowski

Global Europe 17-01-2019

EU participation in ‘anti-Iran summit’ shrouded in uncertainty

The US-initiated Middle East summit to be held in Warsaw in mid-February has been touted as the most important event held in the city since the 2016 NATO summit. But Tehran has dismissed the meeting as a “desperate anti-Iranian circus" and the EU is struggling for a common position.

US about to ditch landmark missile treaty, cites Russia’s non-compliance

After talks between Washington and Moscow to save a Cold War arms control treaty collapsed this week, the United States announced on Wednesday (16 January) it would no longer consider itself bound by the treaty obligations in under two weeks times.
EU-China 11-01-2019

EU seeks information as Chinese espionage scandal hits Poland

European Commission will seek information from Poland after national authorities arrested this week a Chinese Huawei employee and a Polish national over espionage allegations.
Enlargement 10-01-2019

EPP’s Weber comes out on Macedonia name change deal

Manfred Weber, the Spitzenkandidat of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), ended months of silence on the ongoing efforts to resolve the Greece-Macedonia name row with a couple of pithy comments on Tuesday (9 January) that appear to support the deal.
Central Europe 09-01-2019

France and Germany to sign Élysée 2.0 treaty

France and Germany have pledged to strengthen their alliance and deepen a bilateral post-war reconciliation treaty in a bid to show that the EU's main axis remains strong and ready to counter growing Eurosceptic nationalism in the bloc.
EU Elections 2019 09-01-2019

German EU veteran Brok slips off list for European elections

The CDU party in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has withdrawn support for its longest-serving MEP, Elmar Brok, who slipped off its list of candidates for the European elections in May after 39 years in the European Parliament. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Poland gets a pass as Romanian presidency struggles with rule of law approach

EU affairs ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday (8 January) for the first meeting of 2019 under the helm of the Romanian presidency. Rule of law matters, highly prominent in previous sessions, were off the agenda for the first time.
04-01-2019

‘Mass hack attack’ against politicians raises eyebrows in Berlin

Hackers posted personal data, including credit card details and mobile phone numbers, of hundreds of German politicians, national media reported on Friday (4 January).

2019 LOOKAHEAD: Europe’s security and defence coming of age

For the European defence efforts, getting rid of the UK's torturous approach toward a common defence policy presented an opportunity the governments and European institutions eagerly seized this year. But there is little time to rejoice.

European Defence Fund could be breaching European treaties, legal opinion says

The European Defence Fund (EDF) moved closer to becoming reality this week in Strasbourg when MEPs gave it the green light. However, some uncertainties persist as a legal expert opinion obtained by EURACTIV suggests that establishing the fund could be violating EU law.

The Brief – The show must go on

The first reports of the Strasbourg shooting attack arrived on smartphones just as EU staff were heading to dinners and pre-Christmas parties. The European Parliament immediately triggered its emergency containment procedure and turned into a bunker, grids lowered, doors locked.
Brexit 12-12-2018

Post-Brexit Gibraltar border could become pawn between UK and Spain, says MEP Girling

Despite Theresa May's efforts to salvage her "more than imperfect Brexit deal", any serious business or government should now consider a no-deal exit as a real possibility and prepare for it, British MEP Julie Girling told EURACTIV.com.
Future EU 07-12-2018

Which way forward for Merkel’s CDU?

The CDU is holding a vote today on who will take over its chair and will possibly be its candidate to German Chancellor one day. EURACTIV Germany gives an overview of how the three candidates could shape the part and therefore also the EU.
Future EU 07-12-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Germany’s next Bundeskanzler

Rarely has a national party convention been followed so eagerly in Brussels corridors. As Germany's CDU party is set to vote this afternoon on Chancellor Angela Merkel's successor at the party helm, thoughts are already on the future.
Data protection 05-12-2018

E-Evidence: A threat to people’s fundamental rights?

EU justice ministers are set to approve a regulation this Friday (7 December) that will require EU-based tech companies to turn over electronic evidence within hours of a court order. The regulation, however, could pose a threat to people’s fundamental rights.
Global Europe 04-12-2018

In Brussels, Pompeo calls for ‘principled realism’

Under President Trump, Washington is not abandoning international leadership or its friends in the international system, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told diplomats in Brussels on Tuesday (4 December).
30-11-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Once bitten, twice prepared

With Ukraine flaring up again, tensions and security concerns in Eastern Europe are back these days, with increasingly harsh language, signs of a new arms race and hybrid threats as a new form of confrontation. On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel...

NATO braces its cyber warriors against hybrid threats

Cyber-attacks on communication networks and critical infrastructure have become an increasing military threat. NATO's biggest cyber defence exercise, the three-day Cyber Coalition held in Estonia this week, aims to prep the Alliance for zero hour.
Brexit 25-11-2018

Sadness the flavour of the day as EU27 approve Brexit deal

EU leaders signed off on a historic deal on Sunday (25 November) that will see the UK formally leave the European Union, describing the day's events as "tragic" but the deal itself as "the best that could be had".
Brexit 22-11-2018

Brexit deal ‘within our grasp’, May insists after EU-UK political declaration

A Brexit deal is "within our grasp", Theresa May said on Thursday (22 November) after negotiators concluded a political declaration on what EU-UK relations should look like post-Brexit.
Politics 21-11-2018

The Brief, powered by EFPIA – Fox and hen race

It looked like a done deal. Interpol, the global law enforcement agency, appeared ready to select Russia’s Alexandr Prokopchuk as its next president – despite the fact that he had been accused of overseeing a policy of systematically targeting critics and dissidents during his time in charge of the Russian office of Interpol.
Future EU 21-11-2018

In Belgium, Macron pleads for ‘two or three speed Europe’, treaty change

French President Emmanuel Macron escaped protests over fuel prices and tumbling approval ratings at home with a series of state visits that placed Europe at the centre of attention. 

EU greenlights new wave of military projects, secret agents training

Foreign and defence ministers on Monday (19 November) agreed on 17 new armaments and military projects within the PESCO framework, including the development of new weapons systems and the establishment of a training facility for secret agents.
Politics 16-11-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Few ideas, many grievances  

Angela Merkel's speech on the future of Europe this week produced a few ideas. But even though observers had hoped to hear a new game plan for Europe's mounting challenges, expectations fell short. At least altercations between Parliament and Commission officials were not in short supply.