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27/05/2016

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UK & Europe 27-05-2016

EU to unveil military cooperation plan...after Brexit vote

The European Union said Friday (27 May) it will unveil plans for closer military cooperation after Britain's referendum on whether to the bloc, but denied they were secret proposals for an EU army.
Global Europe 26-05-2016

Putin says EU needs Russian help to stay on global stage, on eve of Greece trip

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in an article published Thursday (26 May) that the EU would not be a global player without his country's help as he prepared to visit the bloc.

EU to train Libyan coast guard to fight refugee smuggling

The European Union agreed yesterday (23 May) to broaden the mandate of its naval mission to combat refugee smuggling off Libya by agreeing to train the Libyan coast guard and navy.
Europe's East 23-05-2016

Sweden to vote on closer NATO ties

Swedish lawmakers are set to vote on 25 May on a Host Nation Agreement with NATO that would represent a step toward further cooperation with the alliance for a nation that has resisted alignment with multilateral military bodies for over 200 years, write Olof Kronvall and Colin Cleary.
Global Europe 20-05-2016

Conflict analyst: EU would have 'second most powerful military on Earth'

The EU would have "the second most powerful military" in the world if its members pooled its resources, insisted the co-director of the Institute of Studies on Conflict and Humanitarian Action in an interview with EurActiv Spain.
Europe's East 20-05-2016

Turkish minister: Anti-terror law amendment 'not on the agenda'

The granting of visa liberalisation, and to a lesser extent the German parliament’s expected recognition of the Armenian genocide, could threaten to derail the EU’s refugee pact with Turkey. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel spoke with the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sport, Çağatay Kılıç.
Global Europe 20-05-2016

NATO finalises military build-up to counter Russia

NATO foreign ministers began finalising the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War yesterday (19 May), in order to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia.
Global Europe 19-05-2016

EU increases sanctions on North Korea

The European Union on Thursday (19 May)  beefed up sanctions against North Korea over nuclear and ballistic missile tests carried out in defiance of United Nations resolutions.
Future EU 19-05-2016

Where are the limits of our Europe?

Last week, we celebrated Europe Day. For the EU, this was the time to celebrate its unity; for Sander Loones it is time to ask questions. Who do we want to be? Do we dare to set a limit on the number of newcomers? What do we do with those who are hostile to our values and our population?
Global Europe 19-05-2016

All eyes focus on language about Russia in EU Global Strategy

The language on Russia is the most discussed element of the EU Global Strategy, the guide for the European Union’s global actions in the future, which is being prepared by the Union’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, diplomats said today (19 May).
Global Europe 19-05-2016

Montenegro becomes NATO’s 29th member

NATO will sign an accession agreement with Montenegro today (19 May), paving the way for the small Balkan country to become the trans-Atlantic alliance's 29th member state, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Police agencies voice concern jihadists mixing with migrants

Interpol and its European counterpart Tuesday (17 May) warned of growing concerns that radical Islamists could be using illegal people smuggling networks to sneak into Europe or even fund their attacks and activities.


Global Europe 13-05-2016

US activates Romanian missile defence site, angering Russia

The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania yesterday (12 May) that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states but the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal.

Cazeneuve: Over 100 arrested on terror charges in France this year

France has arrested 101 people since the start of the year over "direct links to terrorism", Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in an interview to be published later today (13 May), exactly six months after the Paris attacks.
Europe's East 13-05-2016

Armenia, Azerbaijan presidents to meet in Vienna over Nagorno-Karabakh

The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet on Monday (16 May) in Vienna to discuss the situation of Nagorno-Karabakh region after the worst clashes in decades, mediators said yesterday (12 May). The US and Russia first diplomats are expected to be present, but not the EU.
Europe's East 10-05-2016

Former Armenian PM says his country has nuclear weapons

Hrant Bagratyan, a former prime minister of Armenia, has claimed that his country has nuclear weaponry. The statement raises concern, as Armenia is technically at war with Azerbaijan, over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
UK & Europe 10-05-2016

Cameron is right to raise Brexit security fear

The real risk is that a UK exit could lead to the departure of other member states, writes Paul James Cardwell.
Global Europe 10-05-2016

Aleppo fighting rages as US, Russia try to revive Syria truce

Syrian government forces and their allies fought insurgents near Aleppo yesterday (9 May) and jets conducted raids around a nearby town seized by Islamist rebels, a monitoring group said, as Syria's military said a ceasefire in Aleppo would be extended by 48 hours starting today.
Global Europe 09-05-2016

Ballistic missile defence and reality

The US ballistic missile defence system in Poland and Romania protects Eastern Europe from a very improbable threat, writes George Friedman.
Europe's East 06-05-2016

Why Ukraine's NATO membership is not in America's interests

It is time for Washington to make clear that Ukrainian accession to NATO is not on the table, writes Josh Cohen.
Europe's East 04-05-2016

Analyst: Germany has ideas for solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

After the 4-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh at the beginning of April, we may see changes at the negotiating table, as Berlin has indicated it would like to take a stronger role, Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC), told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 03-05-2016

NATO weighs stationing four battalions in member states bordering Russia

NATO is weighing rotating four battalions of troops through Eastern European member states, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday (2 May), in the latest proposal by allies to guard against aggressive behavior by Russia.
Europe's East 29-04-2016

Ukraine and Russia see opportunity in Easter ceasefire

Ukraine told the UN Security Council yesterday (28 April) that a fragile ceasefire must be strengthened before progress can be achieved in political talks on solving the two-year conflict in the country's east.
Global Europe 28-04-2016

Obama and the European Union

European integration was an American idea. If the European Union falls apart, it is hard to see how NATO survives, even in its current state, writes George Friedman.