Security

Politics 27-06-2017

WFP chief urges EU to step up funds for Africa famine

The UN food agency's director urged the European Union on Monday (26 June) to help raise the $1 billion needed over the next few months to save hundreds of thousands of children from starving to death in Yemen and three African countries.

Economy & Jobs 23-06-2017

EU SUMMIT WRAP-UP: European Council ends, post-Brexit EU starts to take shape

On the second and final day of the summit on Friday (23 June), EU leaders met ECB President Mario Draghi, who presented the current economic situation. They also discussed migration and Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas outlined the digital ambitions of the incoming Estonian Presidency.

Politics 22-06-2017

EU leaders hail ‘historic step’ in defence cooperation

EU leaders hailed as “historic” the decision taken at the Council summit on Thursday (22 June) to establish permanent European defence cooperation. French President Emmanuel Macron, for whom this is the first EU summit, praised Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for his role as architect of the project.

Politics 22-06-2017

German parliament backs plans to withdraw troops from Turkey

Germany's parliament yesterday (21 June) approved the planned withdrawal of troops from the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey after Ankara's refusal to allow German lawmakers access to its soldiers there.

Economy & Jobs 22-06-2017

Macron reaffirms hope for EU ahead of first summit

On the eve of his first European summit (22-23 June), French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his belief in a Europe capable of transforming the world with France as a driving force.

Politics 22-06-2017

The Estonian Presidency, at a time when ‘ice starts to melt’

Estonia's goal is to have a presidency during which the European winter of discontent gives way to a new spring, the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, writes in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.com.

Global Europe 21-06-2017

Schäuble: Europe must do more to defend liberal world order

Europe must assume greater responsibility to defend a liberal, democratic world order as the United States appears increasingly less willing to do so, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Tuesday (20 June).

Politics 21-06-2017

Explosion rocks Brussels train station, suspect ‘neutralised’

An explosion rocked the central train station in Brussels yesterday evening (20 June) and a man was shot by police during the incident, prosecutors told Belgian media. He was later reported dead.

Global Europe 19-06-2017

EU considers Iraq security mission after Mosul falls

The European Union will consider sending a new security mission to help stabilise Iraq after the expected recapture of Mosul from Islamic State, EU foreign ministers said on Monday (19 June).

Politics 19-06-2017

EU ministers report progress in cooperation with NATO on countering hybrid threats

EU foreign ministers meeting today (19 June) in Luxembourg have adopted a report on the implementation of the recently agreed NATO-EU strategic partnership, outlining progress in joint actions countering hybrid threats.

Brexit 19-06-2017

Van rams worshippers leaving London mosque

A van ploughed into worshippers leaving a London mosque on Monday (19 June), killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain's largest Muslim organisation said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia.

Politics 15-06-2017

Pressured in Europe, Facebook details removal of terrorism content

Facebook on Thursday (15 June) offered additional insight on its efforts to remove terrorism content, a response to political pressure in Europe to militant groups using the social network for propaganda and recruiting.

Politics 15-06-2017

EU moves to address major crisis in North-Eastern Nigeria

The Commission announced on Thursday (15 June) a €143 million support package for recovery and reconstruction needs in Nigeria's Borno State, which is suffering from a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Politics 15-06-2017

Libya, a smuggling hypermarket

Powerless against the disarray and growing anarchy that spreads around smuggling - of oil, gasoline, weapons and people - Hasan Dhawadi, mayor of the Libyan city of Sabratha, raised the alarm.

Brexit 14-06-2017

Macron tells May ‘door always open’ for UK to stay in EU

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (13 June) the door was "always open" for Britain to remain in the EU despite Prime Minister Theresa May saying Brexit talks would begin next week.

Politics 13-06-2017

EU summit draft backs closer defence ties, Paris climate accord

European Union leaders meeting next week will agree to boost cooperation on security and defence and express support for global trade and the Paris Agreement, according to a draft joint statement.

Freedom of thought 12-06-2017

‘Brexit’ election results in alliance with DUP anti-abortionists

A “Brexit election” that left UK Prime Minister Theresa May without an overall majority has forced her into a precarious alliance with the far-right Democratic Unionist Party, who are deeply opposed to gay rights and abortion.

Economy & Jobs 12-06-2017

EU targets terror financing with VAT fraud crackdown

To gain the cooperation of reluctant countries such as Germany in its anti-fraud efforts, the EU executive is highlighting the link between VAT fraud and terrorism. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 12-06-2017

Trump and Iohannis disagree on whether they discussed visa issue

US President Donald Trump appeared to contradict his visiting Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis, when asked by a journalist if they had discussed the continuing visa requirements for the citizens of some EU countries, including Romania.

Politics 09-06-2017

France joins Commission in backing European Defence Union

France and the European Commission have thrown their weight behind a proposed European Defence Union, saying it was needed more than ever because Europe was no longer "a safe continent". EURACTIV France reports.

Politics 09-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: At least EU defence matters in the Czech Republic 

Even the strongest soft powers need defence capacities sometimes. This was not the highlight of the politically-oriented “growth and jobs” guidelines of Jean-Claude Juncker’s campaign for the European Commission presidency in the summer of 2014 though.

The UK General Election, Development Days, and EU defence
Brexit 09-06-2017

Tweets of the Week: UK election, Development Days, and EU defence

Good morning to all of you who had a sleepless night watching the UK General Election! As well as #GE2017, this week we also kept an eye on European Development Days and the future of European defence.

Defence policy 08-06-2017

Austria divided over idea of EU army

The idea of creating a powerful EU army continues to divide opinion in neutral Austria. Critics of the plan say its neutrality is incompatible with joint military cooperation. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Defence policy 07-06-2017

Commission to mobilise €40 billion to beef up defence cooperation

The European Commission proposed today to mobilise €39 billion by 2027 to support the joint development of military capabilities and suggested a NATO-type solidarity clause to respond to cyber attacks.