Security

Politics 22-05-2017

End of the affair: Montenegro joins NATO, inviting Russia ire

Tiny Montenegro will take a huge step towards integrating with the West when it becomes the 29th member of NATO this week, but it risks paying a heavy price for spurning Russia.

Central Europe 19-05-2017

Poland defies EU over asylum seekers

Poland refused yesterday (18 May) to yield to pressure from the European Union to take in any asylum seekers under a relocation scheme despite an EU threat of legal action.

Defence policy 18-05-2017

Mogherini sees EU military HQ ‘within days’

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday (18 May) remaining differences over a planned military headquarters had been resolved and it could be formally launched in a few days.

Aviation 18-05-2017

EU, US hold ‘robust’ talks on possible airline laptop ban

Top US and EU officials traded intelligence Wednesday (17 May) on what they called "serious evolving threats" to airline security as Washington mulls banning carry-on computers on flights from Europe.

Central Europe 17-05-2017

Commission sets June deadline for Poland, Hungary to take migrant share

The European Union yesterday (16 May) set a June deadline for Poland and Hungary to start admitting their share of migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece or risk sanctions.

Brexit 16-05-2017

Mogherini sees way past UK spat over military HQ

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday (15 May) she was confident of making progress on the bloc's defence ambitions and did not expect a Brexit-bound Britain to stand in the way.

Politics 15-05-2017

Trump, Macron plan ‘lengthy’ Brussels get-to-know-you lunch

President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron are to hold a "lengthy lunch" in Brussels this month - a bonding exercise for two men the White House believes have much in common.

Digital 12-05-2017

EU demands urgent talks with Washington over laptop ban

The European Union has demanded urgent talks with the United States over a possible extension to some European countries of a US ban on airline passengers taking laptops into cabins, saying any security threats faced are common.

Aviation 11-05-2017

US likely to expand airline laptop ban to Europe

The Trump Administration is likely to expand a ban on laptops on commercial aircraft to include some European countries, but is reviewing how to ensure lithium batteries stored in luggage holds do not explode in midair, officials briefed on the matter said yesterday (10 May).

Global Europe 10-05-2017

Italy builds new detention centres to speed up migrant deportations

Italy will open new detention centres across the country in the next few months as part of its push to speed up deportations of illegal migrants, despite critics saying that the centres are not only inhumane but also do not produce the desired result.

Elections 10-05-2017

US increasingly convinced Russia hacked French election

Hackers with connections to the Russian government played a role in an effort to damage centrist French politician Emmanuel Macron's presidential campaign by hacking and leaking emails and documents ahead of the election, according to two US intelligence officials.

Future EU 05-05-2017

Solidarity tops Juncker’s agenda for the future of Europe

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker moved solidarity up the ladder of EU priorities in a straightforward speech delivered in Florence today (5 May) during the State of the Union Conference.

Politics 04-05-2017

Europol probing IS setting up of social network

European police are probing whether the Islamic State group and other extremists are setting up a social network to spread propaganda, gain funding and avoid security crackdowns, an official said Wednesday (3 May).

Politics 03-05-2017

Merkel backs defence minister in scandal on far-right supporters in military

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fully backs her defence minister over her handling of a scandal about far-right sympathisers in the military, her spokesman said on Wednesday (3 May), after the arrest of an officer suspected of planning a racially motivated attack.

Politics 03-05-2017

Macedonian nationalists resume protests against coalition with Albanian parties

Thousands of nationalist demonstrators of the so-called “Civil Initiative for a United Macedonia” resumed their protests in Skopje yesterday (2 May) against a plan for a coalition government that includes ethnic Albanian parties, five days after they burst into parliament and assaulted lawmakers.

Politics 02-05-2017

Europol: Denmark closes front door, opens back door

Denmark is no longer a member of EU law enforcement agency Europol as of yesterday (1 May) but will retain access to its databases thanks to an eleventh hour agreement.

Development Policy 28-04-2017

Malaysian PM: Uneven growth could fuel extremism in South-east Asia

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak warned today (28 April) that South-east Asian countries needed to ensure their economic growth was inclusive, or risk marginalised populations turning to violent extremism or even overturning political systems.

‘Small’ terrorist threats averted in London, Edinburgh, Berlin

Armed British officers arrested a man carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office in London yesterday (27 April) on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism.

Politics 28-04-2017

Mogherini: EU defence cooperation speeding up

EU defence integration is advancing faster than in other areas and could see key decisions made this year to boost cooperation, foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said on Thursday (27 April).

Politics 27-04-2017

Military chiefs call for better data-sharing against terrorism

Top military officials from the United States and Europe called on Wednesday (26 April) for better information-sharing to fight terrorism and regular coordinating meetings for justice officials.

Defence policy 26-04-2017

Germany on cusp of new defence debate as military spending increases again

Global expenditure on weapons has risen for the second year in a row. Germany has increased its spending and opposition politicians want a new debate about defence. The issue could become crucial in the end-of-year elections. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Global Europe 25-04-2017

Refugee hotspots in Italy and Greece ‘not yet adequate’, say EU auditors

The EU’s emergency response to the 2015 refugee crisis, by creating arrival ‘hotspots’ in Greece and Italy, has left reception centres that are “not yet adequate”, according to a damning new report by the EU Court of Auditors.

Politics 24-04-2017

Europe’s populist wave crashes as Macron sails into French runoff

The populist tsunami that slammed into Britain last year, before sweeping across the Atlantic to the United States, may have faded on the shores of France on Sunday (23 April).

Global Europe 21-04-2017

Paris shooting overshadows final day of French election campaign

Security concerns took centre stage in the final days of France's tight presidential race, as candidates defended their stance on the fight against terror, following a shooting in Paris that killed one policeman.