Security

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.

Politics 20-04-2017

Tillerson accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ as US reviews policy

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused Iran on Wednesday (19 April) of 'alarming ongoing provocations' to destabilise countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran.

Politics 19-04-2017

France arrests men suspected of planning attack ahead of elections

Two men arrested in Marseille on Tuesday (18 April) planned an "imminent and violent attack" ahead of the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday (23 April), authorities said.

Southern EU leaders defend US strike on Syria

The leaders of southern EU nations said yesterday (10 April) that a US missile strike on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack was "understandable," as diplomatic tensions mount over the incident.

Defence policy 10-04-2017

Schulz defies Trump, advocates disarmament

Angela Merkel’s main rival in this year’s German election said today (10 April) he would stress disarmament rather than military spending if he becomes chancellor after September’s vote, rejecting US pressure to spend more on defence.

EU condemns bombing of Egyptian Coptic churches

At least 44 people were killed in Egypt in bomb attacks at the cathedral of the Coptic Pope and another church on Palm Sunday (9 April), prompting anger and fear among Christians and leading to troop deployments and the declaration of a three-month state of emergency.

Uzbek arrested for Stockholm attack

After a massive manhunt for the driver of a stolen truck that ploughed into a crowd outside a busy department store in central Stockholm on Friday (7 April), killing four and injuring 15, Swedish police arrested a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan who had been denied permanent residency in Sweden and who had expressed sympathy for Islamic State.

Politics 10-04-2017

Slovenia says tougher EU border checks ‘unacceptable’

Newly-introduced tougher checks on the EU's external borders aimed at stopping suspected Islamist fighters from Iraq and Syria are "unacceptable" and should be amended, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said yesterday (9 April).

Politics 07-04-2017

EU starts systematic checks at external borders today

Europeans will face systematic checks at the external borders of the EU's Schengen area beginning on Friday (7 April) under legislation designed to tackle "foreign fighters" returning from Iraq and Syria.

Politics 07-04-2017

France says backs West African cooperation against Islamists

France backs efforts by West African states to boost security in the Sahel region, including a plan for a 5,000-strong multinational force to combat Islamist fighters, its foreign minister said yesterday (6 April).

Aviation 05-04-2017

EU regulator says airline ‘laptop ban’ may compromise safety

Europe's aviation regulator voiced concern on Wednesday (5 April) over the risk of battery fires in the cargo holds of passenger planes after US and British authorities banned certain electronics from passenger cabins.

Politics 05-04-2017

In Brexit talks, don’t bargain over security

Theresa May's decision to link future security cooperation with Europe to the outcome of a trade deal is damaging for the Brexit talks. In the contrary, a deal on security could set a positive tone for the very difficult trade negotiations, argues Rem Korteweg.

Freedom of thought 04-04-2017

EU envoy on religious freedom: ‘Indifference, ignorance and fear’ are terror’s greatest allies

To mark his first anniversary in the role as the EU’s inaugural Special Envoy for the Freedom of Religion or Belief Outside the EU, EURACTIV.com interviewed Ján Figeľ about the headscarf ban, Islamist terrorism and growing up Catholic in a communist state.

Politics 03-04-2017

Lithuania says Russia has ability to launch Baltic attack in 24 hours

Russia has developed the capability to launch an attack on the Baltic States with as little as 24 hours' notice, limiting NATO's options to respond other than to have military forces already deployed in the region, Lithuania's intelligence service said today (3 April).

Politics 03-04-2017

Blasts in St. Petersburg metro stations kill 10

At least 10 people were killed in explosions in two train carriages at metro stations in St. Petersburg on Monday, Russian authorities said.

Politics 03-04-2017

Italy brokers deal with Libyan tribes to curb migrant influx

The Italian government said yesterday (2 April) that dozens of rival tribes in southern Libya had agreed to cooperate on securing the country's borders in an effort to curb the influx of migrants trying to reach Europe.

Brexit 31-03-2017

Security is risky card for Britain in Brexit talks, analysts say

From sharing intelligence after terror attacks to pursuing cross-border criminals, security is a potential bargaining chip for Britain in the Brexit negotiations – but one that must be played carefully, analysts say.

Enlargement 31-03-2017

Kosovo’s president bows to pressure on his army plan

Kosovo's President Hashim Thaçi on Thursday (30 March) gave up on his plans for a rapid transformation of the nation's defence force into an army, ceding to strong opposition from Western allies.

Politics 30-03-2017

Austrian neutrality complicates future role in security policy

Whether it's the issue of an EU army or common security policy, Austria tends to refer back to its treasured Declaration of Neutrality. But critics are calling for a rethink. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Politics 30-03-2017

UK likely to leave Europol and might ‘take our information with us’

Britain is likely to leave European Union police agency Europol after Brexit and could "take our information" away if no future security deal is struck with the bloc, interior minister Amber Rudd said yesterday (29 March).

Politics 29-03-2017

The Presidency debate: Europe’s security

Europe is facing many security challenges. The Maltese Presidency has made it a priority.

Data protection 29-03-2017

EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June

The European Commission will propose new measures in June to make it easier for police to access data on internet messaging apps like WhatsApp, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said yesterday (28 March), heeding calls from national interior ministers.