Security

Defence policy 13-11-2017

EU takes step towards closer defence cooperation

The EU took a major step towards building closer defence ties on Monday (13 November), with 23 member states signing a landmark agreement, promoted by France and Germany, to fund and boost cooperation following Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.

Politics 10-11-2017

EU moves to ensure smooth military transport across the bloc

The European Commission adopted on Friday (10 November) a roadmap aimed at removing barriers for the smooth transport of military troops and gear inside the bloc, as part of efforts to create the European defence union.

Defence policy 09-11-2017

EU to sign joint defence pact in show of post-Brexit unity

At least 20 members of the European Union will next week sign up to a new defence pact, heavily promoted by France and Germany, to fund and develop joint military hardware in a show of unity following Britain's decision to quit the bloc.

Defence policy 09-11-2017

Borissov asks Juncker who are EU’s enemies, gets compliments instead

EURACTIV asked Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker what are the geopolitical risks for the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Borissov said he had asked the same question to Juncker, but apparently obtained no answer.

Future EU 02-11-2017

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz – conservative and pro-European

With Sebastian Kurz, the EU can count on a pro-European partner in the new Austrian government. And expect a policy that is based on conservative values, but also willing to reform. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Central Asia 31-10-2017

Russia to hold Syria ‘congress’ in Sochi despite Syrian opposition’s concerns

The seventh round of Syria talks in Astana ended on Tuesday (31 October) with an agreement between the three “guarantor states” (Russia, Iran and Turkey) for a “congress of national dialogue” to be held in Sochi, despite reservations from the Syrian opposition. EURACTIV reports from Astana.

Central Asia 31-10-2017

Kazakhstan minister: Our international mediation capacity is growing

Kazakhstan is ready to continue its role as a facilitator of international dialogue and mediation, Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Kazakhstan’s deputy foreign minister, said as he briefed reporters in Astana on Tuesday (31 October) and answered many questions about the ongoing Syria talks, North Korea and eastern Ukraine.

Global Europe 25-10-2017

UK lawmaker asks Zuckerberg about Russia-linked Brexit activity

A British parliamentary committee investigating "fake news" and suspected foreign interference in politics said on Tuesday (24 October) it has asked Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for details on Russian-linked ads used during the Brexit vote and June's general election.

Politics 24-10-2017

Internal NATO report reveals weaknesses in defence

A classified NATO report reveals huge problems with logistics and troop deployment that could threaten the alliance's defence capability. NATO has been quite late in adopting a change of course. EURACTIV Germany’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Africa 24-10-2017

Pentagon looks at stepped-up Africa role to counter Islamic State

The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue Islamic State group jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their "caliphate," American officials say.

Global Europe 20-10-2017

Italy seeks EU’s help on migration

Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni sought member states' support for stemming migrant flows at this week's EU summit and called for an EU mission to police Niger's border with Libya.

Politics 20-10-2017

Source: Malicious act suspected in Europe building poisoning

Investigations have been conducted in the Europa building in Brussels to make sure that no poisonous material was maliciously placed inside the ventilation system, a source told EURACTIV on Friday (20 October), after two incidents were reported there in the past week.

Brexit 20-10-2017

#EUCO wrapup: EU summit agrees on ‘Leaders agenda’ despite Brexit

EU leaders wound up two-days of high-level talks in Brussels on Friday (20 October). Digital single market, migration, defence, but also Catalonia and Turkey, were discussed on Thursday. On Brexit, the leaders welcomed 'some progress' in the talks, but said it was not enough to move to phase two, postponing that assessment for December.

Global Europe 19-10-2017

Borissov gives preview of Turkey debate before EU summit dinner

The future of EU-Turkey relations was an agenda item at Thursday's (19 October) EU summit dinner, which was still ongoing at the time this article was published.

Future EU 18-10-2017

Tusk proposes two-year EU reform blitz, new working methods at summits

EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday (17 October) proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.

Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.

Politics 12-10-2017

Germany urged to rethink, revamp its military spending-report

The changing political landscape should force Germany to step out of the shadow of its past and take a much more active role in Europe's defence and security, according to a new report published on Thursday (12 October).

European Union to get a single public prosecutor

A Luxembourg-based chief prosecutor, first envisioned in the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, will start work next year after getting final approval from the European Parliament today.

Global Europe 05-10-2017

Secondhand Russian fighter jets arrive in Serbia 

Russia began delivering a gift of six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia this week, escalating tensions between the EU candidate country and its neighbours.

Future EU 03-10-2017

Polish president sees future EU as ‘community of free nations’

Polish President Andrzej Duda outlined his vision for the future of the EU during a speech to mark the opening of the academic year at the College of Europe campus in Warsaw last week. EURACTIV Poland reports.

More than 760 injured in Catalonia during referendum-Catalan regional government

Around 760 people have been injured in disturbances across Catalonia on Sunday (1 October) according to the latest figures released by the regional government, as riot police clashed with people who had gathered for a banned referendum on the region’s independence from Spain.

Global Europe 28-09-2017

Baghdad piles pressure on Iraqi Kurds to reverse overwhelming independence vote

Baghdad heaped pressure on Iraq’s Kurds yesterday (27 September), demanding they cancel their overwhelming vote for independence while parliament urged the Iraqi central government to send troops to take control of vital oil fields held by Kurdish forces.

Africa 22-09-2017

EU socialists make ‘progressive’ push in Tunisia ahead of election

The European Parliament's Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group) is exploring ways to bring progressive centre-left forces in Tunisia into the fold in order to ensure a democratic transition ahead of the country's first post-revolution municipality election.

Global Europe 21-09-2017

Mogherini: No need to renegotiate Iran nuclear deal

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday (20 September) that there was no need to renegotiate the Iranian nuclear deal, insisting it was "delivering" despite US demands to re-open the agreement.