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19/01/2017

Study shows Franco-German consensus on defence and immigration integration

Topic: defence policy


Global Europe 12-01-2017

In Brussels, Merkel warns EU-US ties not 'eternal'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the EU Thursday (12 January) it should not rely on "eternal" US support, as concern grows in Europe about Donald Trump's commitment to transatlantic ties.
Global Europe 23-12-2016

Malta: Complacency on migration ‘not an option anymore’

Tackling illegal immigration, security in the Mediterranean and relations with Libya and Tunisia among others will be at the centre of the Maltese EU Presidency during the first half of 2017, Natasha Meli Daudey told EurActiv.pl.
Global Europe 15-12-2016

EU summit extends Russia sanctions for six months, reassures Dutch over Ukraine deal

EU heads of state and government agreed tonight (15 December) to roll over sanctions against Russia over its actions in the Ukraine for a further six months, ticking off one element of an otherwise problematic and late-running summit.
Global Europe 14-12-2016

EU officials: Summit set to be a ‘minefield’ of ‘sensitive, explosive’ stuff

Thursday’s summit of EU leaders (15 December) will be a “minefield”, senior EU officials warned on Wednesday (14 December), citing a list of “sensitive, explosive stuff” that could blow up in their faces.
Global Europe 13-12-2016

Member states must cooperate on defence, not duplicate

In an era of new challenges and growing instability, the European Union cannot stand passively by and watch as its military posture in the world diminishes, writes Joseph Daul.
Global Europe 07-12-2016

EU, NATO cement ‘transatlantic bond’ before Trump takes office

NATO and the European Union overcame years of rivalry yesterday (6 December) to agree a seven-point plan to counter tactics such as cyber attacks, information warfare and irregular militia from Russia and other potential aggressors.
UK & Europe 30-11-2016

Women top EurActiv’s ‘Power List’ of Top 50 Brexit influencers

Despite Britain’s referendum on the EU being called by a man, and both the Leave campaign and the Remain campaign being led by men, women now hold most of the cards when it comes to negotiating Brexit, a panel of experts for EurActiv.com has concluded.
Europe's East 30-11-2016

Ukraine peace talks end without agreement

Four-way talks on ending a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine finished without a breakthrough yesterday (29 November), with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declaring that "lip service" statements were not enough to achieve lasting peace.
Global Europe 30-11-2016

After Trump and Brexit, EU to launch defence research plan

The European Union will unveil its biggest defence research plan in more than a decade on Wednesday (30 November) to reverse billions of euros in cuts and send a message to US President-elect Donald Trump that Europe wants to pay for its own security.
Digital 24-11-2016

Parliament votes to expand EU units that debunk online propaganda

A fledgling group of 11 diplomats that find and debunk Russian propaganda could be given a bigger staff and deeper pockets, if the European Parliament has its way.
Development Policy 22-11-2016

Qualified welcome for EU’s new once-in-a-decade development rethink

Major NGOs gave a guarded welcome today (22 November) to a major once-in-a-decade, overhaul of the EU’s thinking on development.
Global Europe 22-11-2016

Finland plans to set up centre to counter 'hybrid' threats

Several NATO and EU countries are planning to establish a centre in Helsinki to research how to counter "hybrid" warfare, a senior Finnish government official said yesterday (21 November).
Security 18-11-2016

EU defence in an age of uncertainty and crisis

The refugee crisis, the election of Donald Trump, the UK’s Brexit vote and the ever-present threat of terrorism, mean current conditions seem right for EU governments to take steps toward deeper military coordination or even integration, writes Richard Maher.
Development Policy 18-11-2016

Brussels donors conference pledges €2 billion for Central African Republic

International donors yesterday (17 November) pledged $2.2 billion (€2 billion) in aid for strife-torn Central African Republic, one of the world's poorest countries, officials said.
Europe's East 15-11-2016

Armenia’s dangerous posturing sabotages Nagorno-Karabakh peace efforts

Deadly clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces in early April 2016 reminded the world once again of the danger posed by the simmering Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which is playing out in close proximity to Europe’s borders, warns Azad Garibov.
Security 15-11-2016

Divided Austria unites in opposition to EU army

Calls for an "EU army" to be set up have increased since Donald Trump's US election victory, but neutral Austria, at least, is handling the issue very carefully. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 15-11-2016

EU backs minimalist defence plan in effort not to undermine NATO

EU ministers approved a common defence plan yesterday (14 November) despite sharp differences over how far it should go, as Donald Trump's election win stoked fears about Washington's commitment to European security.
Global Europe 09-11-2016

Global flashpoints react to Trump victory

The world's current international hotspots - Iran, the Baltics, NATO and North Korea - reacted with deliberate caution on Wednesday (9 November) to Donald Trump's establishment-defying victory in the US presidential election.
Global Europe 08-11-2016

German defence minister wants EU military to match NATO

Germany's defence minister said yesterday (7 November) the European Union must modernise its military defence and security to match NATO's drive to beef up its own security forces in the wake of a major Russian build-up.
Global Europe 21-10-2016

Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU, declares Tusk at summit

Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU, Council President Donald Tusk said following a five-hour summit discussion on the Union’s relations with Moscow, described as “tough” by diplomats.
Global Europe 19-10-2016

Ex-VP: Taiwan must become 'neutral Switzerland' of Asia-Pacific

To avoid China taking over Taiwan, and ease tensions in the South China Sea, Taiwan should become a permanent neutral nation like Switzerland, former Taiwanese vice-president Annette Hsiu-lien LU told EurActiv in an interview.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

Barnier: 'If we do not stick together, we are doomed'

Michel Barnier, Jean-Claude Juncker's special advisor on European defence, on Friday (15 October) called for the EU to establish a €3-4 billion defence budget. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 10-10-2016

'State of emergency' declared in Ethiopia as protest death toll rises

The Ethiopian government on Sunday (10 October) declared a state of emergency, following a year-long spate of unrest which spiked in a week of deaths and attacks on buildings and foreign companies.
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Global Europe 29-09-2016

Study shows Franco-German consensus on defence and immigration integration

French and German members of parliament are both open to granting more competencies to the EU in the fields of defence and immigration policy. There is, however, considerable disagreement on certain reform proposals for the eurozone.