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27/08/2016

Conflict analyst: EU would have ‘second most powerful military on Earth’

Topic: defence policy


Global Europe 26-08-2016

German minister calls for new arms control agreement with Russia

Germany's foreign minister has called for a new arms control deal with Moscow to avoid an escalation of tensions in Europe, where intensified military exercises by Russia and NATO have raised concerns that a war could inadvertently be triggered.
Security 23-08-2016

Biden tells Baltic states 'don't take Trump seriously'

US Vice-President Joe Biden told Baltic leaders on Tuesday (23 August) not to take seriously comments by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that called into question America’s commitment to protect NATO allies in the face of Russian aggression.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

Diplomatic marathon kicks off to reinvent Europe after Brexit

French, German and Italian leaders are meeting today (22 August) on the island of Ventotene near Naples, opening a series of marathon diplomatic talks on the future of Europe. The Franco-German couple hopes to revive the EU project with a new political roadmap, EurActiv.com has learned.
Euro & Finance 19-08-2016

The failure to police the EU’s financial border is a security weakness

Whilst EU leaders and policymakers have struggled to maintain the security of the EU’s external physical border, the financial border is wide open to all. At a time of focus on the funding of EU extremism from third countries this is a worrying weakness, writes Tom Keatinge.
Global Europe 18-08-2016

EU calls for 'immediate halt' to Aleppo fighting

The European Union on Thursday (18 August) urged an "immediate halt" to fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo to allow medical and humanitarian aid to reach an estimated 1.5 million trapped civilians.
Global Europe 16-08-2016

Agencies: Russia says close to joint military action with US in Aleppo

Russia and the United States are close to starting joint military action against militants in Syria's Aleppo, Russian news agencies on Monday (15 August) quoted Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as saying.
Security 21-07-2016

NYT: Trump questions US commitment to NATO

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has raised fresh questions about his commitment to automatically defend NATO allies if they were attacked, a stance in keeping with his "America First" agenda, the New York Times reported on Wednesday (20 July)
Global Europe 19-07-2016

14 Turkish navy ships ‘missing' at sea since foiled coup

Some 14 Turkish military ships on active duty in the Aegean and Black Seas are reportedly “missing”, according to reports.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

The Turkey coup looks like the most incompetent undertaking imaginable

Whatever happened on Friday 15 July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has emerged stronger than ever and can now arrest anyone he wants on charges of treason, writes George Friedman.
Security 19-07-2016

UK parliament votes to update nuclear arsenal

The new British Prime Minister Theresa May won her first parliamentary victory on Monday night (18 July), as MPs voted overwhelmingly to update the country’s nuclear arsenal.

Belgium's Independence Day celebrations will go ahead despite Nice attack

Celebrations for Belgium’s national day will go ahead amid heightened security next Thursday (21 June), despite last night’s Bastille Day terror attack in Nice.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Commission: Russian propaganda has deeply penetrated EU countries

A European Commission official has said that Russian propaganda was now powerful in all EU member states – but in some of them Moscow barely needed to make the effort, as local politicians were delivering its messages.
Security 11-07-2016

German public 'misled' on weapon exports

Germany recently released its report on arms exports, which showed that sales have nearly doubled, despite promises to scale back the number and value of weapons being sent abroad. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 08-07-2016

Russia, Brexit loom over Warsaw NATO summit

NATO leaders meet today (8 July) for a landmark summit in Warsaw to send an uncompromising message to a resurgent Russia while trying to contain the fallout from Britain's dramatic vote to quit the European Union.
Global Europe 05-07-2016

Warsaw NATO Summit: Time to act

Tomasz Poręba discusses the ever-growing threat coming from Russia and the importance of the upcoming Warsaw NATO Summit in order to strengthen Europe’s eastern border.
Global Europe 05-07-2016

Argentina says Falklands claim unchanged by Brexit

Argentinian President Mauricio Macri told EU leaders yesterday (4 July) that his country's claim to the Falkland Islands remains unchanged following Britain's vote to leave the EU.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Mogherini's new Global Strategy offers lighthouse for EU in uncertain waters

While all Europeans have become hostages of the Brexit talks, the Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini on Tuesday (28 June) offered a reassuring project for angry and worried European citizens, writes Damien Helly.      
Global Europe 30-06-2016

CIA director: Istanbul attack bears ISIS 'hallmark'

The suicide assault on Istanbul's Ataturk airport bears the "hallmark" of an Islamic State group attack, CIA Director John Brennan said Wednesday (29 June).
Global Europe 17-06-2016

Putin makes pitch for better Europe ties as economy suffers

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday (17 June) said he was willing to reach out to Europe to mend relations shattered by the Ukraine crisis but insisted the West was  responsible for the bad blood.

Europeans fear ISIS and refugees, oppose increased military budgets

A wide-ranging survey carried out across Europe has highlighted that most EU citizens believe that Islamic State is the biggest threat to security. However, a majority of respondents opposed bigger military spending as a solution. EurActiv’s partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Global Europe 15-06-2016

UN authorises EU operation against Libya arms smuggling

The UN Security Council on Tuesday (14 June) approved an EU operation to intercept ships suspected of arms smuggling to Libya, moving to shore up Tripoli's unity government as it battles the Islamic State group.
Global Europe 06-06-2016

EU seeks UN backing to enforce Libya arms embargo

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini asked the UN Security Council Monday to authorize the EU naval force in the Mediterranean to enforce the arms embargo on Libya.
Global Europe 31-05-2016

EU to label Russia a 'strategic challenge'

Until the illegal annexation of Crimea, the European Union had labelled Russia its "strategic partner". But in the new EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, which is expected to be unveiled at the end of June, the bloc will label Russia its “strategic challenge”, a diplomat said yesterday (30 May).
Global Europe 20-05-2016

Conflict analyst: EU would have 'second most powerful military on Earth'

The EU would have "the second most powerful military" in the world if its members pooled its resources, insisted the co-director of the Institute of Studies on Conflict and Humanitarian Action in an interview with EurActiv Spain.