Defence policy

Security 14-02-2017

Munich Security Conference: Start of a post-Western era?

The Western world order as we know it is at risk, according to the annual Munich Security Report. Euractiv Germany reports.

Global Europe 10-02-2017

MEPs urge EU countries to boost defence cooperation ‘in times of external crisis’

In light of the new fragile status quo in international politics, MEPs passed yesterday (09 February) a resolution urging member states to show greater political will to cooperate in the defence field.

Defence policy 08-02-2017

Moldova balks at idea of closer NATO ties

Pro-Russian President of Moldova Igor Dodon yesterday (7 February) warned NATO that the closer ties it seeks with his strategically placed country could undermine its neutrality and threaten its security.

Global Europe 08-02-2017

German troops deploy in Lithuania under NATO banner

Germany and NATO yesterday (7 February) underscored their commitment to beefing up the defence of Eastern Europe's border with Russia as the first of four new battalions under the North Atlantic alliance's banner arrived in Lithuania.

Future EU 03-02-2017

Divided EU leaders put faith in transatlantic ties, despite Trump

Transatlantic relations are an absolute priority insisted European Council President Donald Tusk at the end of the informal summit in Malta where EU leaders today (3 February) discussed US President Donald Trump's comments on Europe and NATO. 

Central Europe 02-02-2017

Visegrád on Trump: Anxious but optimistic

Depending on which country you ask, in Central Europe, the new US government is either a source of unease in matters concerning Moscow or, in the case of Hungary, newfound confidence. Euractiv's Central European partners report.

Global Europe 23-01-2017

How the arms industry is staging a European coup

The EU is increasingly taking a pro-military stance, as the arms lobby exercises more influence. The election of Antoni Tajani last week as European Parliament president means the arms industry's influence will grow further in the coming years, warns Bram Vranken.

Global Europe 20-01-2017

Attali: Europe is world’s biggest power but does not recognise it

Other world powers would be happy to see the EU fall apart. A defence union would stop this from happening and prevent Europe sliding back into conflict, Jacques Attali said in an interview with EurActiv.com.

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.

Defence policy 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.

Armenia 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.