reporting from Paris

Global Europe 10-04-2022

Global Europe Brief: France’s Russian roulette

In this week’s edition: French foreign policy woes, Ukraine latest and Nordic NATO aspirations.

With war at its doorstep, EU agrees to move on defence

Drawing quick lessons from Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine, EU leaders agreed on Friday (11 March) to collectively "resolutely bolster investment" in defence capabilities and "substantially increase" defence spending across the bloc.
Europe's East 11-03-2022

EU leaders tone down Ukraine’s membership plan

After hours of debate, EU leaders on Thursday (10 March) stopped short of concrete commitments on Ukraine's appeal for rapid accession to the bloc and differed over the reach of sanctions against Moscow.
Enlargement 10-03-2022

EU leaders unlikely to agree on Ukraine’s candidate status

EU leaders are to pledge support but are likely to stop short of offering fast-track EU membership to Ukraine when they meet for an informal summit in Paris on Thursday (10 March), according to a draft statement, seen by EURACTIV....

F-35 faces Turkish uncertainty as US sanctions loom over Russian defence deal

Washington is looking to impose financial sanctions on Turkish firms beyond those that build parts for the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jet, due to Ankara’s plans to buy a Russian-built S-400 NATO non-compatible air defence system, a top Pentagon official said on Monday (17 June).

Next-generation European fighter jet cooperation ready for take-off

Germany, France and Spain inked on Monday (17 June) a framework agreement for the joint construction of Europe's largest arms project to date, the so-called Future Air Combat System (FCAS).