CBRN THREATS. As Europe grapples to find a response to the coronavirus pandemic, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has criticised Europe’s lack of preparedness against biological threats. But while NATO’s preparedness in the field has received less attention than other threats in the past years, the strength of the military alliance’s COVID-19 response is in coordination.
BETTER PREPAREDNESS. Health, global security and international stability are inextricably linked. And our globalised, urbanised and politically fragmented world has never been as vulnerably to pandemics as it is today. Munich Security Conference chairman Wolfgang Ischinger and Merck CEO Stefan Oschmann present five points that are critical in order to be better prepared for situations like these in the future.
THIRTY MEMBERS. North Macedonia became NATO’s 30th member this week, following the completion of its ratification procedure, in another blow to Russia’s hope of maintaining its influence in the Western Balkans, where Montenegro and Albania have already joined the alliance. In reaction, Moscow issued a scathing statement.
RESURRECTION PANEL. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced the creation of a panel of 10 experts to determine NATO’s future and how to revive the ‘brain dead’ alliance following French President Emmanuel Macron’s infamous criticism last autumn which took many NATO members by surprise. Effectively, the panel is to determine how NATO can play a stronger political role and avoid public displays of dissent as seen around last year’s NATO summit in London.
TERRORIST CONTENT. The European Council and Commission are under pressure to make headway on rules to stamp out online terrorist content, the substance of which could provide a precedent for the upcoming Digital Services Act, an MEP involved with the matter told EURACTIV’s Samuel Stolton. As part of the rules, online platforms would be obliged to remove flagged terrorist content within a one hour timeframe, in addition to potentially introducing ‘proactive measures’ such as upload filters.