Defence and security

11-06-2021

NATO to stay a regional alliance, but could increasingly look towards Indo-Pacific

The West’s recent pivot towards Asia has heightened tensions in the Indo-Pacific. As NATO leaders are looking to update the alliance's official master strategy document, its “Strategic Concept”, a more global role for the alliance seems to be emerging.
11-06-2021

Montenegro dismisses NATO drift allegations as ‘disinformation’ ahead of alliance summit

Allegations of a cooling relationship between Montenegro and NATO is disinformation and fake news, defence minister Olivera Injac told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
11-06-2021

NATO summit: A key test for Biden’s reset with Europe

After an identity crisis over the past years, NATO leaders will gather in Brussels on Monday (14 June), for a summit to re-orient the alliance, sandwiched between the G7 summit in Britain and an EU–US summit right after. EURACTIV looked...
08-06-2021

NATO chief warns of ‘new dangers’ from Russia-China rapprochement

Growing political and military cooperation between Russia and China poses "new dangers" for NATO and threatens multilateralism, the head of the military alliance said in an interview published Tuesday (8 June).
02-06-2021

Ahead of NATO summit, allies remain divided about common funding

Shortly before a crucial summit on 14 June in Brussels, NATO members remain divided about a proposal for higher community spending. At the summit, touted as an opportunity to revive the alliance and a reset when US President Joe Biden...
27-05-2021

Ukraine condemns lack of progress towards NATO membership

Ukrainian authorities on Wednesday (26 May) condemned NATO reluctance to speed up Kyiv's membership in the alliance following tensions with Moscow over a buildup of Russian troops along the ex-Soviet country's borders.
20-05-2021

Lobbying and undue influence: It’s time to put the spotlight on defence

Defence is one of the most important policy areas for governments around the world, but related decision-making is rarely as transparent and fair as it should be and lawmakers must shine a light on lobbying by the arms industry, argues Charlie Linney.
Elections 20-05-2021

Germany’s Laschet to follow Merkel’s footsteps on Russia, China

The leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) Armin Laschet, who hopes to succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor, is largely expected to keep his predecessor's diplomatic line, with little nuance on foreign and security policy. 
Global Europe 19-05-2021

Driving innovation in the civil, defence and space industries

The EU action plan on linking space and defence is a step forward. But much more needs to be done if Europe is to develop the next generation of critical defence capabilities, writes Simon Hoey.
18-05-2021

France, Germany and Spain strike deal over joint combat jet

France, Germany and Spain said on Monday (17 May) they had reached a deal over the next steps of the development of a new fighter jet, Europe’s largest defence project at an estimated cost of more than €100 billion. France...
17-05-2021

Turkey’s participation request in EU military project apprehended as ‘Trojan horse’

NATO member Turkey has submitted an application to participate in one of the EU's Dutch-led military project on military mobility, despite tense relations with Greece and Cyprus. While the request is being reviewed, EU diplomats are split over Ankara's possible participation.

EU approves strengthened civil protection mechanism

EU member states on Monday (10 May) approved a strengthened EU Civil Protection Mechanism, with new rules to better prepare for emergencies like forest fires, and more resources allowing a faster response to new threats such as pandemics.
10-05-2021

Portuguese defence minister: We should make better use of ‘Coalitions of the Willing’

There is ‘clarity of understanding’ that circumstances for European defence have changed and there is an increased recognition Europe cannot be geopolitically relevant without having a military dimension, Portugal’s defence minister, João Gomes Cravinho, told EURACTIV in an interview. According...
Elections 07-05-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE – Wind of change over Berlin

German federal elections are rarely fought on foreign policy. But if they were to be, the Greens – we now know – could be more than a safe contender. Knowing that Germany’s incumbent chancellor is stepping down for good in...
EU-Africa 07-05-2021

‘Urgency’ needed on EU military mission in Mozambique, says Borrell

The European Union must move with "urgency" to step up its support for Mozambique as it battles against a wave of attacks by Islamic insurgents by sending a military training mission to work with local soldiers, the bloc’s foreign affairs chief said on Thursday (6 May).
06-05-2021

US, Norway, Canada among first foreign countries to join EU military mobility project

EU defence ministers on Thursday (6 May) agreed to allow the United States, Norway and Canada to join the bloc's project on military mobility, seen as the ‘silver bullet’ for EU-NATO defence cooperation and designed to ensure seamless movement of military equipment across the EU in response to crises.
06-05-2021

EU seeks rapid response military force, two decades after first try

Fourteen EU countries, including Germany and France, have proposed a rapid military response force that could intervene early in international crises, a senior EU official said on Wednesday, two decades after a previous attempt. The countries say the EU should...
30-04-2021

European Parliament backs EU’s €7.9 billion defence fund

EU lawmakers on Thursday (29 April) approved the controversial €7.9 billion European Defence Fund (EDF), clearing the way for the bloc's first-ever dedicated programme for military research intended to bolster military cooperation between EU member states.
29-04-2021

EU Parliament approves reform of civil protection mechanism

The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (27 April) a strengthened legal framework for the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to ensure that the EU is better prepared "to respond to future large-scale emergencies".
21-04-2021

Germany calls for closer cooperation with France over security threats

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called for closer bilateral cooperation with France in light of the tense security situation in Europe marked by the Russian "threat", the rise of China and spreading "Islamist terrorism" in the Sahel region. EURACTIV France reports.
16-04-2021

German, French defence ministers to discuss joint combat jet

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will next week discuss with her French counterpart Florence Parly the behind-schedule Franco-German combat jet project as well as tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
Europe's East 15-04-2021

Germany, US call on Russia to pull back troops from Ukrainian border

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden called on Russia to pull back troops from the Ukrainian border to de-escalate the situation in the region, a German government spokesman said on Wednesday (14 April).
Global Europe 14-04-2021

US increases military presence in Germany in reversal of Trump policy

The US announced on Tuesday (13 April) it will ramp up its forces by 500  additional troops in Germany amid the latest tensions with Russia over Ukraine, in a reversal of former President Donald Trump’s plans to cut troops in...
Global Europe 13-04-2021

Ukraine mobilises NATO’s diplomatic and political means over Russia troops build-up

After Kyiv and Moscow traded blame over the worsening situation in the eastern Donbas region, Ukraine was able to mobilise its Western allies at political level, with several high-level meetings planned this week.