Defence and security

15-07-2019

Macron hails common European defence at Paris parade

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday (14 July) sought to showcase European military cooperation in France's annual Bastille Day parade that included representatives of nine other European armies in a show of unity at a time of growing tensions between Europe and the United States.
09-07-2019

Russia nuclear sub fire ‘could have caused global catastrophe’

A fire aboard a top-secret Russian nuclear submarine could have led to a “catastrophe of global proportions” if not for the selfless actions of the crew, a senior navy official was cited by a Russian media outlet as saying.
08-07-2019

Chizhov: Washington chose to act unilaterally to abrogate nuclear arms treaty

In a wide-ranging interview, Russia's Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov, speaks about nuclear arms control, the EU elections and top jobs, the situation in Ukraine, including the MH17, and America's bid to challenge Russian gas.
08-07-2019

US call for Syria troops divides German coalition

Discord broke out in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition Sunday (7 July), after the United States urged the country to send ground troops to Syria as Washington looks to withdraw from the region.
03-07-2019

EU, France, Germany and UK urge Iran to reverse uranium decision

The diplomatic chiefs of the EU, France, Germany and Britain said Tuesday (2 July) they were "extremely concerned" and urged Iran to reverse its decision to breach a limit on enriched uranium reserves under a 2015 nuclear deal.
Enlargement 28-06-2019

North Macedonia’s Sekerinska: Postponing decisions is not the best policy

North Macedonia has done its part in removing the obstacles on its road to EU accession, but the EU has been slow to follow suit, North Macedonia’s Defence Minister Radmila Šekerinska told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Radmila Šekerinska is...
Global Europe 27-06-2019

EU needs new approach to ensure Mediterranean Sea security

Threats in the wider Mediterranean region and ongoing tensions between Rome and Paris are threatening Italy's geostrategic role in European and global defence in the region, experts have said in a report, also warning that climate change could further destabilise the region.
27-06-2019

NATO members discuss strategy in face of dying arms-control pact

NATO defence ministers met on Wednesday (26 June) to discuss strategies against the threat of new Russian missile systems, as the landmark nuclear arms control treaty against land-based nuclear warheads is due to collapse next month.
26-06-2019

Northern Group aims to step up regional security cooperation

Only days after the NATO-led maritime manoeuvre BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) tested the waters in the Baltic Sea region, Northern Group defence ministers met on Tuesday (25 June) in Berlin in an attempt to deepen their cooperation. The so-called Northern Group...
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2019

Trade and horsetrade: Top five hot-button G20 issues

Global trade, geopolitical hotspots around the world and even horse-trading over top EU jobs, G20 leaders have a lot of their plate when they meet from Friday (28 June) in Osaka.
25-06-2019

NATO warns of ‘defensive’ countermeasures to Russia’s arms treaty breach

NATO urged Russia on Tuesday (25 June) to destroy its new missile system to save the INF nuclear treaty or face a more determined response by the military alliance. An August deadline now looms ever larger.
25-06-2019

Russia warns of repeat of 1962 Cuban missile crisis

The US deployment of land-based missile systems near Russia’s borders could lead to a stand-off comparable to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday (24 June).
25-06-2019

Europe calls for ‘urgent restraint’ as US hits Iran with extra sanctions

The European Union called for an "immediate de-escalation" of tensions in the Middle East on Monday (24 June), as the US government announced new "hard-hitting" sanctions on Iran after launching a series of cyber attacks on the country last week.
Central Europe 20-06-2019

Lithuanian FM: Russian threats are real and should be taken seriously

Although there are no direct Russian threats to Lithuania, there are insecurities in the region and militaristic arguments used in political debates, which must be taken seriously, Lithuania's foreign minister told EURACTIV Croatia in an interview.
5G 19-06-2019

Protecting Europe from China will strengthen the future of NATO

Competition with China is mostly economic, but NATO members need to pay attention. American and European interests align when it comes to the growing strategic competition between the Western alliance and China, writes Douglas Lute.
19-06-2019

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).
Central Asia 18-06-2019

Iran-US tensions dominate two Central Asia summits

Two regional summits held in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan last week had a common denominator: the support from Russia and China to Iran in the face of US threats after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman.
17-06-2019

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).
Global Europe 17-06-2019

US ambassador: Europe should forget Huawei, embrace Western tech

America cannot have close security, intelligence and technology ties with Europe unless the EU cuts ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei and embraces "Western telecom industry", the US ambassador to the European Union told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
14-06-2019

France’s weapons exports see sharp increase on European market

France's arms sales in 2018 were worth €9.118 billion, up 30% compared to 2017. Exports to European countries are seeing a strong increase, according to the French Ministry for Armed Forces. EURACTIV's partner Brussels2.eu reports.
13-06-2019

CDU party chief wants Germany to reach 2% NATO spending target

The leader of German Christian Democrats, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK), stated on Wednesday (12 June) that German military expenditures would have to be raised to NATO's 2% spending target, while former Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel proposed splitting Germany's military spending into two funds. EURACTIV Germany reports.
13-06-2019

Trump announces 1,000 extra troops for Poland

US President Donald Trump announced Wednesday (12 June) he will send 1,000 more troops to Poland to counter Russia, while criticizing Germany for making itself a "hostage" to Moscow by over-relying on Russian energy supplies.
12-06-2019

Climate change threat to world peace, study warns

Although the average level of global peace improved very slightly in comparison to previous years, there is little time or cause to rejoice, the 2019 Global Peace Index (GPI) suggested on Wednesday (12 June).
12-06-2019

Ukraine and Russia clash in The Hague over Black and Asov Sea dispute

Ukraine and Russia traded barbs this week in front of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague over Russia's alleged violations of waters around Ukraine's Crimea region in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.

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