Defence and security

Biden seeks five-year extension of New START arms treaty with Russia

22-01-2021

US President Joe Biden will seek a five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia, the White House said on Thursday (22 January), in one of the first major foreign policy decisions of the new administration ahead...

22-01-2021

A new dawn for nuclear disarmament, a new voice needed for the EU

As of today, 22 January 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force and bans the most destructive and inhumane class of weapons ever created. While the EU’s member states do not yet take the...
15-01-2021

North Korea shows off new submarine-launched missiles after rare party congress

North Korea displayed what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at a parade on Thursday night (14 January), state media reported, capping more than a week of political meetings with a show of military might.
Global Europe 13-01-2021

Pompeo cancels his last trip to Europe after unprecedented snub

Outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute on Tuesday (12 January) after top EU officials and Luxembourg’s foreign minister declined to meet him, according to European diplomats and other people familiar with...
12-01-2021

Greek students frown at extended mandatory military service

Athens is about to implement a new law in May to increase the mandatory military national service from 9 to 12 months, but younger people feel a lot different than the government. EURACTIV Greece reports.  
China 06-01-2021

Trump bars US transactions with eight Chinese apps including Alipay

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (5 January) signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese software applications, the White House said, escalating tensions with Beijing two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
29-12-2020

Biden: Trump aides setting ‘roadblocks’ for his transition team

President-elect Joe Biden said many of America’s security agencies had been “hollowed out” under President Donald Trump and the lack of information being provided to his transition team by the outgoing administration was an “irresponsibility.”
23-12-2020

Nothing to celebrate in 2020? 20 years of UNSC 1325

2020 did not bring significant progress for the agenda of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the COVID19 pandemic even caused significant setbacks for women's rights, writes Brigitta von Messling.
22-12-2020

US publishes black list of Chinese and Russian firms with military ties

The Trump administration on Monday (21 December) published a list of Chinese and Russian companies with alleged military ties that restrict them from buying a wide range of US goods and technology.
Global Europe 22-12-2020

Iran nuclear deal parties eye US return to accord

The remaining parties to the ailing 2015 Iran nuclear deal said on Monday (21 December) they were preparing for the possible return of the US to the pact as President-elect Joe Biden readies to take office next month.
21-12-2020

Don’t forget about Europe’s Northern Partners 

In designing the European security architecture, how can Norwegian and EU priorities in defence and security be prudently squared against one another to ensure that both sides mutually benefit from the partnership, ask Kinga Brudzinska and Lucia Rybnikárová.
18-12-2020

US response to Putin may close door to more arms control talks under Trump

The United States on Thursday (17 December) reiterated a proposal already rejected by Moscow for extending their last strategic arms limitation treaty, appearing to close the door to talks in the final weeks of the Trump administration.
17-12-2020

Fuming at US sanctions, Erdogan slams NATO

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday (16 December) US sanctions imposed on Turkey over its purchase of Russian defence systems were a "hostile attack" on its sovereign rights and defence industry, and the move was bound to fail.
Global Europe 14-12-2020

Borrell dreams of ‘making multilateralism great again’

In a strategic article published on Monday, the EU chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, depicts the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on world affairs, warning of growing divergences between world players, backsliding in terms of global poverty and strengthening of the authoritarian regimes.
EU negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council signed off on new rules to police online terrorist content yesterday, in a move that will see pan-European removal orders issued from competent authorities of any EU member state.
Digital 11-12-2020

New cross-border online terrorist content rules sparks rights concerns

EU lawmakers from the European Parliament and the Council signed off on new rules to police online terrorist content Thursday (10 December), in a move that will see pan-European removal orders issued from competent authorities of any EU member state.
Global Europe 11-12-2020

US set to sanction Turkey over Russian defense system

The United States is poised to impose sanctions on Turkey over its acquisition last year of Russian S-400 air defense systems, three US officials said, a move likely to worsen already problematic ties between the two NATO allies.
10-12-2020

Berlin blocks Chinese acquisition of German high-tech satellite firm

As German high-tech company IMST was about to pass into Chinese hands, German Chancellor Angela Merkel blocked the deal for reasons of "public order and security". EURACTIV Italy reports.
10-12-2020

France’s next-generation aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered

France's next-generation aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered and replace in 2038 the national fleet's flagship warship, the Charles de Gaulle, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (9 December).
09-12-2020

Foreign IS fighters in Northeast Syrian camps – a ‘ticking time bomb’ for Europe

Hundreds of women and children, many of them relatives of foreign fighters, are interned in the al-Hawl camp in Northeast Syria and have created “a miniature version of the Islamic State (IS)", which risks becoming a breeding ground and risk for Europe's security.
Cybersecurity 09-12-2020

Leading US cybersecurity firm hacked, likely by a government

FireEye, one of the largest cybersecurity companies in the United States, said that it had been hacked, likely by a government, and that an arsenal of hacking tools used to test the defenses of its clients had been stolen.
Global Europe 08-12-2020

EU top diplomat keeps mum over Turkey arms embargo

The EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell clearly dodged a question on Monday (7 December) over the possibility to impose an EU arms embargo on Turkey as a means to convince Ankara to de-escalate tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Spanish...
Politics 04-12-2020

Can reform and refocus save ‘brain dead’ NATO?

NATO’s new reform report presented this week has drawn up recommendations on how the military alliance should tackle new challenges in its backyard. EURACTIV spoke to experts about the report and the next steps. “We proposed changes to mitigate eventual...
China 04-12-2020

Trump administration adds two big China companies to Defense blacklist

The Trump administration on Thursday (3 December) added China's top chipmaker SMIC and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
04-12-2020

In parting shot, Pompeo rebukes Turkey at NATO meeting

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used his final NATO meeting this week to sharply criticise Turkey, saying its purchase of a Russian weapons system was "a gift" to Moscow, according to five diplomats and officials.
Global Europe 03-12-2020

Iran watchdog passes law on hardening nuclear stance, halting UN inspections

Iran’s Guardian Council watchdog body approved a law that obliges the government to halt UN inspections of its nuclear sites and step up uranium enrichment beyond the limit set under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal if sanctions are not eased.
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