Defence and security

Global Europe 17-09-2021

France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal

France accused US President Joe Biden on Thursday (16 September) of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a historic defence export contract to supply Australia with submarines.
16-09-2021

Germany, France warn Mali over Russian mercenary deal

Germany warned Mali on Wednesday (15 September) that a deal with Russian private security group Wagner would "call into question" its deployment in the West African country as part of United Nations and European Union missions.
15-09-2021

Von der Leyen rides two horses on EU defence

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a pitch on Wednesday (15 September) for stronger European defence, saying the bloc needs to boost its own military capacity but fell short of setting out clear proposals, particularly on how this...

In Slovenia, lawmakers from across Europe debate EU’s common foreign and security policy

An inter-parliamentary conference on the EU's common foreign and security policy, organised on Thursday (9 September) as part of the Slovenian EU presidency in Ljubljana, heard calls for a united and active approach by the bloc to global challenges.
03-09-2021

EU sets five conditions for future ‘operational engagement’ with Taliban

EU member states on Friday (3 September) laid out their conditions for stepping up engagement with the Taliban, agreeing to establish a joint European–Kabul civilian presence.
02-09-2021

Post-Afghanistan, EU defence moves closer towards military coalitions

In the wake of the Afghanistan crisis, EU defence ministers on Thursday (2 September) discussed proposals for an initial entry force and the possibility to move towards ad-hoc military cooperation between interested EU member states. But not all of them...
02-09-2021

Slovenia’s defence minister: EU will learn its lessons from Afghanistan

In case the EU wishes to become a more reliable security provider and global actor, it needs to avoid past mistakes and develop credible military intervention forces that are able to project stability in our neighbourhood, Slovenia’s defence minister Matej...
30-08-2021

The Brief – Security awakening or another false dawn?

Following the recent security disaster in Afghanistan and the unfolding refugee crisis/migration dispute, another common EU defence idea has resurfaced. But will it actually become reality this time?
18-08-2021

Realpolitik: EU will have to talk to the Taliban, Borrell says

The EU will have to engage in talks with the Taliban to provide support to the Afghan people even if it does not recognise them as legitimate rulers of the country, EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Tuesday (17...
17-08-2021

Afghan leadership failed to stand up to Taliban, says NATO chief

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday (17 August) called on the Taliban to prevent Afghanistan from lapsing back into being a breeding ground for terrorism, and said the Western defence alliance has agreed to send additional evacuation planes to Kabul.
17-08-2021

Why Europe’s militaries should worry about climate change

As the planet heats up and extreme weather events become more devastating and frequent, Europe’s armed forces and their capabilities will increasingly be challenged as well, argues Lukas Trakimavičius.
Global Europe 05-08-2021

Biden picks Mark, son of ‘Zbig’ Brzezinski, to manage key NATO relationship

President Joe Biden picked Mark Brzezinski, a Democratic-aligned foreign policy official with ties to Poland, as his ambassador to the European country regarded as a key Western bulwark against Russia.
23-07-2021

France’s exit from the Sahel war offers Russia an opportunity to move in

Another Western army is leaving a fragile, landlocked region. But whereas the United States has pulled its troops out of one country, Afghanistan, France is walking away from five, argues Faisal Al Yafai
08-07-2021

NATO and its nuclear policy: In contradiction to its own security objectives

The existence of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons  - and its entry into force on 22 January 2021 - rang as an earthquake among states possessing or supporting a nuclear deterrence policy, write Jean-Marie Collin, Susi Snyder, and Tuva Widskjold.
01-07-2021

The Brief, powered by ESA – Black Sea sabre rattling

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (30 June) that Russia could have sunk a British warship that, according to Moscow, had illegally entered its territorial waters.
01-07-2021

EU touts ‘paradigm shift’ in defence as it inaugurates new fund

The European Commission has formally launched an €8 billion European Defence Fund (EDF), a new instrument designed to co-finance collaborative defence research and development projects across the bloc.
Global Europe 01-07-2021

Putin says Russia could have sunk UK warship without starting World War Three

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (30 June) that Russia could have sunk a British warship that it accused of illegally entering its territorial waters without starting World War Three and accused Washington of a role in the "provocation".
30-06-2021

Germany and UK pledge closer cooperation on foreign policy

German and UK foreign ministers on Wednesday (30 June) pledged to cooperate more closely on foreign and security policy issues, reaffirming their commitment to the “strategic unity of Europe”.
Global Europe 29-06-2021

Russia tests Crimean air defence systems as Ukraine, US hold Black Sea drills

Russia tested the readiness of its air defence systems in Crimea, the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as Ukraine and NATO countries held military drills in the Black Sea, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday (29 June).
Global Europe 15-06-2021

Biden assures he has the allies’ backing ahead of Putin meeting

On the eve of his bilateral meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden told NATO allies he would tell Moscow he was not looking for conflict with Russia, but that NATO would respond if Russia continued its...
15-06-2021

How the competition against China could improve NATO

Allowing the US to focus its military resources in the Pacific requires a division of labor within NATO that requires the Europeans to take responsibility for the defense of their continent, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
China 14-06-2021

No new ‘Cold War’ with China, NATO leaders urge

The leaders of the NATO countries are performing a delicate balancing act over China at the summit on Monday (14 June), in an effort to show firmness, but avoid language that would antagonise a such a huge world economic power.
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.