Defence and security

24-01-2020

Doomsday Clock: 100 seconds until the end of the world

Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists annually adjusts its symbolic Doomsday Clock, which indicates how close humanity and the planet are to complete disaster. This year, we're closer than ever, the scientists announced on Thursday (23 January).
22-01-2020

Budget battle hampers EU in space

With the continuous militarisation of space, EU policymakers have started dropping their opposition to plans linking Europe's civilian space assets with defence elements. But as the political tide is slowly turning, cuts proposed in the EU’s draft budget threaten the new ambition.
Arab Spring 21-01-2020

After Berlin, the EU needs to translate commitments on Libya into actions

Following a positive Libya peace summit in Berlin, the EU needs to back up commitments with actions, although the path ahead remains fraught with difficulty,  writes Tom Garofalo.
20-01-2020

Iran says it may pull out of nuclear treaty over Europe dispute

Iran said Monday (20 January) it will consider withdrawing from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) if a dispute over its atomic programme goes before the UN Security Council.
17-01-2020

Belgium debates phase-out of US nuclear weapons on its soil

It's one of Belgium's worst kept secrets. Lawmakers on Thursday (16 January) narrowly rejected a resolution asking for the removal of US nuclear weapons stationed in the country and joining the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
15-01-2020

French forces face military trap in Sahel region

Operation Barkhane was supposed to be France’s contribution to ridding jihadists from the Sahel region, one of its main spheres of influence in Africa. But instead, President Emmanuel Macron is increasingly isolated – both in Africa and in Europe.
14-01-2020

EU powers to trigger Iran nuclear deal dispute mechanism

Britain, France and Germany will trigger the dispute resolution mechanism in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, two European diplomats said on Tuesday (14 January), the biggest step the Europeans have taken in response as Tehran has backed off nuclear commitments.
10-01-2020

Von der Leyen fails to convince that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’

New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was put on the spot during her visit to Zagreb on Friday (10 January). Asked how she would prove that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’, given the EU's weak response to growing challenges in the region, von der Leyen failed to provide convincing answers.
Global Europe 09-01-2020

Germany warns of ‘second Syria’ as EU hosts Libya PM

EU leaders met the head of Libya's UN-recognised government Wednesday (8 January) as they scramble to contain the escalating crisis there, with Germany warning the country could deteriorate into a "second Syria".
08-01-2020

Iran ready to ‘stand down’ says Trump, urges greater NATO involvement in Middle East

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (8 January) that Iran appeared ready to 'stand down' from further conflict with the US, stating that Iranian missile strikes on bases in Iraq had not harmed any US troops stationed there.
08-01-2020

Iran missile attacks target US forces in Iraq; Trump says ‘All is well!’

Iran launched a missile attack on US-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the US drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East.
Arab Spring 27-12-2019

Moscow fumes at Ankara over meddling in Libyan crisis

Russia has condemned Turkey’s intention to send troops to Libya to support Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of the UN-backed Government of National Accord of Libya against the head of the Libyan National Army, General Khalifa Haftar.
Global Europe 26-12-2019

Wind of change in Europe’s defence policy

As Europe struggles with financial and political obstacles besetting its joint defence policy efforts, and NATO faces internal rifts and an increasingly assertive Russia and China, here are six issues to watch in Europe's security and defence in 2020.
25-12-2019

Turkish parliament readying bill to allow sending troops to Libya

Turkey may need to draft a bill to allow for troop deployment to Libya and its parliament is working on the issue, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Tuesday (24 Decembrer), after Ankara signed a military cooperation agreement with Tripoli last month.
20-12-2019

French warship to spearhead European mission in Gulf from next year

A European operation to ensure safe shipping in the Gulf region, scene of attacks on merchant vessels this year, will get underway next month when a French warship starts patrolling there, a French armed forces spokeswoman said on Thursday (19 December).
Global Europe 18-12-2019

Europeans alarmed as US mulls pull-out of yet another arms control treaty

Washington's threat to leave the Open Skies Treaty, a pact allowing countries to conduct surveillance flights over each other’s territory, has left Europeans concerned that yet another landmark arms control accord might suffer the same fate as the Intermediate-Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
18-12-2019

After years of delays, NATO receives US-made spy drones

NATO will receive its second US-made Global Hawk drone on Thursday (19 December) and aims to have all five unmanned aircraft of its $1.5 billion surveillance system operational in 2022, alliance officials said on Tuesday.
17-12-2019

Pentagon chief seeks clarification following Erdogan’s nuclear base comments

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday (16 December) that he needed to speak with his Turkish counterpart to understand how serious President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was when he said he could shut down the Incirlik air base, which hosts US nuclear warheads.
13-12-2019

US tests nuclear-capable ground-launched ballistic missile after INF treaty exit

The Pentagon on Thursday (12 December) tested a conventionally configured ground-launched ballistic missile, a test that would have been prohibited under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
12-12-2019

Athens says Turkey ‘blackmailed’ Libya to sign MoU by sending weapons

Turkey blackmailed Libya to agree to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) demarcating maritime zones in the region by sending weapons to the country, Greek media quote a high-ranking diplomat as saying.
12-12-2019

US Senate committee approves Turkey sanctions bill

A US Senate committee backed legislation on Wednesday (11 December) to impose sanctions on Turkey after its offensive in Syria and purchase of a Russian S-400 missile system, seeking to push President Trump to take a harder line against Ankara.
11-12-2019

Greece seeks EU’s diplomatic shield against Turkey at Council

Athens will ask its EU partners to mount pressure on Turkey at the EU Council on 12-13 December, in an effort to be granted a diplomatic shield from Ankara’s growing aggressiveness in the region.
Global Europe 11-12-2019

Faced with defence budget threats, EU eyes new money sources

The ongoing EU budget negotiations have revealed the intention to enforce substantial cuts in Europe's external action agenda. This could represent another drawback for the bloc's defence ambitions and will be discussed by EU leaders at a summit on 12-13 December.
11-12-2019

Turkey warns it could kick out US from Incirlik nuclear base

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Wednesday (11 December) that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible US sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

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