Defence and security


Bulgarian PM not sure Moscow was behind Salisbury attack

Bulgaria’s Premier Minister Boyko Borissov is not sure that Russia was behind the Salisbury poisoning case and insisted that it’s more important to identify the “sponsors” of the attack.

Rasmussen: EU summit should send Putin a clear message

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the EU should show solidarity with the UK not only with words, but also with increased sanctions.
Politics 19-03-2018

Chemical weapons experts head to Britain in Russia spy case

International chemical weapons experts were due to arrive in Britain today (19 March) to collect samples of a nerve agent used to poison a former Russian spy as London accused Moscow of stockpiling the toxin used in the attack.

Two years after the Brussels attacks, the terrorist threat remains very real

Returning foreign fighters, along with home-grown radicals, are heightening concerns that further attacks could be afoot. Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek and Amanda Paul argue there is room to beef-up security measures without creating a “police state” and maintaining respect for individual rights and liberties.

Terrorist threat still looms over Europe, Europol expert warns

The threat of terrorism “has not diminished and still persists” in Europe, despite the loss of Islamic State territories in Syria and Iraq, according to the head of Europol’s Counter Terrorism Centre, Manuel Navarrete. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.

European arms exports on the rise

France, Germany and Spain are among the world’s leading arms exporters. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.

Russia warns of reprisals if UK acts over spy attack

Russia warned Britain yesterday (13 March) to expect reprisals if it announces sanctions over the poisoning of a former double agent, as the US and other allies joined London in demanding answers on how a Soviet-designed nerve agent was used in the attack.

Trump says North Korea’s Kim promises to give up nuclear weapons, plans first-ever meeting

US President Donald Trump said he was prepared to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between the two countries’ leaders and potentially mark a major breakthrough in nuclear tensions with Pyongyang. Kim...

EU defence ministers hold ‘historic’ first meeting in PESCO format

EU defence ministers yesterday (6 March) held their first meeting in the 'PESCO format'. This means that, although ministers from all EU member states were present, only those participating in the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) pact were involved in adopting legal acts.

Baltic ministers prepare US summit for ‘sending message to Putin’

Foreign ministers from the Baltic states, three exposed allies on NATO's eastern flank, visited Washington on Monday (5 March) to urge Western leaders not to respond naively to Russian threats.
Central Asia 22-01-2018

Guterres highlights cooperation potential of Central Asia with Afghanistan

UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted on Friday (21 January) the potential of the five countries of Central Asia for addressing the threats of violent extremism and transnational organised crime in Afghanistan. For its part, Kazakhstan has suggested building an economic and security partnership with Afghanistan.
Politics 15-12-2017

French anti-terrorism law normalises state of emergency

France’s constitutional council will be led in the coming months to decide on the constitutionality of the anti-terrorism law. The text, which extends certain measures of the state of emergency, worries jurists and defenders of human rights. EURACTIV France reports.