Defence and security

Poland requests permanent US base, suggests naming it ‘Fort Trump’

19-09-2018

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday (18 September) the United States is considering a request from Poland for a permanent US military presence in the fellow NATO country, acknowledging that he shares Poland's concerns about possible Russian aggression.

Greek minister optimistic Macedonia name deal will be approved

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Thursday (20 September) hailed an agreement with Macedonia on changing its name and opening the way for it to join NATO and the European Union.
19-09-2018

EU’s finance for African security missions has ‘poor effect’, say auditors

The EU’s financial support for African peace and security policies “has had a poor effect and needs refocusing,” the European Court of Auditors said in a report published on Tuesday (18 September).
13-09-2018

European NATO jets showcase unified Russian deterrence

British, French and German fighter jets simulated flight interceptions over Western Europe on Wednesday (12 September)  as part of NATO drills to deter Russian planes from entering allied airspace and to showcase European efforts to integrate their air defences.
Enlargement 12-09-2018

US defense chief to visit Macedonia, concerned about Russian ‘mischief’

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday (11 September) he would visit Macedonia before the 30 September referendum on changing the country's name, also expressing concern about suspected Russian interference in the vote, which Moscow denies.
11-09-2018

Russia starts biggest manoeuvres ever, seen by NATO as rehearsal for ‘large-scale conflict’

Russia launches the largest military manoeuvers in its history on Wednesday (12 September), with the participation of nearly 300,000 military from all kinds of armed forces plus Chinese soldiers, disregarding NATO's criticism that it is a rehearsal for a "large-scale conflict."
10-09-2018

Autonomous weapons, AI are future of defence but require ethical debate, says expert

Should a computer be allowed to take decisions over life and death? As artificial intelligence is playing an increasing role, many issues still need to be discussed in parliament and by the general public, Ulrike Franke told EURACTIV about the ongoing autonomous weapons debate and the future of warfare.
07-09-2018

France says it must use fewer US parts in its weapons systems

France must cut its dependence on US components in its weapons systems to minimise Washington's ability to block its arms exports, its defence minister said on Thursday (6 September).

Mogherini: Need to avoid that world collapses completely

The EU needs to brace itself for difficult times and step up its presence on the world stage to "avoid that the world collapses completely", the bloc’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told a conference in Brussels on Monday (3 September).
30-08-2018

Macron proposes EU collective defence plan

French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that Europe adopts a form of collective defence on Thursday (30 August) as he strengthens calls for EU integration in the face of concerns over the United States' security commitments.
30-08-2018

Belgium and Germany take over Baltic Air Policing

From September, German and Belgian military aircraft will take over responsibility for patrolling Baltic skies as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, at a time of growing concerns over security in Eastern Europe.
Politics 30-08-2018

Europe should counter Iran’s cyber espionage, infiltration, terrorism

The more discord persists in the West over the means of responding to Iranian covert operations, the more impact these operations will have, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
29-08-2018

Denmark wants to cooperate ‘as much as possible’ on European defence

Denmark will take part as much as possible in European defence cooperation outside NATO, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said after meeting France's president on Tuesday (28 August).
28-08-2018

EU security must no longer depend on US, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday (27 August) called for Europe to stop relying on the United States for its military defence as he pushed for fresh EU integration in the face of rising nationalism around the continent.
27-08-2018

Germany ready to ‘take more responsibility’ in European defence policy, says Merkel 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that she supports the idea of a European security council as well as the project of European intervention troops, a notion also favoured by France. 
21-08-2018

Britain urges US, Europe to ‘go further’ in countering Russia

New British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday (21 August) will urge the United States and European countries to do more to call out Russia's "malign behavior" and keep Vladimir Putin in check, notably by implementing tough sanctions.
17-08-2018

Munich Security Conference chief: ‘Germany only wants to do things without getting wet’

The head of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, spoke to EURACTIV Germany’s media partner “Der Tagesspiegel” about US President Donald Trump, the German free-rider mentality and Europe's lack of pride and self-respect.
Global Europe 06-08-2018

Mogherini’s Asia trip set to deepen EU security role

During a roundtrip of Asia this week, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will seek support to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, as well as exploring security cooperation in order to expand engagement and up the EU's role in global security, writes Fraser Cameron.
Central Asia 01-08-2018

Tajikistan attack reminds of Islamist terror threat in Central Asia

Islamic State sought to bolster its claim of responsibility for an attack which killed four Western tourists in Tajikistan, releasing a video on Tuesday (31 August) purportedly showing attackers pledging allegiance to the militant group.
01-08-2018

EU asks Mali for details of key presidential vote

The European Union on Tuesday (31 July) pressured Mali to present a "complete and detailed list" of polling stations where a key presidential election could not be held due to violence.
Africa 01-08-2018

Central Africa rebels rearm after military gets Russia weapons

Russia's supply of weapons to the Central African Republic's military has sparked an arms race, with rebels turning to traffickers in Sudan for fresh gun shipments, according to a UN panel of experts.
30-07-2018

UK loses EU anti-piracy missions to France and Spain

The headquarters of the EU’s anti-piracy missions off the coast of Somalia will be moved from the UK to France and Spain next year as the latest consequence of Brexit.
25-07-2018

Arms exports: Germany, the armoury of the world?

The opinion that German arms exports are to blame that the world is unstable is widespread. Expert now have cross-checked numbers and causalities. EURACTIV Germany's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.
25-07-2018

Bulgaria issues request for proposals for new or used fighter jets

Bulgaria has sent a request for proposals (RFP) for 16 new or used fighter jets to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s to seven countries, the defence ministry told Reuters today (25 July).
18-07-2018

Belgium offered sweetener to pick up Eurofighter

Belgium is being offered a possible role in future European combat jet developments if it picks the Eurofighter Typhoon over the US-built F-35, in a fierce contest to rearm the country's air force, a senior official with Britain's BAE Systems said.

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