Defence and security

EU defence ministers welcome bloc’s military blueprint but hesitations remain

17-11-2021

EU defence ministers welcomed on Tuesday (16 November) the first blueprint of what the bloc's future military strategy could look like, marking only the very start of the debate. Some member states, however, already signalled amendments are to come in the next steps of the process.

Global Europe 24-11-2021

Moscow says US rehearsed nuclear strike against Russia this month

Russia's defence minister on Tuesday (23 November) accused US bombers of rehearsing a nuclear strike on Russia from two different directions earlier this month and complained that the planes had come within 20 km (12.4 miles) of the Russian border.
22-11-2021

A Helsinki spirit? The EU should pay attention to Finland’s initiative

The European Union has multiple reasons for embracing the Helsinki Spirit initiative as it would complement the ongoing internal EU-level reflection processes on the bloc's future and strengthen its ability to implement its multilateralism strategy, write Niklas Nováky and Henri Vanhanen.
19-11-2021

Greece fumes over new Spain-Turkey armament deal

The Greek government reacted strongly after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez agreed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to enhance their countries’ collaboration in the defence industry.
Global Europe 19-11-2021

Putin says West taking Russia’s ‘red lines’ too lightly

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (18 November) that the West was taking Russia's warnings not to cross its "red lines" too lightly and that Moscow needed serious security guarantees from the West.
15-11-2021

Poland, Lithuania and Latvia consider triggering NATO’s Article 4

Poland is in talks with Lithuania and Latvia on whether to ask for consultations under NATO’s Article 4 to discuss the crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday (14 November). NATO should take “concrete...
10-11-2021

Europe has to become a security provider, says EU’s Borrell

European citizens want to be protected by the European Union, which is why it must become a security provider, EU chief diplomat Joseph Borrell told several European media outlets in an interview.
10-11-2021

LEAK: What the EU’s future military strategy could look like

The blueprint of the so-called Strategic Compass, the European Union’s upcoming military strategy document, seen by EURACTIV, will be formally submitted to EU foreign ministers next Monday (15 November).
Global Europe 04-11-2021

Putin says Russian navy to get hypersonic Zircon missiles in 2022

Tests of Russia's Zircon hypersonic cruise missile are nearing completion and deliveries to the navy will begin in 2022, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (3 November).
Global Europe 28-10-2021

Top US general confirms ‘very concerning’ Chinese hypersonic weapons test

The top US military officer, General Mark Milley, has provided the first official US confirmation of a Chinese hypersonic weapons test that military experts say appears to show Beijing's pursuit of an Earth-orbiting system designed to evade American missile defenses.
28-10-2021

Time to make the leap with European crisis response units

Over the past few months, corridor gossip has spread about an alleged Commission proposal for a 5,000 unit-strong EU “initial entry force”. Political will is both the main trigger and obstacle in the process, write Francesca Romana D'Antuono, Reinier van Lanschot, and Emile Fabre.
22-10-2021

NATO calls on EU to expand joint cooperation but avoid doubling structures

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on the EU on Friday (22 October) to cooperate more closely with the military alliance after the latest EU defence efforts in recent months raised concerns of a parallel structure that might be competing with NATO. 
21-10-2021

NATO to focus on hybrid warfare, how to deter Russia

NATO defence ministers are set to adopt a number of strategy papers and agree on a new master plan on Thursday (21 October) on how to defend against any potential Russian hybrid attack, diplomats and officials said.
18-10-2021

Russia suspends mission to NATO, shuts liaison office in Moscow in tit-for-tat amid spy row

Russia said on Monday (18 October) it would halt the activities of NATO's diplomatic mission in Moscow after the alliance expelled eight Russians in a row over spying earlier this month.
18-10-2021

French defence ministry says exclusive economic zones not part of Greece-France deal

A military agreement recently signed between Greece and France provides for a mutual defence clause which includes the territories of the two countries, but not exclusive economic zones (EEZs), the French ministry of defence told EURACTIV France.
15-10-2021

US, Greece expand defense ties amid Mediterranean tensions

Greece on Thursday (14 October) expanded a defense agreement with the United States days after ratifying a separate deal with France in a tacit signal to Turkey following high tensions.
06-10-2021

EU leaders caught in either-or argument over European defence strategy

Amid disunity over the way forward on European defence, EU leaders discussed on Tuesday night (5 October) whether the bloc should enhance its capacity to act independently while strengthening its partnership with NATO.
05-10-2021

MEPs stress need for strategic autonomy amid debate on EU-US relations

Ahead of voting on a report on the future of the EU-US relations in the European Parliament on Wednesday (October 6),  lawmakers discussed EU strategic autonomy and asserted the need for the bloc to keep its American ally close.
04-10-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE — French frigates to fight German submarines in the Aegean?

The EU is quick to call for de-escalation in case of conflicts, it is ambitious about setting itself targets such as “strategic autonomy”, and it succeeds to make its voice heard in the world.
Global Europe 01-10-2021

US and Russia say they held ‘substantive’ arms control talks in Geneva

The United States and Russia said in a joint statement that they had held "intensive and substantive" talks in their second meeting within a framework that is aimed at easing tensions between the world's largest nuclear weapons powers.

Slovenia hosts EU non-proliferation and disarmament directors

Slovenia hosted on Wednesday (29 September) an informal meeting of EU non-proliferation and disarmament directors as part of the country's EU Council presidency, the Foreign Ministry said.
23-09-2021

Women in peace and security: ‘What can we do better?’

It has been nearly 21 years since the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. However, key female changemakers from the EU, UN, and NATO say there are still years of work to be done before achieving equal representation.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

EU’s Breton: AUKUS sub snub fuels ‘growing feeling of broken relationship’

As EU diplomats discuss whether to cancel or postpone an upcoming EU-US summit meant to focus on technology and trade over the AUKUS deal, French officials insist this is not about a lost bilateral arms contract, but about a 'broken' relationship between allies.
21-09-2021

Factbox: An intensifying arms race in Asia

Analysts warn that Asia may be sliding into an accelerating arms race as countries react to China's military growth. Here is a list of defence systems several Asian countries are looking to acquire.
17-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA – A China war by the backdoor

As diplomatic snubs go, the announcement by the United States, Britain, and Australia that they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific which would also help Australia acquire US nuclear-powered submarines - scrapping a $40 billion French-designed submarine deal in the process - is hard to beat.