Defence and security

EU defence gets €20 billion budget boost

03-05-2018

The EU on Wednesday (2 May) announced plans to spend nearly 20 billion euros on defence over its next long-term budget, as the bloc seeks to boost its resilience to the perceived threat from Russia.

Africa 23-05-2018

EU increases collaboration with authoritarian regimes to tackle migration

Europe’s struggle with migrants has led to an increase in funding for border control to authoritarian regimes such as Chad, Niger, Belarus, Libya and Sudan. EURACTIV.fr reports.
15-05-2018

Why Europe needs to support the US-Russia INF Treaty

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by the US and the Soviet Union over 30 years ago is on the verge of collapse and this poses an immediate threat to European security. European heads of states need to play a role to salvage the Treaty even if they are not formally involved in it, writes Lukas Trakimavičius.
14-05-2018

British spymaster pleads for EU intelligence cooperation

Britain and the European Union must build a close security partnership after Brexit to foil Islamic State militant attacks and counter Russia's malign attempts to subvert Western democracies, the head of Britain's domestic spy agency said.
Global Europe 08-05-2018

Trump to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal, European allies on edge

US President Donald Trump will announce today (8 May) whether he will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal or stay in and work with European allies who say it has successfully halted Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
07-05-2018

EU post-Brexit defences starting to take shape

A broad European military strategy involving Britain after Brexit has started to take shape with France at its centre, often in negotiations far from the Brussels spotlight and, in one top-level EU meeting, without the UK defence minister.
Global Europe 04-05-2018

Europeans push last bid to salvage Iran deal, but work on plan B

European powers still want to hand Donald Trump next week a plan to save the Iran nuclear deal, but they have also started work on protecting EU-Iranian business ties if the US president makes good on a threat to withdraw.
02-05-2018

Mattis applauds Macedonia effort to solve name dispute

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday (1 May) praised Macedonia's efforts to resolve a decades-old name dispute with Greece, and said he hoped the Balkan country will be able to join NATO.
30-04-2018

Spain’s navy wants big role in post-Brexit European defence

With naval power Britain at the EU's exit door, Spain has gone on the offensive to be the next major player defending European shores.
26-04-2018

Airbus, Dassault to team up for new fighter jet project

Airbus and Dassault Aviation have signed an initial agreement to cooperate on Europe's Future Air Combat System (FCAS) even though the two are rivals and have not yet said which one of them would lead the project.
Development Policy 25-04-2018

Getting serious in the Sahel

Combating Islamic terrorism in the Sahel region has united Europe and the wider international community. Most attention has been focused on the G5 Sahel joint military operation which has been tasked with combating jihadist groups in the region.
25-04-2018

Germany, France agree main needs of new joint fighter programme

Germany and France have agreed on the central requirements for a new fighter jet to replace Eurofighter Typhoon and Rafale warplanes beginning in 2040, German military sources said.
24-04-2018

Strikes in Syria: first and foremost a political manoeuvre

The joint strikes in Syria launched by France, the UK and the US seem to have a symbolic rather than military purpose, writes Nicolas Gros-Verheyde.
21-04-2018

EU welcomes North Korean move on nuclear tests, urges denuclearisation

The European Union's foreign affairs chief said on Saturday (21 April) that North Korea's announcement to stop nuclear tests was a positive step and called for an "irreversible denuclearisation" of the Asian country.
20-04-2018

Lavrov: After the Western attack, nothing stops us from sending S-300 to Syria

US military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today (20 April) , according to RIA state news agency.
Azerbaijan 19-04-2018

Top Russian, NATO generals choose Baku for talks on preventing military incidents

Azerbaijan's capital Baku will host a rare meeting between top generals from Russia and NATO, who will focus on preventing military incidents “caused by a possible misinterpretation of the actions of Russia and NATO", according to the Russian television RT.
Brexit 19-04-2018

A Pandora’s Box of headwinds for the UK’s global ambitions after Brexit

Despite the bombing of chemical weapon sites in Syria, along with France and the US, and the recent show of support from Western allies in the Skripal affair, Britain’s international clout will inexorably erode after Brexit, writes Pierre-Alain Coffinier.
18-04-2018

Ukraine ambassador: Tsarist and KGB mentality don’t change with time

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the EU, Mykola Tochytskyi, explains in an interview with EURACTIV why Kyiv is against the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline. He also talks about Ukraine's relations with Brussels and its complicated ties with Moscow.
17-04-2018

May defends British strikes in Syria against parliament critics

British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing a rowdy session of parliament on Monday (16 April), defended her decision to join US-led missile strikes against Syria without first seeking parliament's authorisation.
16-04-2018

Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday (15 April) that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
Global Europe 16-04-2018

The European budget talks: Financial threat to a global Europe

Although talks on the EU's next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) might appear dull on the surface, we should force ourselves to take notice of them and emphasise the long-term importance of the external tranche of the budget, writes Susi Dennison.
13-04-2018

Syrian crisis adds pressure to break Council unanimity in foreign affairs

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas agreed on Friday to use the already available options to circumvent the required EU member states' unanimity when it comes to addressing foreign challenges including the Syrian war.
Global Europe 13-04-2018

Russia UN envoy ‘cannot exclude’ war between Russia, US

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia urged the United States and its allies on Thursday (12 April) to refrain from military action against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack but said he “cannot exclude” war between Washington and Moscow.
Digital 12-04-2018

The Brief – The wording war against ‘killer robots’

Killer robots may not speak Spanish as well as Terminator. But they could be as destructive as that famous killing machine with an Austrian accent in the not too distant future.
Global Europe 12-04-2018

EU institutions silent as world gets dangerously close to global conflict over Syria

The leaders of the EU institutions remained silent on Wednesday (11 April) while the world got dangerously close to a global conflict over Syria, with two member states, Britain and France, getting ready to go to war.

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