Defence and security

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.

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.
Politics 20-10-2017

Source: Malicious act suspected in Europe building poisoning

Investigations have been conducted in the Europa building in Brussels to make sure that no poisonous material was maliciously placed inside the ventilation system, a source told EURACTIV on Friday (20 October), after two incidents were reported there in the past week.
Data protection 20-10-2017

Facial recognition gains grounds in Europe, among big-brother fears

Facial recognition is gaining ground in Europe. But this technology, used to achieve common security objectives on the ground, raises questions about human rights. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 18-10-2017

Tusk proposes two-year EU reform blitz, new working methods at summits

EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday (17 October) proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.