Defence and security

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.
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.
Global Europe 17-09-2021

France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal

France accused US President Joe Biden on Thursday (16 September) of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a historic defence export contract to supply Australia with submarines.
16-09-2021

Germany, France warn Mali over Russian mercenary deal

Germany warned Mali on Wednesday (15 September) that a deal with Russian private security group Wagner would "call into question" its deployment in the West African country as part of United Nations and European Union missions.
15-09-2021

Von der Leyen rides two horses on EU defence

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a pitch on Wednesday (15 September) for stronger European defence, saying the bloc needs to boost its own military capacity but fell short of setting out clear proposals, particularly on how this...

In Slovenia, lawmakers from across Europe debate EU’s common foreign and security policy

An inter-parliamentary conference on the EU's common foreign and security policy, organised on Thursday (9 September) as part of the Slovenian EU presidency in Ljubljana, heard calls for a united and active approach by the bloc to global challenges.
03-09-2021

EU sets five conditions for future ‘operational engagement’ with Taliban

EU member states on Friday (3 September) laid out their conditions for stepping up engagement with the Taliban, agreeing to establish a joint European–Kabul civilian presence.
02-09-2021

Post-Afghanistan, EU defence moves closer towards military coalitions

In the wake of the Afghanistan crisis, EU defence ministers on Thursday (2 September) discussed proposals for an initial entry force and the possibility to move towards ad-hoc military cooperation between interested EU member states. But not all of them...
18-08-2021

Realpolitik: EU will have to talk to the Taliban, Borrell says

The EU will have to engage in talks with the Taliban to provide support to the Afghan people even if it does not recognise them as legitimate rulers of the country, EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Tuesday (17...
17-08-2021

Afghan leadership failed to stand up to Taliban, says NATO chief

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday (17 August) called on the Taliban to prevent Afghanistan from lapsing back into being a breeding ground for terrorism, and said the Western defence alliance has agreed to send additional evacuation planes to Kabul.
Global Europe 05-08-2021

Biden picks Mark, son of ‘Zbig’ Brzezinski, to manage key NATO relationship

President Joe Biden picked Mark Brzezinski, a Democratic-aligned foreign policy official with ties to Poland, as his ambassador to the European country regarded as a key Western bulwark against Russia.
01-07-2021

EU touts ‘paradigm shift’ in defence as it inaugurates new fund

The European Commission has formally launched an €8 billion European Defence Fund (EDF), a new instrument designed to co-finance collaborative defence research and development projects across the bloc.
Global Europe 01-07-2021

Putin says Russia could have sunk UK warship without starting World War Three

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (30 June) that Russia could have sunk a British warship that it accused of illegally entering its territorial waters without starting World War Three and accused Washington of a role in the "provocation".
30-06-2021

Germany and UK pledge closer cooperation on foreign policy

German and UK foreign ministers on Wednesday (30 June) pledged to cooperate more closely on foreign and security policy issues, reaffirming their commitment to the “strategic unity of Europe”.
Global Europe 29-06-2021

Russia tests Crimean air defence systems as Ukraine, US hold Black Sea drills

Russia tested the readiness of its air defence systems in Crimea, the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as Ukraine and NATO countries held military drills in the Black Sea, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday (29 June).
Global Europe 15-06-2021

Biden assures he has the allies’ backing ahead of Putin meeting

On the eve of his bilateral meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden told NATO allies he would tell Moscow he was not looking for conflict with Russia, but that NATO would respond if Russia continued its...