Defence and security

09-07-2020

Arms control tit-for-tat continues as treaty deadlines loom

The world's only remaining nuclear arms control treaty is set to expire in less than a year unless Russia and the US agree to roll it over. While Washington has repeatedly called on China to take part in negotiations to extend it, the overall tone between the three nuclear powers is becoming rough.
09-07-2020

Germany wants EU ‘hospital trains’ as new military project

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need to re-evaluate military threat perceptions across the EU, German defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Wednesday (8 July) while presenting the German EU Council Presidency priorities in security in defence for the next six months.
Global Europe 09-07-2020

US to start Cyprus military training, defying Turkey

The US said Wednesday (8 July) it plans to conduct military training with Cyprus for the first time, defying NATO ally Turkey, which warned of destabilization.
07-07-2020

Germany spent over $1 billion to cover costs linked to US troops presence

Germany has spent more than $1 billion over the past decade to cover the costs related to the stationing of US troops on its territory, according to figures by the German finance ministry, which a key government official called "anything but too high", citing related economic benefits.
01-07-2020

Turkish envoy says France suspending role in NATO naval mission

Turkey's ambassador to France on Wednesday (1 July) said that Paris had informed NATO it was suspending its involvement in a naval operation in the Mediterranean after a probe into an incident between French and Turkish warships did not back Paris' claims.
Global Europe 29-06-2020

‘Sovereignty and solidarity’: Germany’s plans for the EU’s foreign policy

Solidarity and sovereignty is the name of the game for the German presidency, according to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). In a speech on Monday, he emphasised the need for greater EU independence from the current geopolitical power struggle between the US and China.
Outer space 29-06-2020

EU to speed up space ambitions, Breton says

The European Union will plough more money into rocket launches, satellite communication and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, its space chief said on Sunday (28 June).
23-06-2020

US, Russia to resume ‘productive’ nuclear disarmament talks later this summer

Russia and the US hope to meet for a second round of nuclear disarmament talks as soon as possible, perhaps already in late July or early August, a US special envoy said after the first negotiating round on the future of the world’s two largest nuclear powers concluded in Vienna on Monday (22 June).
Global Europe 23-06-2020

Russia and Europe trade barbs over WWII narratives

The Kremlin has become entrenched in a war of words with Europe over the legacy of World War II, as both sides accuse each other of cynically rewriting history for political gain.
Politics 23-06-2020

Poland’s president visits US to get election boost

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Global Europe 23-06-2020

Democrats say US withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty may be illegal

Senior US Senate Democrats on Monday (22 June) accused President Donald Trump’s administration of violating the law when it declared his intention last month to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty.
18-06-2020

NATO opens probe into France-Turkey naval incident in Mediterranean

NATO is investigating an incident in the Eastern Mediterranean in which France says Turkish frigates were "extremely aggressive" towards a French navy vessel participating in a NATO mission in the Mediterranean, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday (18 June).
11-06-2020

Germany receives formal notice on US troop withdrawal plans

Washington is planning to withdraw troops from Germany because Americans taxpayers are against "paying too much" for other countries' security, the outgoing US ambassador to Germany told Bild newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday (10 June), confirming earlier media reports.
10-06-2020

Civil unrest has doubled, and COVID-19 could make things worse

Civil unrest has doubled in the past decade as citizens protest against issues ranging from economic hardship and police brutality to political instability, according to this year’s Global Peace Index. The COVID-19 pandemic could make things worse. “The economic downturn...
10-06-2020

US, Russia agree to resume nuclear arms talks in June, China invited to join

A US-Russian preliminary agreement to resume nuclear arms talks could become a historic opportunity for a safer world - but many question marks remain.
09-06-2020

No reaction needed until US troop withdrawal confirmed – German defence minister 

Germany's defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) insisted on Tuesday (9 June) that the government cannot speculate on the reported withdrawal of US troops from the country, as it has so far only seen the news report and has not been officially notified.
09-06-2020

EU lawmakers call on Commission to preserve budget funding for military mobility

A cross-party group of 45 MEPs called on European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell and Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Tuesday (9 June) to maintain the bloc's ambition on military mobility in the next seven-year budget.
08-06-2020

China ‘not an enemy’, but NATO must face growing role, NATO chief says

NATO must work more closely with like-minded countries like Australia or Japan to preserve global rules and institutions, taking into account new security threats that are shifting the global balance of power, the alliance's secretary-general said on Monday (8 June) while kick-starting the reflection process on the military alliance's future.
08-06-2020

Warsaw hopes to host some of the US troops withdrawn from Germany

Washington’s announcement to reduce the contingent of US troops in Germany drew criticism from the host country and took NATO allies by surprise. At the same time, Poland has been quick to offer to host some of these forces. On...
Aerospace 08-06-2020

France to unveil aerospace crisis plan worth up to €10bn

A French emergency plan for the aerospace industry to be unveiled this week could be worth up to €10 billion, including an expected €1 billion investment fund, business newspaper Les Echos reported on Sunday (7 June).
03-06-2020

Has COVID-19 increased the threat of bioterrorism in Europe?

As the global struggle to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerability of global societies to biological threats, both natural and manmade, experts have warned of a potential increase in the use of biological weapons, like viruses or bacteria, in a post-coronavirus world.
03-06-2020

Russia revamps its nuclear policy amid simmering tensions with NATO

President Vladimir Putin approved a strategic document on the fundamentals of Russia’s nuclear deterrence policy on Tuesday (2 June), naming the creation and deployment of anti-missile and strike weapons in space as one of the main military threats to Russia....
28-05-2020

US military says Russia flew 14 MiG 29s and Su-24s to Libya

Russian military personnel flew MiG 29 and SU-24 fighter planes to a Libyan airbase escorted by other Russian fighter jets, the US military said on Wednesday (27 May), detailing a deployment of air power that could have a big impact on Libya’s war.
27-05-2020

Defence and security win battle but not war, in EU budget plans

While the new EU budget proposal charts an improvement from the European Commission’s previously planned outlay for the bloc’s defence initiatives, it still remains far from original ambitions. On Wednesday (27 May), the European Commission increased the total financial firepower...
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