Defence and security

17-02-2020

Munich Security Conference – Day #3

As high-ranking security leaders gather in Bavaria for the annual Munich Security Conference this weekend, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy. Here’s Day 3 in a nutshell.
16-02-2020

Munich Security Conference – Day #2

As high-ranking security leaders gather in Bavaria for the annual Munich Security Conference this weekend, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy. Here’s Day 2 in a nutshell. /// US:...
Digital 15-02-2020

Facebook’s Zuckerberg backs regulation of harmful online content

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday (15 February) said harmful online content should be regulated, adding that his company should be subject to a regulatory framework that is different from those used for existing media and telecoms companies.
Future EU 15-02-2020

In Munich, Macron presents EU reform as answer to ‘weakening West’

French President Emmanuel Macron bemoaned a "weakening of the West" on Saturday (15 February) and called for more German involvement, while the US Secretary of State attempted to assuage European anxiety about declining transatlantic relation.
15-02-2020

Munich Security Conference – Day #1

As high-ranking security leaders gather in Bavaria for the annual Munich Security Conference this weekend, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy. Here's Day 1 in a nutshell.
14-02-2020

Steinmeier in Munich: US, China, Russia undermine global order, trust

Germany's President Frank Walter Steinmeier accused Washington, Beijing and Moscow on Friday (14 February) of jeopardising the international order by stoking global mistrust and insecurity with a "great powers competition".
14-02-2020

Berlin wants to open Franco-German arms projects for European partners

Germany's defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Thursday (13 February) she is willing to open the current Franco-German arms projects to other European partners.
13-02-2020

Berlin to limit sensitive military tenders to German firms

Angela Merkel’s government said on Wednesday (12 February) it would restrict tenders for the procurement of sensitive weapon systems to German companies, a protectionist measure by a chancellor who has come out strongly against such barriers.
13-02-2020

What to expect as world leaders meet in Munich for ‘Davos of global security’

High-ranking security leaders descend on Bavaria this weekend for the Munich Security Conference, often dubbed the 'Davos of global security, as flashpoints across the world multiply and the rift between Europe and Washington widens. Here are a couple of issues to watch.
12-02-2020

North Macedonia ratifies NATO accession protocol, but still waiting for Spain

North Macedonia's parliament unanimously ratified NATO's accession protocol on Tuesday (11 February),  taking Skopje a step closer to becoming the military alliance's 30th member in the coming weeks.
11-02-2020

NATO willing to expand Iraqi training mission to meet Trump demand

NATO is considering an increase to its training mission in Iraq to relieve the burden on the US-led coalition against Islamic State, senior officials and diplomats said on Tuesday (11 February).
10-02-2020

Confidence in NATO sharply declined in France, Germany, US, says study

NATO's public image in the US and France worsened sharply after US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron questioned the value of the Western alliance, according to a new Pew Research Center study published on Monday (10 February).
07-02-2020

In post-Brexit push, Macron calls for European nuclear arms control agenda

Europeans should propose together "an international agenda of arms control" at a time when the existing treaties are questioned by other world powers and the nuclear arms race could resume, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday as he laid out France's much-awaited post-Brexit nuclear weapons strategy.
06-02-2020

Russia says alarmed by US deployment of low-yield nuclear missiles

Russia is alarmed by the US Navy’s decision to deploy low-yield nuclear missiles on submarines since they heighten the risk of a limited nuclear war, a Russian official said on Wednesday (5 February).
Global Europe 04-02-2020

EU condemns US lifting of landmine ban

The EU on Tuesday (4 February) strongly condemned the decision by US President Donald Trump to lift US restrictions on the usage of landmines.
04-02-2020

Borrell holds talks in Iran to de-escalate tensions

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell on Monday (3 February) held talks in the Iranian capital during a mission aimed at lowering tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.
03-02-2020

Amid beefed up security cooperation, Poland inks contract for US-made F-35 fighter jets

Poland signed a $4.6 billion deal with the United States on Friday (31 January) for the purchase of 32 F-35A Lightning II fighter jets, which Polish officials called a significant step toward strengthening the security of the country and the region.
Brexit 03-02-2020

MPs call for an Anglo-German post-Brexit ‘friendship treaty’

A British MP and his German counterpart have called for a post-Brexit “treaty of friendship” between the two countries, as concerns grow in Berlin that relations could turn increasingly hostile over the coming months.
03-02-2020

Russia not target in US army’s massive Europe deployment: NATO

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg insisted Monday (3 February) that a massive transfer of US and allied troops to Eastern Europe as part of a military exercise was not aimed at Russia.
03-02-2020

Top EU diplomat to visit Tehran amid nuclear tensions

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell was Monday (3 February) due to visit Iran, said officials in Tehran and Brussels, on his first trip there since taking office, aiming to reduce rising tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.
31-01-2020

France kickstarts European mission in the Strait of Hormuz

France announced on Thursday (30 January) the beginning of the European Maritime Awareness mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASoH), intended to ensure the freedom of navigation in the Gulf while promoting a de-escalation approach with Iran.
24-01-2020

Doomsday Clock: 100 seconds until the end of the world

Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists annually adjusts its symbolic Doomsday Clock, which indicates how close humanity and the planet are to complete disaster. This year, we're closer than ever, the scientists announced on Thursday (23 January).
22-01-2020

Budget battle hampers EU in space

With the continuous militarisation of space, EU policymakers have started dropping their opposition to plans linking Europe's civilian space assets with defence elements. But as the political tide is slowly turning, cuts proposed in the EU’s draft budget threaten the new ambition.
20-01-2020

Iran says it may pull out of nuclear treaty over Europe dispute

Iran said Monday (20 January) it will consider withdrawing from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) if a dispute over its atomic programme goes before the UN Security Council.

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