Defence and security

13-12-2019

US tests nuclear-capable ground-launched ballistic missile after INF treaty exit

The Pentagon on Thursday (12 December) tested a conventionally configured ground-launched ballistic missile, a test that would have been prohibited under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
12-12-2019

Athens says Turkey ‘blackmailed’ Libya to sign MoU by sending weapons

Turkey blackmailed Libya to agree to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) demarcating maritime zones in the region by sending weapons to the country, Greek media quote a high-ranking diplomat as saying.
12-12-2019

US Senate committee approves Turkey sanctions bill

A US Senate committee backed legislation on Wednesday (11 December) to impose sanctions on Turkey after its offensive in Syria and purchase of a Russian S-400 missile system, seeking to push President Trump to take a harder line against Ankara.
11-12-2019

Greece seeks EU’s diplomatic shield against Turkey at Council

Athens will ask its EU partners to mount pressure on Turkey at the EU Council on 12-13 December, in an effort to be granted a diplomatic shield from Ankara’s growing aggressiveness in the region.
Global Europe 11-12-2019

Faced with defence budget threats, EU eyes new money sources

The ongoing EU budget negotiations have revealed the intention to enforce substantial cuts in Europe's external action agenda. This could represent another drawback for the bloc's defence ambitions and will be discussed by EU leaders at a summit on 12-13 December.
11-12-2019

Turkey warns it could kick out US from Incirlik nuclear base

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Wednesday (11 December) that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible US sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
10-12-2019

Turkey continues to block NATO’s Eastern defence plans

Ankara has not shifted from its intentions to block the final decisions related to updating NATO's defence plan of the Poland and the Baltic States. Meanwhile, Eastern European calls for assurances of alliance commitments become more vocal.
09-12-2019

Arms sales worldwide up nearly 5%, says new report

Arms sales rose by nearly five percent worldwide in 2018 in a market dominated by the United States, according to a new report published Monday (9 December) by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Politics 06-12-2019

New SPD leadership on its way to challenge Germany’s Grand Coalition

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) officially elected Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans as the new chairmen at a national conference on Friday (6 December). There was no vote about remaining in the Grand Coalition with the CDU/CSU conservatives, but the new leadership appears to have 'declared war' on them. EURACTIV Germany reports.
04-12-2019

The Brief – Behind NATO’s security scenes

As leaks and bits of information selectively seep through NATO's meeting room doors, it is the gestures and details that matter and shape the legacy of its summits.
04-12-2019

NATO Summit 2019 – Day #1

EURACTIV gives you an insight into the big talking points at this year’s NATO Leader’s meeting in London. In case you missed it, here’s Day 1 in a nutshell. Trump hits out at Macron, Macron hits out at Trump. As...
Global Europe 04-12-2019

What security minds think about NATO’s past and future

As NATO leaders gather for what is set to be an ill-tempered working session on Wednesday (4 December), EURACTIV.com asked EU and NATO stakeholders to assess challenges ahead and the future of the Alliance.
03-12-2019

Poland hopes to sway Turkish threat to NATO’s Eastern defence plans

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday (3 December) he expects a solution during the two-day NATO gathering in London after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to reject military plans for Poland and the Baltic States.
03-12-2019

Nobody needs NATO more than France, says Trump

US President Donald Trump weighed into the war of words on the state of NATO on Tuesday (3 December), wasting no time to hit back at French President Emmanuel Macron’s “brain death” claims. Speaking at a breakfast session alongside NATO...
02-12-2019

Spooked by internal feuds, NATO summit threatens to go down in disarray

NATO leaders descend on London this week to mark the Alliance's seventy years of existence and attempt to mend the widening cracks in the Western military pact. But as the celebration could easily turn into a family feud, here are a couple of issues to watch.
29-11-2019

France’s Macron: I’m not sorry I called NATO brain dead

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (28 November) said his remarks that NATO was experiencing "brain death" had been a useful wake-up call to alliance members, and he would not apologise for saying it.
Global Europe 28-11-2019

NATO upgrades its ageing ‘eyes in the sky’

Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, signed a $1 billion contract to modernise NATO’s fleet of AWACS surveillance aircraft on Wednesday (27 November), striking a more optimistic note at a time of widening cracks in the transatlantic defence alliance.
28-11-2019

Turkey not backing down in NATO defence plans dispute – source

Ankara will resist efforts by its NATO allies to persuade it to back an alliance defence plan for the Baltics and Poland until its demands are met over a plan for Turkey's defence, a Turkish diplomatic source said on Wednesday (27 November).
28-11-2019

Germany pledges to raise military spending, play more active role in NATO

Germany has pledged to play a more active role in NATO with Chancellor Angela Merkel promising to raise military spending to 2% of the country’s GDP by the beginning of the 2030s. EURACTIV Germany reports.
27-11-2019

Death of 13 soldiers in Mali highlights France’s isolation in Sahel region

In a fairly direct message to Germany, the EU Commission's outgoing President, Jean-Claude Juncker, noted that the French army is alone when defending Europe's honour and security in Mali. EURACTIV France reports.
25-11-2019

CDU politician calls for better Franco-German ties after NATO row

Germany and France must bury their differences and pursue a constructive partnership with concrete ideas, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a public spat between the two European Union heavyweights over NATO.
Global Europe 22-11-2019

No progress in UN talks on regulating lethal autonomous weapons

Attempts to regulate lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWs), often dubbed as “killer robots”, have once again ended in a stalemate as UN talks in November produced few results. Europe, meanwhile, is struggling with its role in the regulation efforts.
Global Europe 21-11-2019

NATO braces for the new space age

NATO foreign ministers have formally recognised outer space as the fifth military frontier alongside air, land, sea and cyber on Wednesday (20 November), in response to growing concerns over protecting satellite and navigation assets from enemy interference.
Defence policy 20-11-2019

Amid NATO tensions, Estonian President highlights Russia risk

NATO should be ready to defend Estonia should the country face risks emanating from its neighbour Russia, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has told EURACTIV. Her comments came following French President Macron's recent claim that the alliance is 'brain dead.'

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