Defence and security

Future EU 14-10-2019

Macron plays appeasement card after Goulard’s rejection

After an initial outburst, French President Emmanuel Macron sought to ease tensions on Sunday (13 October) following the rejection last week of his protégée Sylvie Goulard as France's candidate for the European Commission. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 10-10-2019

EU urges Turkey to halt Syria invasion, will not pay for ‘safe zone’

The EU on Wednesday (9 October) demanded Turkey halt its military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, telling Ankara the bloc would not pay for any so-called "safe zone" that might be created.
Global Europe 09-10-2019

Democrats alarmed about possible US withdrawal from Open Skies treaty

Four senior Democratic lawmakers said on Tuesday (8 October) they believed the Trump administration may withdraw from a treaty that allows unarmed surveillance flights over US, Russian and other territory, warning it would be a gift to Russia and undermine confidence in the US commitment to Ukraine.
07-10-2019

Loiseau: Without arms exports, there won’t be a European defence industry

A newly created Commission department dedicated to the defence and space industries has given new momentum to the EU's defence union project. Nathalie Loiseau, head of the European Parliament’s defence committee, answered questions about where the sector is heading.
04-10-2019

Dutch PM Rutte: Europe needs to increase military spending

Europe needs to increase military spending to keep the transatlantic NATO alliance alive in the face of rising threats from Russia, China and elsewhere, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Thursday (3 October).
Climate change 03-10-2019

Germany and Netherlands sign joint declaration of intent on energy transition

Following the Dutch government's Berlin visit on Wednesday (2 October), Germany and the Netherlands signed a joint declaration of intent laying out a common energy transition plan, as well as closer cooperation in the areas of defence and asylum policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 01-10-2019

After Saudi attacks, Russia makes its regional presence felt

In the two weeks since attacks blamed on missiles or drones shut down half of Saudi Arabia’s oil output, the country that has arguably moved most deftly to position itself for any upside is Russia.
27-09-2019

Pentagon to send radar, Patriot missiles to bolster Saudi defences

The Pentagon said on Thursday (26 September) it plans to send four radar systems, a battery of Patriot missiles and about 200 support personnel to bolster Saudi Arabia's defenses after the largest-ever attack on the kingdom's oil facilities this month.
24-09-2019

Macron’s coalition of European militaries grows in force

As Norway and Sweden recently joined the French-led European Intervention Initiative (EI2) and the military coalition's defence ministers accepted Italy's participation request, Emmanuel Macron's European defence dream is seeing a silent but steady advance.
Eastern Europe 24-09-2019

Russia to fund modernisation of army in occupied Georgian region

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a government proposal to bankroll the modernisation of the armed forces in the occupied Georgian region of Abkhazia, a government document published online showed on Monday (23 September).
13-09-2019

EU defence funding far too small for big ambitions: report

EU's objective to increase defence spending to €22.5 billion over the next decade is insufficient for its ambitions in the sector, the European Court of Auditors said Thursday (12 September) in its annual review paper on the bloc's defence cooperation and policy.
Global Europe 11-09-2019

Von der Leyen assigns defence challenge to France

France's former defence minister, Sylvie Goulard, has been proposed as the EU's internal market Commissioner. But her new portfolio also includes a strengthened European defence file, which analysts say will be her biggest challenge.
Future EU 10-09-2019

France’s Goulard gets double internal market and defence industry post

Defending Europe's industrial sovereignty and building a defence and space industry. Ursula von der Leyen's newly-designated European Commission is innovating by adopting French President Emmanuel Macron's demands itself. EURACTIV France reports.
02-09-2019

Sweden reveals plans for bank tax to finance defence spending increase

Sweden has revealed plans to introduce a new bank tax to fund the country's future increase in defence spending from 2022, as it revamps efforts to counter Russia’s military build-up in the Baltic Sea region.
Global Europe 30-08-2019

Defence ministers discussed artificial intelligence, killer robots, climate threat

EU defence ministers discussed artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons – also called “killer robots” –, hybrid threats and conflicts stemming from climate change, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini told the press after an informal Council meeting in Helsinki on Thursday (29 August).
Future EU 28-08-2019

France proposes europhile Sylvie Goulard as Commissioner

France has proposed Sylvie Goulard as its European Commissioner candidate. An expert on European issues, the former centrist MEP was central to helping Emmanuel Macron develop his European contacts during his successful 2017 presidential campaign. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 28-08-2019

Putin, Erdogan agree steps to tackle militants in Syria’s Idlib

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (27 August) that Russia and Turkey had agreed steps to tackle militants in northwest Syria and “normalize” the situation there after a Syrian army offensive encircled rebel fighters and a Turkish military post.
22-08-2019

Putin: US in position to deploy new cruise missile in Romania, Poland

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (21 August) that the United States was in a position to deploy a new land-based cruise missile in Romania and Poland and that Russia considered that a threat which it would have to respond to.
Digital 22-08-2019

Amazon, Microsoft, ‘putting world at risk of killer AI’, Dutch NGO warns

Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development, according to a report that surveyed major players from the sector about their stance on lethal autonomous weapons.
21-08-2019

Washington needles Germany with threat of US troops relocation to Poland

Washington has talked for some time of relocating US troops from Germany because of its annoyance with Berlin's military spending shortfalls. But President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Poland in September could give it another twist.
20-08-2019

France continues to flourish on EU arms sales market

An increasing number of EU member states is buying weapons 'made in France'. After its exports were high in 2018, France is even expected to top those numbers in 2019. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
20-08-2019

After INF treaty death, US tests first previously banned ground-launched cruise missile

The Pentagon said on Monday (19 August) it tested a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile with a range of more than 500 km, the first such test since the United States pulled out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
07-08-2019

Political violence against women at the highest level since 2018

The threat of political violence towards women has grown over the past 19 months and is currently at its highest level recorded since 2018, a new report by the NGO Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) has found.
China 05-08-2019

EU criticises ‘militarisation’ of South China Sea

The "militarisation" of the South China Sea is threatening peace in the contested waterway, the EU's top diplomat said Monday (5 August) in Hanoi, echoing warnings from the US as pressure mounts against Beijing's ambitions in the region.

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