Defence and security

Future EU 13-11-2018

In Strasbourg, Merkel brings European army one step further

In an eagerly awaited speech on the future of Europe before what she called 'the biggest democratic parliament of the world', German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday (13 November) for a "real, true European army" and a common asylum framework.
13-11-2018

Stoltenberg opposes EU defence duplicating NATO, Putin likes the idea

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Europe against undermining transatlantic ties, following a defence spat between US President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron.
09-11-2018

Finland becomes tenth participant country in European Intervention Initiative

In a meeting in Paris on Wednesday (7 November), the nine ministers from the member countries of European Intervention Initiative (EI2) welcomed Finland as the tenth participant. The group’s objective is to promote Europe’s strategic autonomy in security and defence. EURACTIV France reports.
07-11-2018

London has become a hotbed for Russian spies, report reveals

The scale of Russian espionage in London has been revealed in a new report endorsed by the former head of MI6 on Tuesday (6 November), as Washington is eyeing a second round of US-coordinated sanctions over the Salisbury attack.
07-11-2018

Macron calls for ‘true European army’ to defend against Russia, US, China

French President Emmanuel Macron called on Tuesday (6 November) for a "real European army" to allow the bloc to defend itself against Russia and even the United States, a hugely sensitive idea amongst EU nations which jealously guard their defence.
31-10-2018

US representative for Syria: We’re not going to put this country back together

James F. Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria engagement in the US Department of State, answered on Tuesday (30 October) the questions of a small group of Brussels journalists about the state of play in and around Syria.
29-10-2018

Mattis looks to calm European allies nervous about INF treaty

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday (28 October) that the United States was in consultation with its European allies on an arms control treaty, as NATO members urge Washington to try to bring Russia back into compliance with the pact rather than quit it.
Global Europe 26-10-2018

NATO urges Trump officials not to quit nuclear treaty

European members of NATO urged the United States on Thursday (25 October) to try to bring Russia back into compliance with a nuclear arms control treaty rather than quit it, diplomats said, seeking to avoid a split in the alliance that Moscow could exploit.
26-10-2018

Belgium to buy US F-35 fighters in blow to EU’s defence policy

Belgium said Thursday (25 October) it had chosen to buy US-made F-35 stealth warplanes over the Eurofighter Typhoon, which critics call a blow to the EU's bid to build its own defences.
25-10-2018

Nord Stream 2 exposed as Russian weapon against NATO

Polish and other speakers at the Warsaw Security Forum on Wednesday (24 October) exposed the Gazprom-sponsored Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a security threat for the EU and NATO.
24-10-2018

NATO in mock defence of Norway against Russian attack

NATO’s largest exercise since the end of the Cold War will focus on the mock defence of Norway. "Trident Juncture" starts on Thursday (25 October) and involves 50,000 military personnel from 31 countries – the 29 NATO members plus Sweden and Finland.
23-10-2018

Russia pledges ‘balance’ if US quits nuclear pact; Trump eyes more weapons

Russia said on Monday (22 October) it would be forced to respond in kind to restore the military balance with the United States if President Donald Trump carried through on a threat to quit a nuclear arms treaty and began developing new missiles.
22-10-2018

EU urges US, Russia talks to ‘preserve’ nuclear treaty

The European Commission on Monday (22 October) urged the United States and Russia to pursue talks to preserve a nuclear weapons treaty after President Donald Trump said Washington was withdrawing from the deal. 
22-10-2018

Trump says US to exit landmark nuclear arms pact, Russia threatens retaliation

President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow.
Elections 19-10-2018

Ukraine sets up group to stop any attempt by Russia to influence elections

Ukraine has set up a group to stop any attempt by Russia to influence next year’s elections, a state security body said on Thursday (18 October).
18-10-2018

At EU summit, Borissov deplores ‘terrible’ Russian cyberattacks on Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov disclosed on Wednesday (17 October) that his country had been targeted by “terrible” Russian cyberattacks before its EU presidency.
17-10-2018

NATO sees new cyber command centre by 2023 as Europe readies for cyber threats

A new NATO military command centre able to deter and launch cyber-attacks should be fully staffed and operational in 2023, but the alliance still lacks ground rules for doing so, a senior general announced at NATO’s annual cyber conference in Mons, Belgium on Tuesday (16 October).
16-10-2018

Salisbury fallout: EU adopts sanctions against chemical weapons’ proliferation

EU foreign affairs ministers in Luxembourg adopted yesterday (15 October) a new sanctions regime as response to the use and proliferation of Chemical weapons. Russia was not mentioned.
15-10-2018

Italy resists EU push to impose sanctions over cyberattacks

Italy is resisting a European Union push to impose sanctions on states who carry out cyberattacks, a move that appears in line with Rome’s calls to de-escalate tensions with Russia but that could alienate Italy from its EU allies.
08-10-2018

With Brexit looming, Germany and Britain ramp up defence cooperation

Britain signed a military cooperation agreement with Germany on Friday (5 October), emphasising London's commitment to helping shield Europe from future security threats at a time when negotiations over its own exit from the EU are reaching a crunch time.
Cybersecurity 04-10-2018

‘Russia must stop its reckless pattern of behaviour’, NATO’s Stoltenberg warns

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Russia on Thursday (4 September) to "stop its reckless pattern of behaviour" and vowed to strengthen the alliance's defences, citing recent Russian-led cyber-attacks on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
04-10-2018

NATO to launch exercises in Europe’s north as Russia tensions grow

In late October, NATO will conduct its largest military exercises since the end of the Cold War in Europe's North, amid growing tensions with Russia over Moscow's development of new nuclear-ready missiles and uncertainty over the Trump administration’s commitment to transatlantic security.
03-10-2018

Russia completes delivery of S-300 system to Syria

Russia has delivered an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria, it said on Tuesday (2 October), in defiance of Israeli and US concerns that the arms sale would embolden Iran and escalate the Syrian war.
03-10-2018

Moscow: US comments on possible destruction of Russian warheads are dangerous

Russia regards as dangerous a statement by Washington's envoy to NATO who said Moscow must halt its covert development of a banned cruise missile system or the United States would seek to destroy it before it becomes operational.

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