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EU should put human life over profits of arms industry

Almost five years after the start of the Saudi-led intervention, the war in Yemen still rages on. While thousands have died, one actor that has fared well: the European arms industry, write Hans Lammerant and Bram Vranken.

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.

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).

MEPs concerned with peace should worry about the new ‘Defence Industry & Space’ unit

At Commissioner-designate Syvie Goulard’s hearing on Wednesday, MEPs should question the over-influence of the arms industry and the impact of the new DG for “Defence Industry & Space” on peace, says Laëtitia Sédou.
Europe's East 27-09-2019

Russia fumes over Belarus’s refusal to host air base

Russia said on Thursday (26 September) that Belarus’s refusal to host a military air base backed by President Vladimir Putin had been an “unpleasant episode”, a rare public display of disagreement between the close allies.

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.
Europe's East 25-09-2019

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US President Donald Trump risks impeachment (again), this time because of a request he is said to have made to Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Reportedly, Trump pressured the Ukrainian president in a 25 July telephone call (five days after Zelenskiy...
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).
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.
Aviation 06-09-2019

EU watchdog insists own safety tests needed on grounded Boeings

The Europea Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will run its own tests on Boeing's grounded aircraft rather than simply accept the assessment of its US counterpart, the regulator's head said this week, marking a break with international air safety convention.
Global Europe 03-09-2019

Europe aims to clean up the space graveyard

The amount of space junk around Earth has hit a critical point where it now poses risks to other spacecraft and satellites and has started to trigger human efforts to combat the security threat in outer space.
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).
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Global military spending in 2018 reached post-Cold War peak

In 2018, countries invested as much money in the military as they did in 1988, before the end of the Cold War, the latest data by the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows. World military expenditure is estimated to have hit...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Brexit uncertainty delays EU’s defence industry plans

EU and NATO officials have repeated the need for coherence in Europe’s future defence cooperation. However, crucial decisions on EU military project participation and funds have been delayed – also due to the stalemate over Brexit. With the EU’s permanent...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Pentagon warns EU against blocking US firms from defence fund

In the latest sign of the deteriorating transatlantic relations, Washington has warned its European allies that a new European military pact risks shutting American companies out of defence contracts and undermining NATO, and has hinted at possible retaliation. In a...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

EU fends off US attack in spat over the bloc’s military reforms

The EU responded on Thursday (16 May) to US accusations that a new European military pact risks shutting out American companies of the bloc’s defence projects and undermine NATO. In the letter seen by EURACTIV, signed by two senior EU officials,...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

EU elections 2019: How to defend and represent Europe?

Europe’s foreign and defence policy has always been a very contentious matter with widely divergent views on how to pursue it. Ahead of this week’s vote, EURACTIV looks at proposals from the main European political parties on strategic autonomy, qualified...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

US will not accept more Turkish F-35 pilots over Russia air defenses

The United States has decided to stop accepting any additional Turkish pilots who planned to come to the United States to train on F-35 fighter jets, US officials say, in a clear sign of the escalating dispute over Ankara’s plans...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

France’s weapons exports see sharp increase on European market

France’s arms sales in 2018 were worth €9.118 billion, up 30% compared to 2017. Exports to European countries are seeing a strong increase, according to the French Ministry for Armed Forces. EURACTIV’s partner Brussels2.eu reports. For the first time, the...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Next-generation European fighter jet cooperation ready for take-off

Germany, France and Spain inked on Monday (17 June) a framework agreement for the joint construction of Europe’s largest arms project to date, the so-called Future Air Combat System (FCAS). In the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, on the...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

F-35 faces Turkish uncertainty as US sanctions loom over Russian defence deal

Washington is looking to impose financial sanctions on Turkish firms beyond those that build parts for the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jet, due to Ankara’s plans to buy a Russian-built S-400 NATO non-compatible air defence system, a top Pentagon official...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

US removing Turkey from F-35 program after its Russian missile defense purchase

The United States said on Wednesday (17 July) that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week. The...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

F-35 or SU-35? Erdogan says Turkey to turn elsewhere

President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday (26 July) Turkey would turn elsewhere for fighter jets if the United States will not sell it the F-35 jets, adding that a US decision to cut Ankara from the program would not deter...
Global Europe 18-04-2019

EU lawmakers rubber-stamp European Defence Fund, give up parliamentary veto

MEPs signed-off a deal establishing the multi-billion European Defence Fund (EDF) on Thursday (18 April), giving up parliamentary oversight of the EU’s military subsidies programme. According to plans, approved by EU lawmakers with 328 votes in favour, 231 against and 19...

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