Deeper defence cooperation within the EU via PESCO (permanent structured cooperation) was launched with great fanfare at the end of 2017. But only time will tell whether anything of substance will be achieved by PESCO, writes Nick Witney.
US President Donald Trump's defence secretary told European allies on Wednesday to step up efforts to increase military budgets and warned that troop contributions to missions did not exempt them from broader spending goals, officials said.
While the risks of terrorism should not be downplayed, the extensive nature of climate change risks should not be downplayed either. Often times, the impacts are less visible but more significant, argues Janani Vivekananda.
US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis will press European allies on Wednesday (14 February) to stick to a promise to increase military budgets as the United States offers an increase in its own defence spending in Europe.
The European Union on Monday (13 February) called on Turkey to avoid threats and "refrain from any actions that might damage good neighbourly" ties after Cyprus accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship exploring for gas.
France is planning a €37-billion revamp of its nuclear arsenal over the next seven years, part of a sharp increase in defence spending aimed at allowing France to "hold its own" as a key power in Europe, the country's defence chief said yesterday (8 February).
Spain is worried about security on its southern border due to the possible influx of Islamist fighters to West Africa's Sahel region, Spain's foreign minister told AFP in an interview yesterday (8 February).
After a week of talks, German coalition negotiators agreed on the cornerstones of their new programme. But when a new government could actively participate in meaningful EU reform is still uncertain. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The next "foreign minister" at the head of the EEAS, must be a heavy-hitter with the authority and courage to rally EU governments behind a recognisable foreign policy on global challenges, writes Giles Merritt.
If the EU wishes to defend human rights, and comply with its own counter-terrorism pledges, Pakistan’s incoherent counter-terrorism strategies should be at the top of every joint commission and negotiation, writes Charles Tannock.
Finland's President Sauli Niinisto cruised to a rare first round election win on Sunday (28 January) after a campaign in which his delicate balancing of ties with neighbour Russia and the US-led NATO military alliance resonated with voters.