Security

Trump ends NATO summit on happy note, saying he made it ‘much stronger’

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday (12 July) he was able to squeeze an additional $33 to 40 billion for defence from his allies. But NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said the figure had been made public before and did not mean Europe was committing any new money.
Global Europe 12-07-2018

NATO summit continues after delirious first day

NATO leaders will seek to dampen a febrile atmosphere as their summit wraps up Thursday with talks on Afghanistan and Ukraine, after US President Donald Trump stung allies with a shock demand to double defence spending.
Politics 12-07-2018

Macedonia’s roadmap to NATO accession explained

As expected, Macedonia received an official invitation to join the NATO alliance yesterday (11 July), a month after it reached an agreement with Athens on its new name.
Politics 06-07-2018

Commission to table EU external border proposal by September

The Commission will translate the Council's demands into a set of concrete actions in order to improve control of the EU external borders, Jean-Claude Juncker announced on Friday (6 July) during the visit of the College of Commissioners to Vienna.

Europe aims for greater ‘strategic autonomy’ from US on defence

EU leaders pledged in Brussels on Thursday to intensify efforts to strengthen military cooperation within the bloc and reduce its reliance on the United States, amid growing doubts over the continued US involvement in transatlantic security.

LIVE: Migration, eurozone test EU unity at fateful June Summit

EU leaders are meeting on 28-29 June to bash out a solution to the divisive issue of migration, which should help Chancellor Angela Merkel preserve her fragile government, and lay the groundwork for a scaled-down package of eurozone reforms wanted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Tackling hybrid threats, in Europe and the UK

The June European Council is an opportunity to make sure we have the right measures in place to tackle hostile state threats to security such as cyber attacks, disinformation and meddling in elections, writes Mark Sedwill.

Nine European countries to formalise EU defence force plan

Nine EU nations will on Monday (25 June) formalise a plan to create a European military intervention force, a French minister said, with Britain backing the measure as a way to maintain strong defence ties with the bloc after Brexit.

Trans-Europe Express – Migration is here to stay

Never before since becoming Germany’s Chancellor in 2005 has Angela Merkel been as close to losing power than on Thursday (14 June). And the reason was migration.

France takes the lead on conflict prevention

While armed conflicts are on the rise around the world, Paris launched a new strategy for prevention, resilience and sustainable peace in developing countries, on 13 June. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Politics 28-02-2018

US offer first reaction to EU defence PESCO pact

The US government has told EU states that it and other non-EU NATO allies should play a key role in a European defence pact, diplomatic sources said yesterday (27 February).
Global Europe 26-02-2018

How to get Europe back into the Middle East

The Foreign Affairs Council is right to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process when it meets Arab leaders on Monday, but it’s on Iran that the EU is needed the most, writes Franco Frattini, the former Italian foreign minister.
Global Europe 22-02-2018

Turkey says whoever helps Kurd militia in Syria is ‘legitimate target’

Turkey yesterday (21 February) said it would consider a "legitimate target" any group that comes to the aid of Kurdish militia in Afrin in northern Syria.
Africa 20-02-2018

EU to lead funding demand for Sahel force

The European Commission is hoping to drum up further funds for a joint military force tasking with combating jihadist groups in the Sahel at a funding conference in Brussels on Friday (23 February).
Politics 17-02-2018

Juncker warns against ‘mixed up’ Brexit talks as May requests defence treaty

Britain wants to agree a defence and security treaty with the EU before its leaves the bloc in March 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May told the Munich Security Conference on Saturday (17 February).
Politics 16-02-2018

European defence: Old wine in new bottles?

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.
Defence policy 15-02-2018

US tells NATO allies spending plans still falling short

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.
Climate change 15-02-2018

Countering terror doesn’t need to cost the Earth

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.  
Politics 14-02-2018

US defence chief to press Europeans on military spending

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.
Politics 13-02-2018

EU warns Turkey over Cyprus ship incident

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.
Politics 09-02-2018

France to spend €37 billion euros on upgrading nuclear arsenal

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).
Politics 09-02-2018

Spain sounds alarm over fighter influx from Sahel

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).
Elections 05-02-2018

German coalition agreement: No breakthrough for Europe yet

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.
Politics 05-02-2018

Let’s end our pygmy politics so we can have a proper EU foreign policy

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.