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Freedom of thought 16-02-2018

Borissov gets preview of the perfect storm

In just one day, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, has embroiled himself in a spat with the country's president, been offered Russian citizenship and seen some of his pet projects crumble before his eyes.
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.
Global Europe 12-02-2018

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

Syria's US-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad.
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).
Africa 09-02-2018

EU calls on Cameroon security forces to use ‘proportional force’

The European Union has called on Cameroon to ensure its security forces use "proportional force" in the country's restive English-speaking west.
Global Europe 08-02-2018

EU, NATO face growing threat of inadvertent military clash, report says

The erosion of arms control agreements, deployment of additional weapons and tensions over military exercises have increased the risk of an inadvertent armed clash between Europe and Russia, according to the 2018 Munich Security Report published today (8 February). 
China 07-02-2018

EU diplomats in Beijing concerned about arrest of Swedish bookseller

China's detention of Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai while he was being accompanied by Swedish diplomats could set a dangerous precedent for other EU citizens, Germany's ambassador to China said yesterday (6 February).
Energy 07-02-2018

EU bank approves largest ever energy loan, for TAP pipeline

The European Investment Bank on Tuesday (6 February) approved its largest ever single loan to an energy project: the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). The €1.5 billion grant will be used to bring gas from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.

EU flags fraud and corruption in refugee settlements in Uganda

The EU delegation in Uganda said yesterday (5 February) it has identified allegations of malfeasance and corruption in managing refugee assistance programs in Uganda, and had  alerted the country’s government.
China 02-02-2018

May unwavering in China

Even though the UK is currently weakened because of Brexit, May still stood her ground during her visit in China and did not bow down to their demands, showing true British stubbornness, writes Francois Godement.
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2018

EU takes over in fight against blood diamonds

The fight against conflict diamonds has slowed down since the creation of the Kimberley process in 2002. However, with the EU at its head in 2018, the subject of corporate responsibility could come up in talks.
Global Europe 02-02-2018

Europe ponders the US Iran nuclear deal threats over its companies

Europe has to decide what to do in case the US makes good on its threat to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran. The alternative is to agree to tighter terms proposed by Washington that could hit European companies.