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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 European defence projects and undermine NATO.
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.

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.

EU defence gets €20 billion budget boost

The EU on Wednesday (2 May) announced plans to spend nearly 20 billion euros on defence over its next long-term budget, as the bloc seeks to boost its resilience to the perceived threat from Russia.
Brexit 30-03-2018

UK’s tortured approach to EU defence takes new twist

The UK has always had a tortured relationship with the EU’s defence policy ambitions. In 2010, David Cameron’s Conservative party promised to withdraw the UK from the European Defence Agency (EDA), only to backtrack two years later.

EU defence ministers hold ‘historic’ first meeting in PESCO format

EU defence ministers yesterday (6 March) held their first meeting in the 'PESCO format'. This means that, although ministers from all EU member states were present, only those participating in the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) pact were involved in adopting legal acts.
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).
Defence policy 15-12-2017

‘Bad news for enemies’: EU leaders officially launch defence pact

Flanked by soldiers in combat dress, European leaders inaugurated on Thursday (14 December) a landmark defence cooperation pact that EU Council President Donald Tusk said was "bad news for our enemies".
Future EU 18-10-2017

Tusk proposes two-year EU reform blitz, new working methods at summits

EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday (17 October) proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.
Global Europe 06-03-2017

EU takes first steps towards military HQ

EU foreign and defence ministers on Monday (6 March) agreed to create a joint command centre for the bloc’s military missions, a step towards more EU cooperation on security and defence.
Security 14-02-2017

Munich Security Conference: Start of a post-Western era?

The Western world order as we know it is at risk, according to the annual Munich Security Report. Euractiv Germany reports.
Security 07-02-2017

Western Mediterranean countries plead for increased NATO presence

Defence ministers from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain have called on NATO to increase its presence in their part of the world. Euractiv Spain reports.
Global Europe 15-11-2016

EU backs minimalist defence plan in effort not to undermine NATO

EU ministers approved a common defence plan yesterday (14 November) despite sharp differences over how far it should go, as Donald Trump's election win stoked fears about Washington's commitment to European security.
Global Europe 08-11-2016

German defence minister wants EU military to match NATO

Germany's defence minister said yesterday (7 November) the European Union must modernise its military defence and security to match NATO's drive to beef up its own security forces in the wake of a major Russian build-up.
Global Europe 27-09-2016

France, Germany to table defence plan at Bratislava ministerial meeting

At the informal defence ministerial in Bratislava starting today (27 September) France and Germany will make the case for the EU’s most ambitious defence plan in almost two decades, aiming to persuade sceptical easterners and avoid a showdown with Britain over its military future outside the bloc.
Jean-Claude Juncker
Global Europe 14-09-2016

Juncker: Soft power is not enough for the EU

In the State of the Union speech he delivered today (14 September), Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed new powers for the EU foreign affairs chief, and the start of a real defence effort, compatible with NATO.
El?bieta Bie?kowska
Global Europe 31-03-2015

Bie?kowska launches high-level defence research group

On Monday (30 March), El?bieta Bie?kowska , Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, launched a new high-level group to advise the EU on how it can support research on a future defence union.
Global Europe 09-03-2015

Juncker: NATO is not enough, EU needs an army

The European Union needs its own army to face up to Russia and other threats, as well as to restore the bloc's standing around the world, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a German newspaper yesterday (8 March).
Security 18-02-2015

Juncker appoints former rival Barnier as security advisor

France's former Internal Market Commissioner is on his way back to Brussels in the guise of Jean-Claude Juncker's new special advisor on defence and security. EURACTIV France reports.
Trade & Society 12-12-2013

French MPs seek to outline European defence strategy

The president of the foreign affairs committee of the French Parliament has drafted a report urging the EU members states to pool resources for military capacities and help build a single EU defence policy.
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