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Global Europe 31-10-2018

Iranian spy service suspected of assassination plot in Denmark

Denmark said on Tuesday (30 October) it suspected an Iranian government intelligence service had tried to carry out a plot to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition figure on its soil.
Global Europe 04-10-2018

Britain says Russian military intelligence behind host of global cyber attacks

Britain accused Russian military intelligence on Thursday (4 October) of directing a host of cyber-attacks aimed at undermining Western democracies by sowing confusion in everything from sport to transport and the 2016 US presidential election.
Global Europe 13-09-2018

Putin says men accused by UK over poisoning are ‘simple people’

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (12 September) Russia had found the two men accused by British prosecutors of trying to murder ex- Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain, but that there was nothing criminal about them.
Enlargement 12-09-2018

US defense chief to visit Macedonia, concerned about Russian ‘mischief’

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday (11 September) he would visit Macedonia before the 30 September referendum on changing the country's name, also expressing concern about suspected Russian interference in the vote, which Moscow denies.
Global Europe 06-09-2018

Britain charges two Russians for state-backed plot to kill Skripals

Britain charged two Russians in absentia on Wednesday (5 September) with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter, and said the suspects were military intelligence officers almost certainly acting on orders from high up in the...
Global Europe 01-08-2018

Slovak president sees security risk in ‘Putin’s motorcycle club’ activity

Slovak President Andrej Kiska says a recently established base in his country for a Russian motorcycle club known for its allegiance to the Kremlin presents a security risk for the EU and NATO country.
Global Europe 10-04-2018

Erdogan vows to bring back Gülenists from abroad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday (9 April) his country is determined to continue the fight against what he calls the terrorist movement of Fethullah Gülen and bring home all “traitors” from abroad. 

Russia warns of reprisals if UK acts over spy attack

Russia warned Britain yesterday (13 March) to expect reprisals if it announces sanctions over the poisoning of a former double agent, as the US and other allies joined London in demanding answers on how a Soviet-designed nerve agent was used in the attack.
Global Europe 20-04-2017

Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to influence 2016 US election

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 US presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former US officials told Reuters.
Global Europe 30-03-2017

Senate intelligence leaders pledge bipartisan Trump-Russia inquiry

The Republican chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday (29 March) promised a thorough investigation into any direct links between Russia and Republican President Donald Trump during his 2016 run for the White House.
Global Europe 17-03-2017

Lithuanian MP faces impeachment over Russia ties

A member of Lithuania's parliament is facing impeachment proceedings and an investigation into whether his ties to Russian business and media posed a threat to national security.
Global Europe 09-03-2017

German prosecutors studying CIA leaks over report of hacking base in Frankfurt

Germany's chief federal prosecutor's office said yesterday (8 March) it would review new documents from anti-secrecy group Wikileaks that suggest the CIA ran a hacking hub from the US consulate in Frankfurt, and launch a formal investigation if warranted.
Global Europe 27-01-2017

Tusk warns Montenegro, Western Balkans, against ‘alternatives’ to EU

European Council President Donald Tusk warned yesterday (26 January) against “nationalist rhetoric” in the Western Balkans that may seek to divert Montenegro, and other countries, from their Euro-Atlantic path.
Global Europe 22-11-2016

Finland plans to set up centre to counter ‘hybrid’ threats

Several NATO and EU countries are planning to establish a centre in Helsinki to research how to counter "hybrid" warfare, a senior Finnish government official said yesterday (21 November).
Global Europe 13-10-2016

Russia has ‘playbook’ for covert influence in Eastern Europe, says study

Russia has mounted a campaign of covert economic and political measures to manipulate five countries in Central and Eastern Europe, discredit the West's liberal democratic model, and undermine trans-Atlantic ties, a report by a private US research group said.
Global Europe 02-09-2016

Russian secret services wage information war, says Prague

Russian intelligence services are conducting "an information war" in the Czech Republic, building a network of puppet groups and propaganda agents that could be used to destabilise the country, the BIS counterintelligence service warned yesterday (1 September).
Elections 18-01-2016

US to investigate Russian efforts to weaken EU

US intelligence agencies are to conduct a major investigation into how the Kremlin is trying to divide and weaken the EU, The Telegraph reported.
Global Europe 20-02-2015

Romanian spy chief warns of ‘threat for EU from Hungary’

Eduard Hellvig, currently a conservative MEP who has been chosen by President Klaus Iohannis to be the next chief of the Romanian foreign intelligence service, has published an article in which he warns of the “threat for the EU” from the rapprochement of Hungary with Moscow.
Europe's East 20-02-2015

Putin is ‘real danger’ to Baltics, EU officials warn

Senior Western officials accused Russia yesterday (19 February) of redrawing the map of Europe by force and posing a threat to the Baltic states.