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Defence policy 20-11-2019

Amid NATO tensions, Estonian President highlights Russia risk

NATO should be ready to defend Estonia should the country face risks emanating from its neighbour Russia, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has told EURACTIV. Her comments came following French President Macron's recent claim that the alliance is 'brain dead.'
Future EU 08-10-2019

Sylvie Goulard still to convince MEPs in ‘do or die’ week

After a rough ride last week (2 October), France’s European Commissioner-designate, Sylvie Goulard, has a last chance to convince the European Parliament by answering a new set of questions in writing or by facing the music at the end of this week. EURACTIV France reports.

AKK sworn in as new German defence minister

CDU party chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been sworn in as the new German defence minister before the Bundestag on Wednesday (24 July). In her first government statement, she emphasised Germany's reliability as a member of NATO.

Merkel’s favoured successor to become defence minister

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's favoured successor and the head of her CDU party will become the country's next defence minister, an official statement said Tuesday (16 July), after Ursula von der Leyen was elected European Commission president.
Future EU 12-07-2019

German Socialists list von der Leyen failures in damning paper to EU peers

Germany's Social Democrats have circulated a damning paper to their European political group in which they call Ursula von der Leyen an "inadequate and inappropriate candidate" to lead the European Commission ahead of a vote on her nomination next week.
Cybersecurity 17-05-2019

EU backs cyber sanctions regime, following Dutch and UK pressure

Under new EU rules, individuals and groups conducting cyber-attacks from outside the bloc may be hit with potential sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes. But the measures announced on Friday will be applied only to "persons and entities" and not to national governments.
Politics 17-04-2019

Amid worries over Russia, Sweden returns troops to Baltic island

Under an icy rain, camouflage-clad Swedish soldiers crouched behind a log pile, aimed their machine guns towards the Baltic Sea and, at their officers' barked orders, opened fire down the snow-covered range.
Economy & Jobs 22-01-2019

European countries buying more and more American fighter planes

All of Europe finds American fighter planes attractive, with first Slovakia and Romania and soon Bulgaria and Croatia opting to purchase these machines. EURACTIV France reports.The author, Nicolas Gros-Verheyde, is chief editor of Bruxelles2.eu website, dedicated to EU defence policy. 
Cybersecurity 30-11-2018

Germany: Critical cyberattacks target government and military networks

German security services have revealed that critical national infrastructures such as government and military networks have been the target of a series of cyberattacks in November, raising broader concerns about their overall resilience.
Politics 16-11-2018

European army: No longer a taboo subject

Both Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron mentioned the idea of creating a real European army. This unprecedented convergence of French and German thoughts and words, which incurred the wrath of America, marks a turning point. EURACTIV France reports.  

Finland becomes tenth participant country in European Intervention Initiative

In a meeting in Paris on Wednesday (7 November), the nine ministers from the member countries of European Intervention Initiative (EI2) welcomed Finland as the tenth participant. The group’s objective is to promote Europe’s strategic autonomy in security and defence. EURACTIV France reports.

Macron proposes EU collective defence plan

French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that Europe adopts a form of collective defence on Thursday (30 August) as he strengthens calls for EU integration in the face of concerns over the United States' security commitments.

Germany ready to ‘take more responsibility’ in European defence policy, says Merkel 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that she supports the idea of a European security council as well as the project of European intervention troops, a notion also favoured by France. 
Economy & Jobs 18-06-2018

German politics risks affecting eurozone reform

The leaders of France and Germany’ will meet in Berlin on Tuesday (19 June) for a preparatory summit ahead of the European Council at the end of the month. But the two countries continue to hold different views on the subject of the economy. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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).
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".
Brexit 19-09-2017

Britain wants post-Brexit security treaty with EU

Britain called yesterday (18 September) for a new security treaty with the European Union after Brexit to try and prevent terror attacks, days after a bomb exploded on a London Underground train.
Central Europe 25-08-2017

Czechs in favour of deeper integration, but shun the euro

The Czech Republic wants to be in the EU’s “core”, but without the common currency. Prague wants to focus on common defence instead. EURACTIV.cz reports.
Cybersecurity 28-07-2017

EU cybersecurity exercise focuses on ‘quasi-democratic’ country and anti-globalisation group

An EU exercise to test countries' ability to react to cybersecurity attacks will focus on threats from terrorist groups, “a quasi-democratic country” and anti-globalisation groups.
Politics 09-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: At least EU defence matters in the Czech Republic 

Even the strongest soft powers need defence capacities sometimes. This was not the highlight of the politically-oriented “growth and jobs” guidelines of Jean-Claude Juncker’s campaign for the European Commission presidency in the summer of 2014 though.
Defence policy 07-06-2017

Commission to mobilise €40 billion to beef up defence cooperation

The European Commission proposed today to mobilise €39 billion by 2027 to support the joint development of military capabilities and suggested a NATO-type solidarity clause to respond to cyber attacks.
Politics 19-05-2017

Trans-Europe Express: NATO summit to get a taste of ‘America First’

As NATO leaders prepare to meet next week in Brussels, US President Donald Trump will likely ruffle a few feathers if he brings the ‘America first’ dialectic into the meeting and wreaks havoc within the Alliance.
Elections 21-03-2017

Europe still a footnote in French presidential debate

The five candidates for France’s top job set out their stalls in a three hour televised debate on TF1 on Monday night (20 March). Questions on Europe and foreign policy were only raised in the last quarter of an hour. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 13-03-2017

If only it were Obama: Merkel to meet Trump in clash of style and substance

*She is controlled and cautious, a physicist from East Germany who takes her time making decisions and has never relished the attention that comes from being Europe's most powerful leader.

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