About: EU defence

France says it must use fewer US parts in its weapons systems

France must cut its dependence on US components in its weapons systems to minimise Washington's ability to block its arms exports, its defence minister said on Thursday (6 September).

Denmark wants to cooperate ‘as much as possible’ on European defence

Denmark will take part as much as possible in European defence cooperation outside NATO, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said after meeting France's president on Tuesday (28 August).

Bulgaria issues request for proposals for new or used fighter jets

Bulgaria has sent a request for proposals (RFP) for 16 new or used fighter jets to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s to seven countries, the defence ministry told Reuters today (25 July).
Global Europe 10-07-2018

Tusk tells Trump: Appreciate your allies, you don’t have that many

"Europe is your best ally, please remember that," Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday (10 July) in an indirect message to US president Donald Trump, who will attend a crucial NATO summit in Brussels this week and then meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Defence policy 14-06-2018

Germany’s Maas unveils vision for post-Atlantic Europe

Germany's foreign minister called for the European Union to become a more self-confident global actor, prepared to take counter-measures when the United States crosses "red lines" and able to respond to Russian threats and Chinese growth.

Spain’s navy wants big role in post-Brexit European defence

With naval power Britain at the EU's exit door, Spain has gone on the offensive to be the next major player defending European shores.
Politics 23-03-2018

The Brief – What to do about Article 42 as Greek-Turkish tensions escalate

“If a member of the European Union is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, other states have an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power.”
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).
Future EU 17-01-2018

Macron, May to sign new immigration treaty at bilateral UK summit

France and Britain will sign a new immigration treaty at a summit between President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain on Thursday (18 January), French officials said.
Politics 10-11-2017

EU moves to ensure smooth military transport across the bloc

The European Commission adopted on Friday (10 November) a roadmap aimed at removing barriers for the smooth transport of military troops and gear inside the bloc, as part of efforts to create the European defence union.
Defence policy 09-11-2017

Borissov asks Juncker who are EU’s enemies, gets compliments instead

EURACTIV asked Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker what are the geopolitical risks for the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Borissov said he had asked the same question to Juncker, but apparently obtained no answer.
Future EU 29-09-2017

Merkel backs Macron reform plans at EU dinner

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (28 September) hailed French President Emmanuel Macron's new vision for Europe as EU leaders held a frank debate on reforming the bloc.
Defence policy 11-07-2017

US deploys advanced anti-aircraft missiles in Baltics for first time

The United States deployed a battery of Patriot long-range anti-aircraft missiles in Lithuania to be used in NATO wargames from Tuesday (11 July) – the first time the advanced defence system has been brought to the Baltics where Russia has air superiority.
Defence policy 18-05-2017

Mogherini sees EU military HQ ‘within days’

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday (18 May) remaining differences over a planned military headquarters had been resolved and it could be formally launched in a few days.
Brexit 16-05-2017

Mogherini sees way past UK spat over military HQ

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday (15 May) she was confident of making progress on the bloc's defence ambitions and did not expect a Brexit-bound Britain to stand in the way.
Politics 28-04-2017

Mogherini: EU defence cooperation speeding up

EU defence integration is advancing faster than in other areas and could see key decisions made this year to boost cooperation, foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said on Thursday (27 April).