Deeper defence cooperation within the EU via PESCO (permanent structured cooperation) was launched with great fanfare at the end of 2017. But only time will tell whether anything of substance will be achieved by PESCO, writes Nick Witney.
France and the European Commission have thrown their weight behind a proposed European Defence Union, saying it was needed more than ever because Europe was no longer "a safe continent". EURACTIV France reports.
From sharing intelligence after terror attacks to pursuing cross-border criminals, security is a potential bargaining chip for Britain in the Brexit negotiations – but one that must be played carefully, analysts say.
Germany and the EU: How do they cooperate? Where do their approaches conflict and where are their interests aligned? EURACTIV Germany’s Vice-Versa series takes a look at the issue from both a European and federal government perspective.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Friday (17 February) the European Union must take on a bigger international role, saying the answer to crises from security to climate change was to stick together and stop relying on the United States.
US President Donald Trump's defence secretary warned NATO allies yesterday (15 February) that they must honour military spending pledges to ensure the United States does not "moderate" support for the alliance.
Germany and NATO yesterday (7 February) underscored their commitment to beefing up the defence of Eastern Europe's border with Russia as the first of four new battalions under the North Atlantic alliance's banner arrived in Lithuania.
During a TV debate yesterday evening (25 January), both contenders for the Socialist ticket in the French Presidential election said they would loosen the country’s purse strings, with Benoît Hamon going a step further by promising to end the EU's “3% deficit dogma”. EURACTIV France reports.
Other world powers would be happy to see the EU fall apart. A defence union would stop this from happening and prevent Europe sliding back into conflict, Jacques Attali said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Airbus is pushing the British government to opt for a "soft Brexit" in which Britain stays in the European Union's single market, its chief executive said on Sunday, warning that the future of the aerospace group's investments in the United Kingdom hinged on it.
MEP Hans van Baalen (VVD), a Dutch member of the European Parliament, was elected the new President of the ALDE Party at the ALDE Party Congress in Budapest on Saturday (21 November), triumphing over former Estonian Commissioner Siim Kallas.