About: European Defence Union

Politics 16-02-2018

European defence: Old wine in new bottles?

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.
Defence policy 04-10-2017

Macron’s defence visions are suicidal for Poland

Poland can have only one answer to the French visions for a common approach in European defence, writes Andrzej Talaga. And that answer is no.
Politics 09-06-2017

France joins Commission in backing European Defence Union

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.
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 31-03-2017

Security is risky card for Britain in Brexit talks, analysts say

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.
Politics 07-03-2017

Vice-versa: European defence and German interests

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.
Global Europe 17-02-2017

Germany’s Schäuble says EU must assume more active global role

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.
Global Europe 16-02-2017

US warns NATO: Increase spending or we might ‘moderate’ support

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.
Global Europe 08-02-2017

German troops deploy in Lithuania under NATO banner

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.
Elections 26-01-2017

French presidential hopeful says EU’s ‘3% public deficit dogma must end’

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.
Global Europe 20-01-2017

Attali: Europe is world’s biggest power but does not recognise it

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.
Transport 05-12-2016

Airbus chief calls for soft Brexit, higher German military budget

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.
Matteo Renzi (left) and François Hollande at the Milan summit on jobs and growth, 8 Oct. 2014 [Palazzo Chigi/Flickr]
Security 23-03-2016

Italy calls for common European defence after Brussels attacks

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called Tuesday for a "European pact for freedom and security" following the attacks in Brussels claimed by the Islamic State group that killed around 35 people.

Elections 23-11-2015

Liberal ALDE party elects Hans Van Baalen as new President

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.
Global Europe 16-10-2015

EPP leaders bang drum for European army

EXCLUSIVE / Centre-right leaders will greenlight a plan to move towards an EU defence union at the European People's Party congress in Madrid next week, EURACTIV.com has learned.

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