About: European defence

EU and NATO leaders aim to expand cooperation, despite dreams of ‘strategic autonomy’

EU leaders on Friday (26 February) debated efforts aimed at beefing up the bloc's defence capabilities. The discussion comes as ambitions of the EU as a 'geopolitical actor' remain unheeded.

US to push troop synchronisation between Europe and Africa commands

Moving troops between Africa and Europe more efficiently during a crisis is expected to be streamlined and allow better synchronisation between European NATO allies and Africa, US generals said on Tuesday (23 February).

New EU defence initiatives for old political problems

In security and defence, let-downs garner more attention than successes. The EU Global Strategy is a perfect example, writes Raluca Csernatoni.

Don’t forget about Europe’s Northern Partners 

In designing the European security architecture, how can Norwegian and EU priorities in defence and security be prudently squared against one another to ensure that both sides mutually benefit from the partnership, ask Kinga Brudzinska and Lucia Rybnikárová.

Europe must seize opportunity for stronger defence cooperation, says EDA chief

With the pressure in the EU’s strategic environment mounting, the bloc should not miss the opportunity of starting to use all the tools at hand to increase its defence cooperation, Jiří Šedivý, chief executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA)...

Spain’s PM sides with Germany over importance of US security role

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez backed Germany's view that Europe would not be able to provide for its own security without US and NATO help, distancing him from a call by France for an independent European defence strategy.

EU lacks defence capabilities to meet ‘strategic autonomy’ goals

The EU's first-ever defence review painted a gloomy picture for the bloc's ability to achieve  'strategic autonomy. Experts also believe the EU is not doing enough to address major shortfalls.

How to further develop European security and defence cooperation

As the world struggles with a global pandemic, the US navigates its post-election reality and China’s role on a world stage is changing, European defence cooperation is ever more important. Poland, due to our very particular historic experience, is dedicating...
Global Europe 02-11-2020

Biden or Trump? What the US election could mean for Europe’s foreign policy

After four years of Donald Trump, the EU’s foreign policy finds itself in choppy waters. Here is an overview of some of the major areas where Trump and Joe Biden have different approaches and how they could affect Europe. EU’s...

Defence agenda: Defence initiatives and squabbling allies

The second half of 2020 will be crucial for a range of European defence initiatives. It will also be crunch-time for Europeans to make yet another attempt at sorting out security matters on the global stage. Below, we update you...

The budget deal and EU defence cooperation: What are the implications?

Most headlines on the EU budget deal will focus on the response to Covid-19. But the new budget will include billions for new EU defence initiatives, writes Niklas Novaky.

EU must prevent defence budget from being ‘infected’ by virus, officials warn

With the EU struggling to adjust to the current geopolitical reality and new EU defence initiatives under increasing pressure to deliver results, cuts to the bloc's defence budget would be counter-productive, EU defence officials and ministers warned ahead of a crucial EU budget summit on Friday (17 July).

EU lawmakers call on Commission to preserve budget funding for military mobility

A cross-party group of 45 MEPs called on European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell and Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Tuesday (9 June) to maintain the bloc's ambition on military mobility in the next seven-year budget.

Armed drones contentious in German disarmament debate

Germany has reopened a controversial debate over whether its armed forces should be trusted to operate armed drones. While an agreement seems far off, the debate could soon get a European twist.

It’s time to vaccinate Europe’s defence budgets

Europe’s armed forces are rightfully being applauded for their efforts in limiting the disastrous effects of COVID-19, but the test of whether European militaries are truly valued will be measured over the next few years as pressure on defence budgets mount, write Daniel Fiott, Torben Schütz and Marcin Terlikowski.

Work with Turkey, NATO tells EU amid migrant crisis

With tensions growing and accusations flying between Turkey and the EU over an escalating migrant crisis, the head of NATO has warned Europe it must find a way to work with "important ally" Ankara.

Berlin wants to open Franco-German arms projects for European partners

Germany's defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Thursday (13 February) she is willing to open the current Franco-German arms projects to other European partners.

France kickstarts European mission in the Strait of Hormuz

France announced on Thursday (30 January) the beginning of the European Maritime Awareness mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASoH), intended to ensure the freedom of navigation in the Gulf while promoting a de-escalation approach with Iran.

Von der Leyen fails to convince that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’

New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was put on the spot during her visit to Zagreb on Friday (10 January). Asked how she would prove that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’, given the EU's weak response to growing challenges in the region, von der Leyen failed to provide convincing answers.
Global Europe 26-12-2019

Wind of change in Europe’s defence policy

As Europe struggles with financial and political obstacles besetting its joint defence policy efforts, and NATO faces internal rifts and an increasingly assertive Russia and China, here are six issues to watch in Europe's security and defence in 2020.
Global Europe 12-11-2019

EU expands military cooperation with 13 new joint projects

EU defence ministers on Tuesday (12 November) signed off on the third wave of 13 new proposals under the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework, raising the number of agreed joint military projects to 47 initiatives.
Aerospace 28-10-2019

Europe’s fighter jets of the future on collision course?

The European defence market is looking towards two sixth-generation aircraft programmes – the Franco-German-Spanish Future Combat Aircraft System (FCAS) and the British-led Tempest fighter project. While pressure is mounting on EU member states to pick sides, the question of whether both projects can ultimately coexist remains.

EU defence funding far too small for big ambitions: report

EU's objective to increase defence spending to €22.5 billion over the next decade is insufficient for its ambitions in the sector, the European Court of Auditors said Thursday (12 September) in its annual review paper on the bloc's defence cooperation and policy.

Macron hails common European defence at Paris parade

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday (14 July) sought to showcase European military cooperation in France's annual Bastille Day parade that included representatives of nine other European armies in a show of unity at a time of growing tensions between Europe and the United States.
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