About: European defence

With Nordics set to join NATO, Estonia wants to close Baltic security gaps

In Estonia, Finland and Sweden's looming NATO accession is seen as a spectacular flop for Russia's President Vladimir Putin and an opportunity to close a gap in Baltic Sea security.

With war at its doorstep, EU agrees to move on defence

Drawing quick lessons from Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine, EU leaders agreed on Friday (11 March) to collectively "resolutely bolster investment" in defence capabilities and "substantially increase" defence spending across the bloc.

LEAK: Russia’s war on Ukraine rewrites EU’s upcoming military strategy

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has become the red thread running through the EU's upcoming military strategy document, the latest version of which has been seen by EURACTIV.
Europe's East 01-03-2022

Ukraine war is ‘birth of geopolitical Europe’, EU top diplomat says

The European Union must significantly increase its capacity to deter wars, its foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told EU lawmakers on Tuesday (1 March), addressing the second 'taboo' in a few days, after the bloc approved supplying arms to Ukraine.
Europe's East 28-02-2022

EU breaks ‘taboo’ to finance purchase and delivery of weapons to Ukraine

In a 'watershed moment' for its defence policy, the EU on Sunday (28 February) agreed to unblock some €500 million for members states to buy arms for Ukraine's armed forces, hoping to stop Russia's invasion.

European Commission proposes tax incentives for EU armament projects

The EU is considering waiving VAT when buying defence equipment produced in Europe in order to promote joint armaments projects, according to a defence policy proposal presented by the European Commission on Tuesday (15 February).
Global Europe 13-01-2022

Stronger support for Eastern partners finds way into amended EU military strategy proposal

Amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine, the EU is set to enshrine stronger support, including in security and defence, for its Eastern partners, according to the latest version of the bloc’s upcoming military strategy document, seen by EURACTIV. “The EU...

EU-US to start new defence and security dialogue in early 2022

A previously touted US-EU dialogue on security and defence is set to be launched in early 2022, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell announced in a statement on Friday (3 December).

LEAK: What the EU’s future military strategy could look like

The blueprint of the so-called Strategic Compass, the European Union’s upcoming military strategy document, seen by EURACTIV, will be formally submitted to EU foreign ministers next Monday (15 November).

EU leaders caught in either-or argument over European defence strategy

Amid disunity over the way forward on European defence, EU leaders discussed on Tuesday night (5 October) whether the bloc should enhance its capacity to act independently while strengthening its partnership with NATO.

MEPs stress need for strategic autonomy amid debate on EU-US relations

Ahead of voting on a report on the future of the EU-US relations in the European Parliament on Wednesday (October 6),  lawmakers discussed EU strategic autonomy and asserted the need for the bloc to keep its American ally close.

EU touts ‘paradigm shift’ in defence as it inaugurates new fund

The European Commission has formally launched an €8 billion European Defence Fund (EDF), a new instrument designed to co-finance collaborative defence research and development projects across the bloc.

NATO summit: A key test for Biden’s reset with Europe

After an identity crisis over the past years, NATO leaders will gather in Brussels on Monday (14 June), for a summit to re-orient the alliance, sandwiched between the G7 summit in Britain and an EU–US summit right after. EURACTIV looked...

Turkey’s participation request in EU military project apprehended as ‘Trojan horse’

NATO member Turkey has submitted an application to participate in one of the EU's Dutch-led military project on military mobility, despite tense relations with Greece and Cyprus. While the request is being reviewed, EU diplomats are split over Ankara's possible participation.

US, Norway, Canada among first foreign countries to join EU military mobility project

EU defence ministers on Thursday (6 May) agreed to allow the United States, Norway and Canada to join the bloc's project on military mobility, seen as the ‘silver bullet’ for EU-NATO defence cooperation and designed to ensure seamless movement of military equipment across the EU in response to crises.

EU seeks rapid response military force, two decades after first try

Fourteen EU countries, including Germany and France, have proposed a rapid military response force that could intervene early in international crises, a senior EU official said on Wednesday, two decades after a previous attempt. The countries say the EU should...

EU adopts €5billion fund to train and equip foreign military forces

Despite criticism from European lawmakers and advocacy groups, the EU adopted the €5 billion worth French-brokered European Peace Facility (EPF) on Monday (22 March), which will open the door for the bloc to deliver military aid to partner countries and...

UK gives priority to Indo-Pacific region as part of foreign policy revamp

The UK is set to shift its focus from Europe to the Indo-Pacific region as part of a planned revamp of its foreign, trade and defence policy announced on Tuesday (16 March), which made scarce references to a future EU-UK...

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).

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.
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...