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Europe's East 01-12-2020

Budapest summons Ukrainian ambassador over ‘raids’ on ethnic Hungarian organisation

Hungary summoned the Ukrainian ambassador and accused its neighbor of intimidation on Monday (30 November) after Ukraine’s state security service (SBU) raided the offices of ethnic Hungarians, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said.

New NATO report recommends more political role for the Western alliance

After French President Emmanuel Macron said NATO was suffering “brain death” last year, a report to be published on Tuesday (1 December) on reforming the alliance proposes solutions on how to stay relevant in face of new challenges from Russia...

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.

Post-Brexit UK to unveil biggest defence budget hike in 30 years, despite pandemic

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Thursday (18 November) the biggest increase in British defence spending since the end of the Cold War, EURACTIV has learned.

Turkey frets as industry applauds deal to access EU military projects

Although the EU has recently agreed on a set of conditions for third countries to join its defence programmes, Turkey is likely to remain outside the framework. As EURACTIV first reported in late October, EU27 agreed on conditions to allow...
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...
Global Europe 02-11-2020

Germany hopes a Biden presidency could bring a wind of change

Many in Donald Trump's administration see Germany as its main ideological antagonist on the global stage. After next week's US presidential election, Berlin is hoping for a “new beginning in the transatlantic partnership”, whoever wins.

Gender equality in defence and security bodies is 100 years away: new index

Although women make up roughly half of the world's population, they remain largely underrepresented in the traditionally male-dominated domain of foreign and defence policy, a newly launched index has found. 

NATO seeks ways of protecting undersea cables from Russian attacks

NATO defence ministers on Thursday (22 October) discussed the protection of critical infrastructure such as submarine cables under the Atlantic, amid growing concerns those could be cut or tapped.
Global Europe 22-10-2020

Ukraine is a valuable ally in defeating Russian disinformation

Ukraine, the laboratory of Russia’s disinformation techniques, wants to work closely with the EU and NATO to defeat disinformation together, writes Andriy Yermak.

Eyeing extraterrestrial threats, NATO to set up new space centre in Germany

NATO defence ministers on Thursday (22 October) are expected to approve a plan to create a new space centre at the alliance's Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, in response to growing concerns over protecting satellite and navigation assets from enemy interference.
Global Europe 19-10-2020

EU-US alliance ‘on life support’ after four years of Trump

Back in 2016, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted Donald Trump's victory with an extraordinary warning: that she would work with the US president on the condition that he respects democratic values. Things did not improve from there.
Azerbaijan 05-10-2020

NATO chief says expects Turkey to calm Karabakh conflict

The head of NATO said Monday (5 October) he expected Turkey -- a key ally of Azerbaijan -- to use its "considerable" influence to calm the conflict in the Armenian separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijan 02-10-2020

Macron demands Turkey explain ‘jihadists’ in Azerbaijan

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday (2 October) demanded that Turkey explain what he said was the arrival of jihadist fighters in Azerbaijan -- and urged NATO to face up to its ally's actions.

Lukashenko closes borders with Poland and Lithuania, says he doesn’t want ‘war’

Belarus will close its borders with EU neighbours Poland and Lithuania and step up security measures at the Ukrainian frontier, President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Thursday (17 September).
Eastern Europe 17-09-2020

MEPs praise Georgian political dialogue and COVID response, call for continued reforms

The European parliament on Wednesday (16 September) with overwhelming majority praised Georgia’s progress but called on the EU and NATO hopeful to press on with justice reforms and depoliticisation of the judiciary. Following the adoption of the report, the Georgian...
Global Europe 14-09-2020

Turkish vessel leaves contested waters in eastern Med

A Turkish research ship at the centre of a row with Greece over gas exploration has left disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean and returned to the coast in a move hailed as a "positive first step" by the Greek prime minister.
Global Europe 04-09-2020

Stoltenberg: NATO to focus on East-Med de-confliction, leaves diplomacy to Germany

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg clarified on Friday (4 September) that his statement about a deal for dialogue between Greece and Turkey referred to “technical talks” to defuse tensions and complement the diplomatic part that remains in the hands of EU presidency-holder Germany.

NATO calls for ‘international response’ in Navalny case, but stops short of sanctions

A special meeting of NATO ambassadors on Friday (4 September) condemned the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as an "unacceptable breach of international law" and announced “consultations on further steps regarding Russia". It, however, stopped short of sanctions.

Greece overrules NATO’s announced launch of dialogue with Turkey

Athens denied on Thursday (3 September) a statement by NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Greece and Turkey had agreed to technical talks to defuse tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. Greek diplomatic sources said the only way to de-escalate was for...
03-09-2020

EU condemns ‘in the strongest possible terms’ Navalny’s poisoning

The European Union condemned "in the strongest possible terms" on Wednesday (2 September) the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and called on Russia to thoroughly investigate the assassination attempt and bring those responsible to justice.

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...
Eastern Europe 21-08-2020

US report on Georgia: Political will needed to cement the democratic elections

A prestigious non-partisan US institute gave a generally positive assessment of the recent electoral reforms in Georgia, a country in the EU's neighbourhoud nourishing hopes to join the Union and NATO.  
Global Europe 13-08-2020

Macron: France to bolster Mediterranean military presence over Turkish prospecting

France will increase its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday (12 August), calling on Turkey to halt oil and gas exploration in disputed waters that has heightened tensions with Greece.
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