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Elections 19-05-2022

No ‘immediate exit’ from NATO for Mélenchon, but a vote in Parliament

French parliament would vote on the country's membership in NATO if radical left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon wins the June legislative elections and is nominated prime minister, the France Insoumise chief suggested on Thursday (19 May). EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 19-05-2022

How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

When Finland and Sweden signalled they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its own.
Global Europe 17-05-2022

Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia

Ukraine's military said on Tuesday (16 May) it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged steel plant in Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment.

Sweden takes formal decision to apply for NATO membership

Sweden’s Social Democrat minority government on Monday (16 May) decided it will formally apply for NATO membership, following in the footsteps of its neighbour Finland.

Neutral Switzerland leans closer to NATO in response to Russia

Switzerland's fabled neutral status is about to face its biggest test in decades, with the defence ministry tilting closer to Western military powers in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Global Europe 16-05-2022

Battle rages for Ukrainian region of Donbas

Russia pummelled positions in the east of Ukraine on Sunday (15 May), its defence ministry said, as it sought to encircle Ukrainian forces in the battle for Donbas and fend off a counteroffensive around the strategic Russian-controlled city of Izium.
Global Europe 15-05-2022

Global Europe Brief: Will Turkey be a stumbling block for NATO enlargement?

In this week’s edition: Nordic NATO bid, Foreign Affairs Council preview and Ukraine latest.
Global Europe 15-05-2022

Ukraine wages counteroffensive against Russian forces in east

Ukrainian forces have launched a counteroffensive near the Russian-held town of Izium in eastern Ukraine, a regional governor said on Saturday (14 May), in what could prove a serious setback for Moscow's plans to capture the entire Donbas region.
Global Europe 13-05-2022

Lavrov says EU becoming ‘aggressive, militant, NATO appendage’

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday (13 May) said he doubted the motives of Ukraine's intention of joining the European Union, while accusing Brussels of ambitions beyond the European continent.

Erdogan says Turkey not supportive of Finland, Sweden joining NATO

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday (13 May) it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans by Sweden and Finland to join the pact, saying the Nordic countries were “home to many terrorist organisations”. Finland’s plan to apply...

Swedish security report says NATO membership would deter conflict

A day after Finland’s leaders said the country must seek NATO membership for its own security’s sake, Sweden published a revised security policy review from parliamentary parties on Friday (13 May), highlighting the advantage of becoming a member of the...

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.
Global Europe 13-05-2022

Czech EU presidency to prioritise fight against hybrid threats, deputy minister says

The Czech EU Council presidency will put the focus on hybrid threats, by accelerating discussions about disinformation and interference set out in the EU’s Strategic Compass, Deputy Minister of Defence Jan Havranek told EURACTIV.

Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay, leaders say

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Thursday (12 May) officially endorsed the idea that their country should join NATO.
Global Europe 12-05-2022

NATO to welcome Nordic members as Ukraine pushes back Russian forces

Finland is expected to announce on Thursday (12 May) its intention to join NATO with Sweden likely to follow soon after, diplomats and officials said, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine reshapes European security and the Atlantic military alliance.

MEP: Sweden’s NATO policy ‘not democratically responsible’

Sweden's ruling Social Democrats have not given proper treatment to the subject of the country's possible NATO membership, a move that could raise tensions in northern Europe and therefore requires a wider democratic debate, a Swedish EU lawmaker told EURACTIV in an interview.

NATO says it’s ready to back Kyiv for years in war against Russia

NATO is ready to maintain its support for Ukraine in the war against Russia for years, including help for Kyiv to shift from Soviet-era weapons to modern Western arms and systems, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday (28 April).

US to host Ukraine-focused defence talks at Germany’s Ramstein air base

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin will host Ukraine-focused defence talks with allies at Ramstein Air Base in Germany next week, the Pentagon said on Thursday (21 April).
Global Europe 21-04-2022

Russian invasion has not shifted opinion: Ireland will remain neutral

While the Russian invasion of Ukraine has shifted moods in other parts of the EU, Ireland’s attachment to the policy of neutrality makes it unlikely that it will seek to join NATO in the future, writes Dick Roche.
Global Europe 19-04-2022

Lavrov says Russia will not hit Ukraine with nukes

Russia will use only conventional weapons in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in response to a question about the possible use of nuclear arms in the war.

Finland to decide on NATO membership ‘within weeks’, Sweden could follow suit

Finland will take a decision about whether to apply to join NATO in the next few weeks, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday (13 April), underlining a shift in security perspectives since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Eyeing Russia, Finland and Sweden edge closer to a NATO future

Finland and Sweden are edging closer to joining NATO. Helsinki is expected to produce a report on the country's security policy this Thursday (13 April), which could present a key step toward its application.
Global Europe 05-04-2022

Will ‘Postpolitik’ replace ‘Ostpolitik’?

The policy of pragmatic coexistence with autocratic Russia is now recycled in the hands of Russia’s ‘Trojan horses’ in the EU and Vučić’s Serbia, writes Radan Kanev.
Global Europe 30-03-2022

US ‘liaising’ with Ukrainian forces in Poland, not ‘training’ them

The Pentagon clarified that US troops in Poland were "liaising" with Ukrainian forces as they hand over weapons to them, but they were not training them "in the classic sense" following remarks from President Joe Biden on the matter.