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Enlargement 19-04-2019

North Macedonia presidential vote imperils Prespa agreement gains

North Macedonia holds the first round of its presidential election on Sunday (21 April), the country's first vote under a new name as it struggles with enduring economic problems, cronyism and corruption.

Turkey says it will look to Russia if US won’t sell F-35s

Turkey warned on Wednesday (10 April) that it could buy jets and additional air defense systems from Russia if it cannot get Patriot missile shields and F-35 jets from Washington, raising the prospect of ever deeper defense ties between Moscow and a NATO member.

Erdogan says Russian S-400s delivery may be brought forward

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the delivery of Russian S-400 missile defense systems may be brought forward from July, the Sabah newspaper reported on Wednesday (10 April), sticking to a purchase which has put Turkey at odds with NATO...

Germany on the defence over military spending shortfalls

Germany restated its commitment to higher defence spending on Wednesday (3 April), seeking to defuse tensions between Berlin and Washington after a storm of criticism from the Trump administration over Germany's shortfalls in NATO contributions.

Troubled by Russia, Stoltenberg pledges unity in Congress as NATO turns 70

"It’s good to have friends," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the US Congress in Washington on Wednesday (3 April), making a case for the survival of the transatlantic alliance.

Trump says NATO countries’ burden-sharing improving, wants more

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday (2 April) his pressure on NATO nations to pay more for their defence is leading to tens of billions of dollars more in contributions, but the allies may need to boost their budgets even more.
EU Elections 2019 03-04-2019

Victor Ponta: The ruling PSD in Romania is becoming like Fidesz

In a wide-ranging interview, the former Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who has founded a new centre-left force, Pro-Romania, doesn’t mince his words criticising his former party, the ruling PSD. The Party of European Socialists (PES) should, if necessary, show PSD the red card, he says.

The Brief – NATO’s black sheep

On 4 April 1949, after weeks of negotiations, twelve state leaders placed their signature on a document that laid the foundation of what some call "the most successful alliance" so far.

US halts F-35 equipment to Turkey, protests its plans to buy from Russia

The United States has halted delivery of equipment related to the stealthy F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey, marking the first concrete US step to block delivery of the jet to the NATO ally in light of Ankara’s planned purchase of a Russian missile defense system.
Enlargement 02-04-2019

Tsipras pays historic visit to North Macedonia

Greece's prime minister will on Tuesday (2 April) pay a historic visit to newly renamed North Macedonia to join in marking the end of a decades-long identity row between the two countries.
Enlargement 25-03-2019

Serbia marks 20 years since NATO bombing campaign

Serbia on Sunday (24 March) marked 20 years since the NATO air strikes that forced Belgrade to withdraw its troops from Kosovo, ending a conflict that claimed more than 13,000 lives.
Cybersecurity 20-03-2019

Gabriel on cybersecurity: ‘The world is watching us’

The EU's cybersecurity strategy is under the scrutiny of global actors, the EU's Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said on Tuesday (19 March). Her comments came at the European Court of Auditors criticised the 'fragmented' nature of cybersecurity policy across the continent.
Enlargement 19-03-2019

North Macedonia minister: NATO, not EU, saved name change deal

Without the prospect of joining NATO, the North Macedonia name change deal with Greece (Prespa Agreement) would have been dead because the EU side has not been delivering on its promises, North Macedonian deputy PM and defence minister, Radmila Šekerinska, has said.

French defence minister: ‘It’s called Article 5, not Article F-35’

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Monday (18 March) that Europe was concerned about the United States’ long-term commitment to NATO and implicitly criticised US President Donald Trump’s approach toward the military alliance.

Norway at odds with Russia over GPS jamming

Norway says it has electronic proof that Russian forces disrupted GPS signals during recent NATO exercises, and has demanded an explanation from its eastern neighbour, the Nordic country’s defense minister said on Monday (18 March).
Global Europe 12-03-2019

Amid transatlantic tensions, Stoltenberg to address US Congress for NATO anniversary

US Republican and Democrat leaders on Monday (11 March) invited NATO's Secretary-General to address lawmakers in Washington for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the alliance - despite tensions between European allies and President Donald Trump.
Enlargement 07-03-2019

Political alternative in Montenegro: few pros, many cons

Montenegro is facing Sophie's Choice - sacrificing its statehood or abandoning corrupt authorities, writes Vlado Vurušić, a journalist with EURACTIV.hr, in an analytical report from the country's capital Podgorica.

US and NATO step up presence in increasingly tense Black Sea region

To counter the growing Russian threat, there is a need for increased military presence across Europe and beyond, a top NATO commander in Europe told US lawmakers on Tuesday (5 March).
Global Europe 05-03-2019

Lukashenko seeks better ties with West despite Russian ‘hysteric’ reactions

Belarus will seek better ties with the West even though this provokes “hysterics” from its traditional ally Russia, long-serving President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday (5 March), a day after lifting a cap of five US diplomats in his country....
Enlargement 04-03-2019

Bosnian Serb leader: I have friends both in Moscow and Brussels

The Serb half of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to join the EU but opposes the Balkan country's plans to become part of NATO, the Serb chairman of Bosnia's tripartite presidency said on Monday (4 March). 
Cybersecurity 20-02-2019

Microsoft detects cyberattacks on EU research groups

Microsoft has detected a range of coordinated cyberattacks against European think tanks and non-profit organizations which focus on issues related to "democracy, electoral integrity, and public policy" and have close connections with government officials.

Demands for ‘more Europe in NATO’ as leaders gather for Munich Security Conference

Demands for a stronger EU and foreign policy, more commitments to NATO and concerns over Russia’s assertiveness were the leitmotifs as the 55th Munich Security Conference kicked off on Friday (15 February).

NATO in search of options to prepare for post-INF world

In the aftermath of US President Trump's withdrawal from the landmark nuclear arms-control accord earlier this month, NATO allies on Wednesday (13 January) met in Brussels to plan for a future that includes a “Russia with more missiles.”

Hungary warns Pompeo against Western ‘enormous hypocrisy’ toward Russia

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced hope Monday (11 February) that renewed American engagement with Hungary's Viktor Orbán would help steer the increasingly authoritarian leader away from Russian and Chinese influence.

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