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Global Europe 19-02-2018

‘Bad guy’ Russia emerges as central player in Western diplomacy

European and US officials divided over US President Donald Trump's foreign policy found common cause this weekend in decrying what they say is Russia's covert campaign to undermine Western democracies.
Politics 09-02-2018

France to spend €37 billion euros on upgrading nuclear arsenal

France is planning a €37-billion revamp of its nuclear arsenal over the next seven years, part of a sharp increase in defence spending aimed at allowing France to "hold its own" as a key power in Europe, the country's defence chief said yesterday (8 February).
Global Europe 08-02-2018

EU, NATO face growing threat of inadvertent military clash, report says

The erosion of arms control agreements, deployment of additional weapons and tensions over military exercises have increased the risk of an inadvertent armed clash between Europe and Russia, according to the 2018 Munich Security Report published today (8 February). 
Enlargement 07-02-2018

Macedonia ready to make concessions in name row

Macedonia, is ready to make concessions over its name by adding an extra geographic designation, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said yesterday (6 February), in a bid to end a long-running row with Greece.
Enlargement 05-02-2018

Commission keeps festering Macedonia name dispute at arm’s length

The European Commission made it clear on Monday (5 February) that it will not try to influence the UN-led talks to find a solution to the eternal name dispute between Greece and Macedonia, even though Jean-Claude Juncker is due to visit Skopje by the end of the month.
Elections 29-01-2018

Finns, worried by Russia, hand president huge election win

Finland's President Sauli Niinisto cruised to a rare first round election win on Sunday (28 January) after a campaign in which his delicate balancing of ties with neighbour Russia and the US-led NATO military alliance resonated with voters.
Enlargement 18-01-2018

Tensions grow before biggest secret is revealed: FYROM’s new name

The opposition VMRO-DPMNE of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in Skopje, possibly encouraged by Russia, is trying to hinder the resolution of a name dispute with Greece that has blocked the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) progress in joining NATO and the European Union.
Future EU 17-01-2018

Macron, May to sign new immigration treaty at bilateral UK summit

France and Britain will sign a new immigration treaty at a summit between President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain on Thursday (18 January), French officials said.
Enlargement 12-01-2018

Greece, Macedonia hope for UN proposal this month in chronic name dispute

Greece said yesterday (11 January) it and Macedonia hoped for progress in talks with a UN mediator on 17 January towards settling a long-running dispute over the latter country’s name that has held up Skopje’s EU membership prospects. Greek Foreign...
Global Europe 12-12-2017

Stoltenberg reappointed as NATO chief until 2020

NATO today (12 December) reappointed Jens Stoltenberg as secretary general to serve until 2020, as the alliance undergoes its biggest revamp since the Cold War to counter the perceived threat posed by Russia.
Enlargement 12-12-2017

EU advances membership talks for Montenegro, Serbia

The EU on Monday (11 December) opened new chapters in its membership talks with Montenegro and Serbia, countries which European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says he expects to join the bloc by 2025.
Global Europe 04-12-2017

Neutral Finland readies to celebrate 100 years of independence from Russia

A century after gaining independence from its powerful neighbour Russia, Finland continues to consolidate its ties to the West, as tensions flare between Moscow and the West.