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  • Russia, NATO pledge warmer ties

    News | Global Europe 04-11-2010

    Russia pledged yesterday (3 November) to boost cooperation with NATO in Afghanistan and consider a joint missile defence shield, offering signs of better ties with its Cold War foes during a visit by the alliance's chief.

  • Weakened at home, Obama could turn to foreign policy

    News | Global Europe 04-11-2010

    US President Barack Obama could turn to foreign policy as a way to claw back popularity after his mid-term election setback, which has left him weakened in domestic politics, Reuters writes in an analysis piece.

  • EU’s Eastern initiative ‘not adequate’ for Azerbaijan

    News | Med & South 03-11-2010

    Araz Azimov, deputy foreign minister of Azerbaijan, said yesterday (2 November) that the Eastern Partnership, the EU's initiative for developing relations with its Eastern neigbours, was not adequate to address geopolitical challenges in the Caucasus.

  • A new beginning for NATO and Russia

    Opinion | Global Europe 21-10-2010

    Fulfilling the full potential of a NATO-Russia relationship is vital for the security of all, writes Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary-general of NATO.

  • Battered Sarkozy finds temporary refuge in world affairs

    News | Economy & Jobs 20-10-2010

    French President Nicolas Sakozy hosted a trilateral summit with Germany and Russia to prepare for his country's G20 presidency, finding temporary refuge in world affairs as more than a million people took to the streets of France over planned reform of the pension system.

  • The spectre of a multipolar Europe

    Opinion | Central Asia 19-10-2010

    On 18 October, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sat down to discuss a new European conception of global security and – with the current order dysfunctional and inadequate – it was high time to include Russia in the discussions, write Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard in a report for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

  • Merkel, Sarkozy agree on EU treaty change to handle crises

    News | Future EU 19-10-2010

    France and Germany called on European Union member states yesterday (18 October) to draw up proposals by next March for a permanent system to handle crises in the euro zone by suspending voting rights, admitting that it would mean changing the EU treaty.

  • German reunification and the new Europe

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 15-10-2010

    Germany is not primarily responsible for killing off the vision of a political Europe, writes Michel Rocard, a former prime minister of France and a former leader of the Socialist Party.

  • US wants EU to spend more on defence

    News | Global Europe 14-10-2010

    US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said ahead of talks with NATO allies today (14 October) that he was concerned by defence spending cuts in Europe that threatened to put more pressure on an increasingly stretched US military. European countries hit by the financial crisis are poised to make big cuts in defence budgets.

  • EU to up its defence against cyber attacks

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 30-09-2010

    The European Commission will today (30 September) propose new rules to increase the EU's protection against cyber-attacks, which have grown in number, scale and impact in recent years.

  • Ukraine: Shifting geopolitics

    News | Med & South 22-09-2010

    EU membership officially remains a strategic goal for the pro-Russian Ukrainian government in Kyiv, but the country also wants to boost cooperation in other directions – particulary with Moscow and Asian countries. EURACTIV Slovakia reports from a discussion held recently at the Krynica Economic Forum in Poland.

  • Obama ends Iraq war amid low-key atmosphere

    News | Brexit 01-09-2010

    No public festivities in the US and no statements from the EU – so far. The announcement by the White House of the end of the Iraq war, which took the lives of more than 4,700 coalition troops - including many Europeans - came amid a muted atmosphere.

  • EU-US to iron out differences at November summit

    News | Global Europe 18-08-2010

    The EU and the US are set to discuss their recent foreign and economic policy differences when they meet in Lisbon on 20 November, on the margins of a NATO summit, the European Commission announced yesterday (17 August).

  • Leaders tell Afghanistan to take control by 2014

    News | Global Europe 22-07-2010

    Afghan forces should be leading security operations throughout their country by 2014, an international conference said on Tuesday (20 July), and they should be aiming to take over from foreign troops in some areas this year.

  • Van Rompuy’s Balkan visit focuses on Kosovo

    News | Global Europe 06-07-2010

    On his first tour of the Western Balkan, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy condemned the recent violence in Kosovo and called for restraint and dialogue. An extraordinary session of the UN Security Council will be held on the matter today (6 July).

  • A Security Strategy for the 21st Century

    Opinion | Global Europe 17-06-2010

    US President Barack Obama's security strategy is a clear departure from that of its predecessor and a decisive step towards solving the challenges of the 21st century and preparing us for the world of tomorrow, writes Javier Solana, the European Union's former High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy.

  • Polarising Politics in Ukraine

    Opinion | Med & South 03-05-2010

    Viktor Yanukovych "needs to act like a unifying leader, not a divisive one," writes David Kramer, a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, in an April paper.

  • Russia in Europe and the West

    Opinion | Global Europe 08-04-2010

    Russia's ratification of European Court of Human Rights reform and debates about its strategic security relationship with NATO suggest that there could be a new turn in Moscow's relations with Europe and the transatlantic community, writes Michael Emerson, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in an April commentary.

  • Ukraine to stay out of military alliances

    News | Med & South 18-03-2010

    Viktor Yanukovich, Ukraine's newly-elected president, urged the country's governing coalition to push a new law that would prevent the country from joining any military alliances, according to reports in the national press.

  • Romania accepts US ‘invitation’ to host anti-missile shield

    News | Central Europe 05-02-2010

    President Traian Basescu announced on Thursday (4 February) that Romania's Supreme Defence Council had accepted an invitation from US President Obama to host an anti-missile shield. EURACTIV Romania reports.

  • NATO, Russia and European security

    Opinion | Global Europe 01-12-2009

    "Countries in Europe's east and north worry that Moscow is blundering into a confrontation with NATO" and they have good reason to be concerned, argues Tomas Valasek, director of foreign policy and defence at the Centre for European Reform (CER), in a November paper.

  • Russia proposes new Euro-Atlantic security treaty

    News | Global Europe 30-11-2009

    Russia published on 29 November its proposal for a new Euro-Atlantic security treaty that would restrict its ability to use military force unilaterally if the United States and its European allies agreed to do the same.

  • Obama ‘doesn’t care’ about Eastern Europe, analyst says

    News | Central Europe 02-11-2009

    US President Barack Obama sees Eastern Europe as a "Bush administration project" and is not conscious of the need to counter growing Russian influence there, Edward Lucas, who has been The Economist's correspondent for Eastern Europe for over 20 years, told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.

  • Questions raised over Afghan election legitimacy

    News | Global Europe 02-11-2009

    Amid growing doubt over whether the 7 November Afghan election run-off should go ahead with a single candidate, the US stated that the decision by presidential challenger Abdullah Abdullah to quit the run-off will not complicate President Barack Obama's deliberations on the war strategy.