# Defence and security

A policeman aims an LBD 40 40-millimetre rubber defensive bullet launcher with an attached camera during clashes with protesters in Paris on February 2, 2019
A policeman aims an LBD 40 40-millimetre […]

Riot control guns: the different choices made by European nations

The use of rubber bullets by security forces has become a source of controversy in France because of dozens of injuries to people during violent demonstration by "yellow vest" protesters
04 November 2018, France (France), Straßburg: French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte pass the republican guard at a concert for peace in Europe in Strasbourg Cathedral. The occasion is the end of the First World War and the return of Alsace-Lorraine to France 100 years ago. Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa
04 November 2018, France (France), Stra […]

Macron: Europe needs ‘real European army’

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that Europeans cannot be protected without a European army.
France's President Emmanuel Macron addresses students at the North Rhine-Westphalia technical university in Aachen, western Germany, on May 10, 2018. Photo: Ludovic Marin / AFP
France's President Emmanuel Macron addre […]

Macron’s EU vision: how has it fared 12 months on?

On September 26 last year, Emmanuel Macron laid out his vision for a reformed EU to blunt the rise of nationalism and ensure the bloc has a future as an independent actor on the world stage.
Heavy armed German soldiers secure the departure of Defense Minister von der Leyen on 19.12.2016 in Gao, in the north of Mali, at the airport Camp Campor. Photo: Kay Nietfeld/dpa/archive
Heavy armed German soldiers secure the d […]

Macron pushes for EU security amid flagging US promises

President Trump has left many allies wondering if the US would jump in to help in case of an emergency. Now the French President is calling on the EU to review its security and defence policies.
People demonstrate in Prague against the Czech government's ties to the Communist Party during commemorations marking the 50th anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of former Czechoslovakia in 1968. The placards read "who rules with Communists defames the memory of the victims of Soviet invasion". Photo: Michal Cizek / AFP
People demonstrate in Prague against the […]

Czechs protest government, 50 years after Soviets crushed Prague Spring

Czechs and Slovaks mark 50 years since Soviet tanks crushed the "Prague Spring", while protesters use anniversary to rail against Czech government's ties to the Communist Party.