# Defence and security

French army 'Leclerc'-type tanks take part in the 'Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2017' exercise at the exercise area in Grafenwoehr, near Eschenbach, southern Germany, on May 11, 2017. Photo: Christof Stache / AFP
French army 'Leclerc'-type tanks take pa […]

EU defence gets 20-billion-euro budget boost

The EU has announced plans to spend nearly 20 billion euros on defence over its next long-term budget, as the bloc seeks to boost its resilience to the perceived threat from Russia
ARCHIVE - 22.03.2018, Belgium, Brussels: British Prime Minister Theresa May (M) sits between French President Emmanuel Macron (l) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (r) just before their tripartite meeting at the EU summit. (to dpa "Macron: Berlin, Paris and London regret US exit" from 08.05.2018) Photo: Francois Lenoir / Pool Reuters / dpa +++ (c) dpa - Visual Communication +++
ARCHIVE - 22.03.2018, Belgium, Brussels: […]

EU vows to preserve Iran deal as relations with US enter crossroads

The European Union has been using all diplomatic channels to convince US President Donald Trump to stick with the Iran nuclear deal. With Trump deciding to go against the EU's pleas and withdraw his country from the agreement, EU-US relations might be coming to a breaking point.
US army officers stand in front a US Patriot missile defence system during a joint Israeli-US military exercise at the Hatzor Airforce Base in Israel on March 8, 2018. Photo: Jack Guez / AFP
US army officers stand in front a US Pat […]

Poland buys US Patriot anti-missile system for $4.8 bn

Poland has signed a $4.75 billion (3.8-billion-euro) contract to purchase a US-made Patriot anti-missile system, a move that is likely to irk Russia as East-West tensions rise.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron stand behind a model of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace before talks in Berlin on April 19, 2018. Photo: Kay Nietfeld / POOL / AFP
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and […]

Germany hits brakes on Macron’s European dreams

French President Emmanuel Macron's vision for a stronger EU may be under threat as a growing rift emerges with Germany on everything from defence to his plans for deeper eurozone integration.
French tank soldiers drive 'Leclerc' tanks during the 'Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2017' exercise in Grafenwoehr, near Eschenbach, southern Germany, on May 12, 2017. Photo: Christophe Stache / AFP
French tank soldiers drive 'Leclerc' tan […]

EU tackles tank transport troubles in face of Russia threat

The EU has launched plans to make it easier to move troops and equipment around the bloc as Europe seeks to boost its defences in the face of the growing threat from Russia.