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French President Emmanuel Macron (3rdL) reviews French Navy personnel aboard the French Mistral Class assault ship and helicopter carrier 'Dixmude' at the Toulon Naval Base in Toulon, southern France, on January 19, 2018. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron (3rdL) […]

Britain backs French plan for European defence force: minister

Britain is backing a French plan to create a European military intervention force as a way to maintain strong defence ties with the EU after Brexit, a minister tells AFP
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
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.
ARCHIVE - 07.08.2014, Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart: A construction worker works on a construction site on a cement tank. (to dpa: "Construction boom: Baden-Württemberg must trash waste in other countries" from 30.01.2018) Photo: Sebastian Kahnert / dpa +++ (c) dpa - Bildfunk +++
ARCHIVE - 07.08.2014, Baden-Württemberg […]

Eurozone unemployment fell further to 8.5 per cent in February

Europe's economic recovery is rolling ahead, driving down unemployment to the lowest in nearly a decade.
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.
The EU estimates US tariffs will cost it some €2.8 billion so is "preparing import duties for US products including Harley-Davidson, Bourbon and Levi's jeans" Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP
The EU estimates US tariffs will cost it […]

Bourbon, cheroots and steel: EU’s US trade war hitlist

From blue jeans to motorbikes and whiskey, the EU's hitlist of products to target for tariffs in the event of a trade war with the US reads like a catalogue of emblematic American exports.
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