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A police officer looks at a destroyed house after shelling in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region's main city of Stepanakert on October 7, 2020. Photo: Aris Messinis / AFP
A police officer looks at a destroyed ho […]

Shadow of history makes Karabakh solution elusive

Two weeks into the fiercest fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh since a 1990s war, analysts say the historical burden is making a long-term agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan elusive
A handout photo released by the Greek National Defence Ministry on August 26, 2020 shows ships of the Hellenic Navy taking part in a military exercise in the eastern Mediterranean on August 25, 2020.
A handout photo released by the Greek Na […]

After US boost, Greece looks for EU backing on Turkey talks

Greece looks for EU support this week in tough upcoming talks with Turkey over maritime borders and energy exploration after securing a diplomatic boost from the visiting US secretary of state
File photo taken on January 7, 2015 shows hooded gunmen Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said Kouachi facing police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Photo: Anne Gelbard / AFP
File photo taken on January 7, 2015 show […]

Mutating terror threat still looms over Europe

The terrorist threat against Europe has mutated in the last half-decade as jihadist groups have seen their Middle East sanctuaries eroded, but analysts say the West must remain braced for more attacks
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.