Defence and security

A continent's preparations for a world of challenges
Europe's defence structure is taking shape. The EU in December 2017 launched a "permanent structured cooperation" on defence agreement (PESCO) across 25 countries to stimulate the development of military projects and the design of common defence equipment. As the United Kingdom and its powerful army prepare to leave the EU, new challenges to the security of the continent are emerging with the Islamist threat, growing tensions with Russia and pressure from migration. With this new common defence structure, will European countries redefine their relations with NATO? Will the EU live up to these new challenges?
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

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British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks about UK foreign policy and upholding the international order at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, August 21, 2018. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt sp […]

Britain urges US, Europe to ‘go further’ in countering Russia

Britain's new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt urges the US and Europe to do more to call out Russia's "malign behavior" and keep it in check, notably by implementing sanctions.
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