Defense & Security

What can be done to save Hong Kong?

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It is becoming increasingly clear, as the Hong Kong protests continue, that the Chinese Communist Party will be forced to make a choice - either a bloody, military crackdown (the more likely of the...

When Leninists overreach

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Ongoing street protests in Hong Kong and Moscow have no doubt spooked the authoritarian duo of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Moscow protests, the largest in many years, must...

EP president urges Italian government to let all migrant ship passengers disembark

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The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has urged the Italian government to allow the Open Arms migrant ship to dock on the island of Lampedusa and allow the more than 100 illegal...

Tense encounter between Russian and Spanish jetfighters over the Baltic Sea

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A Spanish F-18 fighter and a Russian Su-27 were involved in a tense encounter over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, as seen in a video released by Russia’s Defense Ministry. The Spanish F-18 took makes...

Gibraltar considers the release of Iranian tanker

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British authorities remain in talks with Iran regarding the release of an oil tanker that was captured by Royal Marines in July after British authorities discovered that the ship was bound for Syria, which...

Pentagon says ISIS is moving to reconstitute itself in Syria

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ISIS is making a comeback in Syria at a time when the United States is largely drawing down its troop presence in the country, according to a Pentagon report. "Although it has lost its territory,...

Bosnia’s authorities draw cautious praise from Brussels after agreeing to form Council of Ministers

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Nearly 10 months after Bosnia and Herzegovina's last round of elections, the leaders of country's three main ethnoreligious groups finally reached an agreement to form a central government on 4 August, news that the...

Brussels warns that several EU members could be sent to Court of Justice over...

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The European Commission has threatened 19 of the EU's 28 members that they could be sent to the bloc's Court of Justice if they continue to fail at cracking down on the sale of firearms. Brussels signalled out Cyprus,...

Germany to meet NATO’s 2% defence spending benchmark

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Germany's new defence minister and successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel in the leadership of the Christian Democrats (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK), says Germany will meet NATO’s 2% defence spending benchmark by 2024. The former Defense...

Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation and a threat to Europe

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If Europe is serious about combating antisemitism, the Lebanon-based global terror group Hezbollah must be stopped in its tracks. As we marked on 18 July the seventh anniversary of the suicide bombing in Burgas,...

US removes Turkey from F35 co-production programme

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Turkey has been formally ousted from the US-led F-35 fighter jet programme in response to Ankara’s decision to go ahead and receive the Russian S-400 Triumf missile system. Washington had warned Turkey that it would...

Police uncover weapons cache linked to the Italian far-right

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The Italian police uncovered a huge weapons haul that included an air-to-air missile, machine guns and rocket launchers that belonged to a far-right group. Three arrests were made, including the 50-year-old former customs fraud inspector...

The sky didn’t fall in Ukraine

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What so many Ukrainian voters were afraid of simply did not happen. After being sworn in as president, Volodymyr Zelensky did not attempt to establish closer relations with Russia. Whether he would have liked...

Mogherini says “there is no alternative” to Iran nuclear deal

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The EU’s External Action Service chief Federica Mogherini invited Iran on Monday to “reverse its steps” and go back to the 2015 nuclear deal. Addressing the press after a foreign ministers council in Brussels, Mogherini...

Washington to impose sanctions against Turkey

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Turkey received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence S-400 Triumf system on Friday, paving the way for a clash with Washington. The first components of the system were flown by a Russian...

Turkey defies Washington to receive Russian S-400 system

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Turkey is expected to take delivery of the first shipment of a $2,5bn Russian S-400 Triumph air defence system, defying US pressure. Washington is threatening Ankara with sanctions over the acquisition of one of the...

Germany refuses to sent ground troops to Syria

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The US envoy for Syria James Jeffrey has asked the German government to commit ground troops to support the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria, easing the burden on Washington, according to Welt...

Sweden joins the British Jet-fighter program

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Sweden will join the British sixth-generation jet-fighter programme Tempest, to be completed by 2035. The Tempest programme is developed by BAE Systems, that is, a consortium that includes Rolls-Royce, MBDA and the UK arm of...

Europe can help restore Ukraine’s trust after PACE decision

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The recent decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe – PACE – to return the Russian delegation to full parliamentary assembly activities sparked an extremely negative reaction from the majority of...

Trump strikes conciliatory tone with Turkey over S-400

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US President Donald Trump blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for the current standoff between Washington and Ankara over defence procurement. Turkey is bracing to receive the S-400 Russian air defence system in the first half...

Europe and Asia step up to salvage Iran nuclear deal

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Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi confirmed on Friday that his country will scale back on its commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if Europe does not fulfil its economic...

NATO needs unity

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During the same week that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe – PACE – voted to allow Russia back into Europe’s main human rights body five years after being barred for invading neighbouring Ukraine,...

German companies exported weapons-grade chemicals to Syria

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The Essen-based chemical wholesaler Brenntag denied on Wednesday that it has circumvented EU export rules and Swiss law to facilitate the export of chemicals to Syria in 2014. The German company’s Swiss subsidiary supplied isopropanol...

Europe can help Georgia’s protestors preserve the country’s hard-won freedom

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There are not a lot of things in this world that we agree on. Left or Right. For or against immigration. Netflix or the big screen. Still, there are a few that we do...

Making peace with violence and a disinformation machine

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On 24 June, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) reinstalled Russia’s voting rights in the institution charged with upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The rights were suspended...

MH17 suspects are hardly a surprise

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Five years after Moscow launched operations in Ukraine that were aimed at dismembering the country and leaving its existence in doubt following the overthrow of a pro-Russian oligarchic regime, the international community revisited the...

Salvini could make Italy the US’ indispensable partner in Western Europe

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In his recent trip to Washington, DC, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini declared his government’s intention to forge an ever-closer relationship with the United States, with Salvini saying that the Americans can be...

What Putin’s new citizenship initiative would mean for Ukraine

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Since the recent presidential elections ended in a landslide victory for Volodymyr Zelensky some signs of a possible political and economic revival have been noticed in Ukraine. The very electoral victory of the Zelensky...

EU considers freezing Customs Union negotiations with Turkey

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Amid growing concerns about the aggressive offshore drilling activities that are currently being carried out near the Cypriot coast by the Turkish government, the European Union is mulling putting Ankara's accession chapters under discussion ahead of the European Council...

Italy and France to join forces in military shipbuilding

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France’s state-owned Naval Group and Italy’s Fincantieri have signed a 50-50 joint venture that will allow them to pursue military procurement contracts worth €5 billion to that would see the bi-national company build 10-15 warships...

It’s high time for Plahotniuc to leave the scene

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From time to time the small, poor country of Moldova gets into the news headlines. So it was in 2009 when the parliament and presidency were burned in, up to now, unclear circumstances. Then...

Zelensky must choose battles wisely to avoid a political Mexican Standoff

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One evening in the hot summer of 2015 anyone who was someone in the political circles in Kyiv gathered at the residence of Simon Smith, the UK ambassador, as he was moving to his...

US and Poland announce major troop deal

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US President Donald J. Trump plans to send 1,000 more troops to Poland in the coming months, a move that will be welcomed by the Polish government but which falls short of the establishment of a...

Enlargement, going back to square one

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North Macedonia and Albania are inexorably tied by the delay in their long course to join Europe, yet for different reasons. Albania has the perpetual problem of narcotics production that cannot be overcome unless Tirana...

US and Poland inch closer to ‘Fort Trump’ deal

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The US and Poland are close to signing a deal that would see the establishment of a permanent American military base in Poland. US President Donald J. Trump and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, are due to meet on 12 June...

Malaysia wants to barter palm oil for European-made jet fighters

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Malaysia is planning to use palm oil to buy military equipment, including European fighter jets, as part of a move to reinstate an exchange practice that the Southeast Asian country used in the 1990s. Along with...

Zelensky restores Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship

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Just over a week after being inaugurated as Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky issued an executive order on Tuesday that overturned a July 2017 decree by his successor, Petro Poroshenko, that illegally stripped Georgia’s ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili...