Defense & Security

An alliance at odds with itself

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With internal tensions running at an all-time high ahead of a key meeting in London, NATO has again found itself in turmoil after Germany and France exchanged terse words over the future direction of...

Turkey accuses France of sponsoring terrorism

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Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday of being a “sponsor of terrorism." Macron “is already the sponsor of the terrorist organisation and constantly hosts them at the Elysee,” Cavusoglu...

Merkel commits to NATO 2% expenditure threshold

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With days to go before NATO’s Summit in the UK, Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated Germany’s commitment to NATO. NATO is more essential to Germany and Europe today than during the Cold War, Merkel said. In...

Britain steps up commitment to European Space Agency

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The UK is expected to raise its subscription to the European Space Agency. The British delegation in Seville, Spain, was instructed to raise British government support for the agency, as the UK aims to remain...

Future of Iran nuclear deal to be decided on December 6

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The signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are reviewing their commitment to the framework agreement as Tehran is gradually disengaging. The so-called E3 plus 2 Commission is due to meet in Vienna on December...

Merkel’s successor moves to consolidate CDU leadership

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The successor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the leadership of the ruling Christian Democratic Party (CDU) moved to consolidate her position on Friday. In a 90-minute speech delivered at the CDU’s conference in Leipzig,...

NATO eyes new and old foes

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Concerned with China’s growing military presence in East Asia and Russia’s violations of the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF Treaty, NATO is now looking at other areas where arms control treaties could...

Germany proposes NATO reforms following Macron’s controversial remarks

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Speaking at the NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels, Germany's foreign policy chief Heiko Maas proposed the formation of an expert panel led by the alliance's Secretary-General and tasked with reviewing NATO's overall operations. Maas'...

Targets acquired: NATO open to new nuke deals with Russia, China

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NATO is open to new arms control agreements with Russia and China, Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, US Permanent Representative to NATO, told a telephonic press briefing on 18 November. Asked by New Europe, if she...

Police in Tuscany averts terrorist attack against Muslim community

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Police in Tuscany averted a far-right extremists attack against the Muslim community in Siena on Tuesday. The Italian police detained 12 people in and around Siena and Florence in connection to a planned to attack...

Clinton calls UK decision to bury Russian election-meddling report “shameful”

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the decision of the Conservative government to bury a parliamentary report on Russian meddling in UK politics “shameful.” The report by the parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee...

France calls into question NATO’s relevance

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In an interview with the Economist, the President of France Emmanuel Macron called NATO “brain dead” Asked to comment on Macron’s dismissal of NATO on Friday, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo noted that...

Turkey determined to repatriate European IS fighters

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Turkey is committed to the repatriation of EU citizens who fought for the Islamic State and their families. Following the capture of northeast Syria from Kurdish forces, a pressing question has been who will take...

Turkey negotiates Russian Su-35 fighter jets to replace F-35s

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Turkish and Russian government officials are in an “advanced stage of negotiations” to buy 48 Su-35 Russian jet fighters, Defense News reported, citing a Turkish procurement official. The news was later confirmed by the...

As Kurdish forces retreat Turkey moves to resettle Syrian Arabs into evacuated regions

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As Kurdish forces are abandoning Northern Syria, Turkey is moving fast to resettle Arab Syrian refugees in the region, sometimes forcefully. Syrian Kurdish forces (SDF) continue to evacuate the Northern Syrian region as part of...

France questions need for long Brexit delay

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France is willing to facilitate the vote on Brexit legislation but rules out an extension beyond that, a diplomatic source said on Tuesday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposed to parliament to pass the Withdrawal...

Enlargement is not Eurovision, Zoran

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Enlargement boosters across Europe were stunned by the third failure of the European Council to announce a decision on 18 October on a date for beginning EU accession negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia,...

Germany proposes NATO safe zone in N. Syria while Turkey reaches its own deal...

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In the weeks since US President Donald J. Trump ignored his own military advisors' warnings and ordered the sudden withdrawal of all American forces in Syria, which then led to an invasion of northern...

US mediates 5-day ceasefire between Turkish and Kurdish forces in Syria

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US Vice President Mike Pence, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the commander of the Kurdish SDF forces Mazlum Abdi agreed to a five-day ceasefire in Syria. Pence was in Ankara on Thursday to meet...

Germany defies US allowing Huawei to bid for 5G projects

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German regulators released on Tuesday a set of network security guidelines allowing companies developing 5G infrastructure to engage China’s Huawei. Huawei will not be excluded explicitly on the basis of the Federal Network Agency guidelines....

US sanctions Turkey, UK joins EU arms embargo

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US President Donald Trump called for an immediate halt to Turkey’s incursion to Syria on Tuesday, as Washington slapped sanctions on Turkish officials. By the end of trade on Tuesday, the Turkish Lira surged by...

EU condemns Turkish incursion to Syria

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Turkish troops started advancing into northern Syria on Wednesday, having reached Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain by Thursday, according to the UK based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Turkish air force was bombing the...

Attack against Synagogue in Halle

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A shooting outside a synagogue in Halle, East Germany, Wednesday afternoon has left two people dead. Police detained one person after multiple suspects fled the scene. He was later referred to by the police as...

Germany greenlights weapon exports to UAE

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Germany's Federal Security Council headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel authorized the export of military equipment to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), despite the country’s involvement over the war in Yemen, Germany's public broadcaster DW...

Greece and US ink new defence deal and extend strategic dialogue

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Taking a welcome break from his involvement in the Trump-Ukraine issue, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo completed his short Balkan swing on 6 October after signing an important agreement in Athens to update...

Spain faces the prospect of militant Catalan separatism

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For the first time since Catalan separatists were arrested in 2017, following the October 1 independence referendum, Spanish prosecutors have made arrests linked to terrorism. Just as a decades-old circle of violence is closing...

Washington and Athens agree on new defence agreement

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The US and Greece have agreed on the text of a new document which will modify the existing bilateral Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) dating from 1990.  The current plan is to have this...

Iran to release Stena Impero

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The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero is "free to leave," Iran's government spokesperson, Ali Rabiei, said on Monday. Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) forces captured the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19. The...

Man arrested in Greece for 1985 hijacking is released

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The arrest in Greece of a Lebanese man accused of involvement in the June 1985 TWA hijack of a flight from Athens to Rome is a case of mistaken identity. The man was accused of...

Trump taps hostage negotiator as National Security Adviser

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The US' chief hostage negotiator Robert C. O'Brien was tapped by President Donald Trump on Wednesday to replace John Bolton as the new national security adviser. As a negotiator, he worked on a number of...

UK summons Iranian ambassador over Adrian Darya 1 oil delivery

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After weeks of controversy surrounding an Iranian oil tanker, Britain summoned the Islamic Republic's ambassador to protest a clear breach of the assurances that were given by Tehran in August that the oil cargo...

US Secretary of State completes consultation round with incoming EU leadership

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Monday in Brussels for talks with EU and NATO officials. Pompeo saw European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Monday; he went on to meet EU foreign policy...

Russia’s influence in Georgia has grown since the 2008 war

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At exactly the same time that French President Emmanuel Macron was hosting his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at his summer home in the south of France this week, Russian soldiers were busy building barbed...

Pompeo threatens to sanction countries that allow Iranian tanker to drop anchor

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington will take every action it can to prevent an Iranian oil tanker that left Gibraltar on Monday from delivering oil to Syria in contravention of current American...

Danes angered over Trump cancellation following Greenland debacle

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Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen admitted on Tuesday that she was "annoyed" after US President Donald J. Trump abruptly announced that would cancel his upcoming official visit to Denmark after being told that Greenland...

ISIS is reconstituting in Iraq and Syria

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It has been than a year since US President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter to declare victory over the Islamic State, but new reports indicate that the more than 18,000 ISIS fighters are...

Formerly detained Iranian tanker leaves Gibraltar for Greece

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An Iranian tanker captured by Royal Marines and detained by Gibraltarian authorities since July 4 was released late Sunday and sailed for Greece on Monday. The final destination is unknown. The Grace 1 tanker was carrying...