Defense & Security

Beijing warns Europe against restrictions on Chinese companies

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Beijing’s envoy to the European Union, Zhang Ming, has warned that EU’s policies to restrict Chinese companies’ access to Europe would deter investment. Plans to suppress foreign investment and 5G mobile communications technology might trigger...

US warns UK about allowing Huawei in 5G

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The United States’ national security adviser, Robert O’Brien has warned the United Kingdom about allowing China’s Huawei Technologies into its 5G telecoms networks. O’Brien said the action would pose a risk to UK’s secret intelligence...

ECJ opinion says EU data transfer tools are legal in Facebook privacy case

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According to a non-binding opinion from an advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU Commission’s standard contractual clauses used for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries are...

EU extends economic sanctions against Russia for six months

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The European Union extended economic sanctions against Russia by six months until 31 July, the European Council announced on 19 December. “Given that the Minsk agreements are not fully implemented, the European Council unanimously took...

Turkey lands military drone in Cyprus’ occupied north

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Amid growing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean over drilling rights off the coast of Cyprus, a Turkish military drone landed in the occupied part of Cyprus on December 16 after the internationally unrecognised Turkey-backed...

US Senate passes $738bn defence bill, approves Space Force

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The United States Senate on 17 December passed a $738 billion defence policy bill, that includes the launch of a “Space Force” that has been a priority for President Donald Trump. The 2020 National Defense...

Putin hails increase of Russia’s arms sales abroad

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Russia's president Vladimir Putin said on 16 December that the country’s arms shipments increased to $13 billion in 2019, exceeding last year's number by $2 billion. "Despite sanctions and unfair competition, Russia's position in the...

Turkish navy escorts Israeli ship out of Cyprus’s waters

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Israel’s national infrastructure, energy and water ministry confirmed on 15 December that two weeks ago, a Turkish navy vessel expelled an Israeli research ship working off Cypriot waters. The Turkish government denied that the...

Turkey expels 11 French Jihadis

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Turkey’s government deported 11 French Jihadi fighters on Monday. “As part of ongoing deportations of foreign terrorist fighters, 11 French citizens have been sent back to their home country,” Turkey’s interior ministry said in a...

A return of the Normandy Four

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Much will be at stake when the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine meet in Paris on December 9 for their first direct talks about the region in more than three years. Ukraine’s...

On thin ice

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Body language is sometimes much more indicative, as was the case during a key December 4 meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of a...

NATO divided in London

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The NATO Summit in London takes place before the UK goes to the polls and as deep cleavages between Euro-Atlantic partners has been difficult to hide. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Donald Trump were...

NATO does not see China as an enemy, says Stoltenberg

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NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday that the alliance recognizes the challenges posed by China but did not want to “create new adversaries.” “What we see is that the rising power of China is shifting...

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...