Von der Leyen fails to convince that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’

By |januar 10th, 2020|European defence, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mediterranean, Nato, News, Operation Sophia, Ursula von der Leyen, Von der Leyen Commission|

New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was put on the spot during her visit to Zagreb on Friday (10 January). Asked how she would prove that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’, given the EU's weak response to growing challenges in the region, von der Leyen failed to provide convincing answers.

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Wind of change in Europe’s defence policy

By |december 26th, 2019|artificial intelligence, China, Defender2020, DG Defence Industry and Space, drones, European defence, European Defence Agency, European Defence Fund, INF Treaty, Jens Stoltenberg, Jorge Domecq, Military Mobility, Nato, New START treaty, News, nuclear weapons, pesco, Russia|

As Europe struggles with financial and political obstacles besetting its joint defence policy efforts, and NATO faces internal rifts and an increasingly assertive Russia and China, here are six issues to watch in Europe's security and defence in 2020.

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EU expands military cooperation with 13 new joint projects

By |november 12th, 2019|CARD, European defence, European Defence Agency, Federica Mogherini, News, pesco|

EU defence ministers on Tuesday (12 November) signed off on the third wave of 13 new proposals under the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework, raising the number of agreed joint military projects to 47 initiatives.

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Europe’s fighter jets of the future on collision course?

By |oktober 28th, 2019|European defence, European jet fighter, F-35, FCAS, News, Tempest|

The European defence market is focused on the Franco-German-Spanish Future Combat Aircraft System (FCAS) and the British-led Tempest fighter project. Pressure is mounting on EU member states to pick sides, can both projects ultimately coexist?

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EU defence funding far too small for big ambitions: report

By |september 12th, 2019|defence spending, DG Defence Industry and Space, European Court of Auditors, European defence, News, strategic autonomy|

EU's objective to increase defence spending to €22.5 billion over the next decade is insufficient for its ambitions in the sector, the European Court of Auditors said Thursday (12 September) in its annual review paper on the bloc's defence cooperation and policy.

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Macron hails common European defence at Paris parade

By |julij 15th, 2019|Emmanuel Macron, European defence, Franco-German relations, News, pesco|

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday (14 July) sought to showcase European military cooperation in France's annual Bastille Day parade that included representatives of nine other European armies in a show of unity at a time of growing tensions be...

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France’s weapons exports see sharp increase on European market

By |junij 14th, 2019|arms trade, Bruxelles2, European defence, France, helicopters, News, Weapons|

France's arms sales in 2018 were worth €9.118 billion, up 30% compared to 2017. Exports to European countries are seeing a strong increase, according to the French Ministry for Armed Forces. EURACTIV's partner Brussels2.eu reports.

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EU fends off US attack in spat over the bloc’s military reforms

By |maj 17th, 2019|burden sharing, common defence, Donald Trump, EDF, European defence, Federica Mogherini, Nato, News, pesco|

The EU responded on Thursday (16 May) to US accusations that a new European military pact risks shutting out American companies of European defence projects and undermine NATO.

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European Defence Fund talks reveal rift over EU’s defence future

By |februar 11th, 2019|European Council, European defence, European Defence Fund, European defence industry, European Parliament, MFF, News, Reinhard Bütikofer, strategic autonomy, trilogue, Zdzisław Krasnodebski|

EU lawmakers failed to seal an agreement on the future of the European Defence Fund (EDF) despite a nine hour negotiation session last week.

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France and Germany to launch first contracts on future combat jets

By |februar 6th, 2019|European defence, European jet fighter, F-35, fighter jet, Florence Parly, France, Germany, military procurement, News, nuclear weapons, Spain, Ursula von der Leyen|

France and Germany will on Wednesday (6 February) announce a 65 million euros contract financed equally by both countries over two years as the first act of the joint programme to design a next-generation combat jet, a French army source said.

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