Belgium debates phase-out of US nuclear weapons on its soil

By |januar 17th, 2020|Belgium, ICAN, Kleine Brogel, Nato, News, non-proliferation, nuclear ban, nuclear weapons|

It's one of Belgium's worst kept secrets. Belgian lawmakers on Thursday (16 January) narrowly rejected a resolution asking for the removal of US nuclear weapons stationed in the country and joining the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (T...

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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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Iran ready to ‘stand down’ says Trump, urges greater NATO involvement in Middle East

By |januar 8th, 2020|Donald Trump, INSTEX, Iran, Iran nuclear deal, Iran sanctions, Jens Stoltenberg, Nato, News, Soleimani, United States|

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (8 January) that Iran appeared ready to 'stand down' from further conflict with the US, stating that Iranian missile strikes on bases in Iraq had not harmed any US troops stationed there.

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Europeans brace for fallout from Soleimani killing

By |januar 6th, 2020|#jcpoa, Heiko Maas, Iran, Iran nuclear deal, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Jens Stoltenberg, Josep Borrell, Mohammed Javad Zarif, Nato, News, Soleimani, United States|

Fearing the fallout from the killing of Iran's General Soleimani, Europeans on Sunday (5 January) called to de-escalate the crisis which threatens to collapse the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and puts NATO's training mission in Iraq in jeopardy.

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Trump threatens to hit 52 Iranian targets, Borrell urges ‘de-escalation’

By |januar 5th, 2020|Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Iran, Iran nuclear deal, Iraq, Josep Borrell, Mike Pompeo, Nancy Pelosi, Nato, News, terrorism|

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Saturday (4 January) stressed the "need for de-escalation" after the US assassination of a top Iranian in Baghdad, while US President Donald Trump threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites “very hard” if Iran attacks Americans or US assets.

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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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The Year in Review: Challenges and Choices of 2019

By |december 20th, 2019|5G, Article 50, Best of 2019, Brexit, Central Asia, China, Climate Change, commissioner hearings, copyright directive, Emmanuel Macron, enlargement, EU budget, European Commission, European Green Deal, European Parliament, MFF, Nato, News, Ukraine, Ursula von der Leyen, Western Balkans|

It’s been a very busy European election year and most of us are heading for a well-deserved Christmas break. Meanwhile, if you do fire up your browser, here you can catch up on our 30 most read stories that made waves in 2019.

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After years of delays, NATO receives US-made spy drones

By |december 18th, 2019|drones, Nato, News, United States|

NATO will receive its second US-made Global Hawk drone on Thursday (19 December) and aims to have all five unmanned aircraft of its $1.5 billion surveillance system operational in 2022, alliance officials said on Tuesday.

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Pentagon chief seeks clarification following Erdoğan’s nuclear base comments

By |december 17th, 2019|Incirlik base, Mark Esper, Nato, News, nuclear weapons, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, United States|

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday (16 December) that he needed to speak with his Turkish counterpart to understand how serious President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was when he said he could shut down the Incirlik air base, which hosts US nuclear warheads.

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US Senate committee approves Turkey sanctions bill

By |december 12th, 2019|Donald Trump, Islamic State, Kurds, Nato, News, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russia, S-400, Syria war, Turkey, United States, US sanctions|

A US Senate committee backed legislation on Wednesday (11 December) to impose sanctions on Turkey after its offensive in Syria and purchase of a Russian S-400 missile system, the latest move in the chamber to push Republican President Donald Trump to t...

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