Tweets of the Week: Commission Handover, NATO jokes, Malta Rule of Law

By |december 6th, 2019|Danfoss, Daphne Caruana Galizia, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Malta, Nato, News, Tweets of the week, Von der Leyen Commission|

VDL Commission takes up its seat, Trump under fire as NATO leaders meet, and Rule of Law in Malta feeling the heat.

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With new focus on China, NATO patches up stormy summit

By |december 5th, 2019|5G, Boris Johnson, burdensharing, China, Donald Trump, Eastern Flank, Emmanuel Macron, Huawei, Jens Stoltenberg, Nato, NATO summit, News, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan|

NATO leaders wrapped up their acrimonious 70th-anniversary meeting in relative harmony on Wednesday (4 December), bridging a series of intense internal divisions and agreeing to focus more on the challenge of China's "growing international influence" a...

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Did Hungary turn to the Russian Duma for support against Ukraine?

By |december 5th, 2019|Hungary, language rights, minority rights, Nato, NATO enlargement, News, Russia, Ukraine|

Hungary has a deep controversy with Hungary over minority rights. In this context, a heated controversy has unfolded over reports that Budapest asked the Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, for joint efforts to uphold minority rights in Ukr...

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Nobody needs NATO more than France, says Trump

By |december 3rd, 2019|Boris Johnson, burdensharing, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Nato, NATO summit, News, trade dispute, UK elections|

US President Donald Trump weighed into the war of words on the state of NATO on Tuesday (3 December), wasting no time to hit back at French President Emmanuel Macron’s “brain death” claims. Speaking at a breakfast session alongside NATO...

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Lobbyist: Nazarbayev pushed Russia and Ukraine to meet in Paris

By |december 2nd, 2019|China, Eastern Ukraine crisis, Emmanuel Macron, ICBMs, INF Treaty, Kassim-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakhstan, Nato, News, Normandy format, nuclear arms, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russia, US-Russia relations|

Ariel Cohen is the director of the "Energy, Growth and Security" programme at the International Tax and Investment Centre in Washington, DC. He is also Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council and runs his own firm ‘International market analysis’.

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NATO upgrades its ageing ‘eyes in the sky’

By |november 28th, 2019|aircraft, AWACS, Boeing, Nato, News, surveillance|

Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, signed a $1 billion contract to modernise NATO’s fleet of AWACS surveillance aircraft on Wednesday (27 November), striking a more optimistic note at a time of widening cracks in the transatlantic defence alliance.

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Germany pledges to raise military spending, play more active role in NATO

By |november 28th, 2019|2% target, Angela Merkel, defence and security, Emmanuel Macron, Foreign policy, France, Germany, Heiko Maas, Nato, News, Security policy, Ukraine, USA|

Germany has pledged to play a more active role in NATO with Chancellor Angela Merkel promising to raise military spending to 2% of the country’s GDP by the beginning of the 2030s. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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CDU politician calls for better Franco-German ties after NATO row

By |november 25th, 2019|Angela Merkel, CDU, Germany, Nato, News, Norbert Röttgen|

Germany and France must bury their differences and pursue a constructive partnership with concrete ideas, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a public spat between the two European Union heavyweights over NATO.

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NATO braces for the new space age

By |november 21st, 2019|Nato, News, Outer space, space policy|

NATO foreign ministers have formally recognised outer space as the fifth military frontier alongside air, land, sea and cyber on Wednesday (20 November), in response to growing concerns over protecting satellite and navigation assets from enemy interfe...

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EU faces rift over enlargement policy after French ‘non’

By |november 20th, 2019|Albania, Amelie de Montchalin, Donald Tusk, Emmanuel Macron, EU enlargement, Finnish Presidency, Jean-Claude Juncker, Nato, News, North Macedonia, Prespa agreement, Tytti Tuppurainen, Ursula von der Leyen, Western Balkans|

European Union members wrangled over the rules for joining their club on Tuesday (19 November), after France triggered anger by seeking to postpone bids from Albania and North Macedonia. At the 17-18 October summit, EU heads of state and government...

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