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OpinionNato puts brakes on enlargement

16.07.14 @ 08:32

Nato announced earlier this July that it is shelving plans to welcome any new members during its forthcoming Wales summit. The hopes of four countries - Bosnia, Macedonia, Georgia and Montenegro – which were expecting ...

Nato: Russia unlikely to invade Ukraine

06.05.14 @ 09:13

Nato has changed its assessment of the Ukraine crisis, saying Russia is more likely to foment rebellion than to invade. The alliance's military commander, US general Philip Breedlove, told a conference in Ottawa on ...

US to send 600 troops to Baltics, Poland amid Ukraine tensions

23.04.14 @ 09:16

The US Tuesday (22 April) announced it is sending hundreds of troops for military exercises to four countries in Eastern Europe to assure them of its commitment to the region's defence amid ongoing tension in Ukraine. ...

Nato to keep expanding, suspends Russia ties

01.04.14 @ 19:52

Nato states have said the alliance will keep on expanding despite Russia’s protests, while freezing most co-operation with Russia over the Ukraine crisis. “We reaffirm that, in accordance with our policy, the alliance’s ...

Former Norwegian PM to be next Nato chief

28.03.14 @ 17:24

Nato countries on Friday (28 March) agreed that former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg should be the next secretary general of the military alliance. "This afternoon, the North Atlantic Council decided to ...

Nato reassures Poland, Baltic states on Russia threat

04.03.14 @ 19:09

Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen has shown sympathy for Polish and Baltic states’ fears of Russia’s aggressive posture in Ukraine and beyond. “These developments [Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula] ...

Nato supports Ukraine's territorial integrity against Russian occupation

03.03.14 @ 09:27

The allied countries under Nato command have condemned Russia’s military occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea, as world leaders threaten to oust Moscow from the G8 economic club. “Nato allies will continue to support ...

Nato war games come at tricky time in EU-Russia relations

15.10.13 @ 11:06

Nato is to hold large-scale war games on Russia's border a couple of weeks before the EU, at an event in Lithuania, plans to take away a former Soviet jewel: Ukraine. The military exercise, called Steadfast Jazz, will ...

Nato wants EU countries to buy more drones

19.09.13 @ 09:27

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen wants EU countries to buy more drones, refuelling planes and naval radars. The head of the military alliance is expected to call for the measures at a speech in the Carnegie Europe ...

Nato chief: EU soft power is 'no power at all'

06.05.13 @ 21:26

Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said there cannot be a credible EU foreign policy without the military means to back it up. "We Europeans must understand that soft power alone is really no power at all. Without hard ...

InterviewSweden: Who needs Nato, when you have the Lisbon Treaty?

22.04.13 @ 17:50

Swedish defence minister Karin Enstrom has said her country is not in Nato partly because the EU treaty contains its own security guarantee. Speaking to EUobserver at the Globsec conference in Bratislava on Saturday (20 ...

InterviewRasmussen: 'Nato cannot act as the world's policeman'

11.02.13 @ 09:29

Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the alliance would only take action against Syria if Turkey is attacked. Speaking to EUobserver in his office in Brussels last week, the secretary general of what calls ...

US think tank: 'Let the eurozone fail'

05.11.12 @ 10:25

Speak with most American officials about the EU and they will talk about the bloc as a partner and strong ally of the US. Criticism of the 27-country bloc is reserved for the ongoing eurozone debt crisis and the spill- ...

Pride, confusion and sour grapes after EU wins Nobel

13.10.12 @ 08:30

EU officials weary of being sniped at for their handling of the crisis or their big salaries got a morale boost on Friday (12 October) when the five people on the Nobel Peace Prize committee in Norway gave the world's ...

InterviewBelgian intelligence chief talks to EUobserver: transcript

17.09.12 @ 09:17

EUobserver: In what way does the VSSE co-operate with the EU institutions and Nato? Alain Winants: Belgium hosts the institutions of two major international bodies - the EU and Nato, which is a great privilege but it's ...

Axe murder complicates EU-Azerbaijan love affair

03.09.12 @ 19:26

EU countries have criticised "strategic partner" Azerbaijan for making a national hero out of an axe-murderer. On 19 February 2004 during a Nato seminar at a military school in Budapest, he walked into the bedroom of a ...

EU, US and Russia closer than before on Syria, diplomat says

29.06.12 @ 09:28

Russia's ambassador to the EU has said "technical differerences" remain on how to handle Syria ahead of an international meeting in Geneva. Vladimir Chizhov told EUobserver on Thursday (28 June) that Russia, the EU and ...

Turkey calls emergency Nato talks on Syria

25.06.12 @ 09:47

Turkey has invoked the softer article four of the Nato treaty after Syria shot down one of its warplanes on Friday (22 June). Its decision will see the 28 Nato countries' ambassadors hold emergency talks in the North ...

EU studying links between Italian mafia and Somalian pirates

20.06.12 @ 09:28

The EU special envoy for Somalia is looking into a fresh report that pirates are in business with Italian gangsters on toxic waste. The Paris-based criminologist, Michel Koutouzis, who carries out investigations for the ...

France says Syria air strikes a possibility

30.05.12 @ 09:21

French leader Francois Hollande has said military action in Syria is possible if the UN agrees, as EU countries expelled ambassadors. He spoke on national TV on Tuesday (29 May) following UN confirmation that Syrian ...

OpinionNato: Do what you do best

21.05.12 @ 12:01

Nato is holding its 25th Summit on 20 and 21 May in Chicago, where President Barack Obama will host colleagues from 27 Nato allies. There is a lot to discuss but Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen chose wisely ...

'Accidental war' waiting to happen on EU periphery

14.05.12 @ 10:25

If or when a full-blown conflict erupts between Armenia and Azerbaijan, it will probably begin like this. According to a senior source in the Armenian defence ministry, on 27 April Azerbaijani troops sneaked over the ...

NGO says Nato under-reported civilian deaths in Libya

14.05.12 @ 09:43

Nato has not disclosed the full extent of civilian causalities during its seven-month bombing campaign over Libya last year, says a report released on Monday (14 May) by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The campaigners found ...

Ukraine tells Reding to be less 'emotional' on Euro2012

04.05.12 @ 09:14

Ukraine's EU ambassador has told justice commissioner Vivianne Reding that she should be less "emotional" in a riposte to her Euro2012 boycott. The diplomat, Konstiantin Yelisieiev, in a letter dated 2 May - and seen by ...

Syrian rebel officer: 'Why isn't Europe helping us?'

24.04.12 @ 09:22

As the EU stops sales of perfume and truffles to Syria, one officer in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) wonders why it is doing so little to really help. EU ministers imposed the ban on luxury goods at a meeting in Luxembourg ...

Military spending: EU dwarf shrinks as US gets bigger

17.04.12 @ 09:40

The US is spending more on its military than EU countries, China and Russia put together. Meanwhile, as US President Barack Obama pulls troops out of Europe, the financial crisis is seeing EU capabilities erode. America ...

UK experts blame Nato for Libya refugee tragedy

12.04.12 @ 09:48

A detailed 90-page forensic report by Goldsmiths, the University of London released on Wednesday (11 April) says Nato contributed to the deaths of 63 refugees in one boat of 72 fleeing Libya by attempting to cross the ...

Nato among those accused of letting migrants die at sea

30.03.12 @ 10:40

Confusion, denial and ignored distress signals by Nato, warships and two fishing boats led to the death of 63 migrants (including children) on a boat which tried to cross the Mediterranean last year, according to a ...

EU countries to reduce dependence on US military

23.03.12 @ 09:26

European defence ministers endorsed plans on Thursday (22 March) to develop air-to-air refuelling capabilities and field hospitals in a bid to reduce military costs. "Pooling demand, as lessons learned from former joint ...

Nato commander: EU could not do Libya without US

20.03.12 @ 19:56

Last year's Nato operation in Libya, code named Unified Protector, is unlikely to have succeeded without US military support. Nato major-general Marcel Druart, addressing the European Parliament committee on security ...

EU firms join gold rush on drones

17.02.12 @ 09:16

EU firms have joined the gold rush on military and civilian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). But ethical and legal questions dog the technology. The global UAV market is worth $6 billion (€4.6bn) a year and will hit $12 ...

VideoMEPs consider how to further pressure Syria's leader

08.12.11 @ 12:17

The EU recently extended its sanctions on Syria but with the crackdown against protesters continuing, MEPs have been asking Syrian opposition groups what more can be done to pressurise President Bashar Al Assad. ...