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EU wants stronger military industry

25.06.14 @ 09:29

The European Commission on Tuesday (24 June) laid out plans on how to boost the EU’s military and defence industries. It wants to create a single market on defence, make it more profitable, and intensify and merge ...

Russia military spending on the up, as US and EU cut costs

14.04.14 @ 09:28

Russia spends more on arms compared to its GDP than the US and European countries, according to fresh figures released Monday (14 April) by Sipri, a military spending research group. The US remains the world's top ...

OpinionFrance and Germany should stop arms sales to Russia

11.03.14 @ 08:36

The EU says its sanctions against the Kremlin in the light of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine could involve suspending some military co-operation. The ambiguities of national positions and limitations of Western ...

EU steps up funding for drone research

12.02.14 @ 18:33

EU defence firms have received hundreds of millions in EU research grants for work on drones, despite rules against funding of military projects. A report out by the London-based civil liberties watchdog, Statewatch, on ...

Anglo-French summit to agree on defence but not EU reform

31.01.14 @ 09:34

David Cameron and Francois Hollande are expected to agree a raft of measures on defence co-operation but draw a blank on EU reform when they meet on Friday (31 January) The UK and French leaders will meet for talks in ...

EU states consider sending soldiers to central Africa

09.01.14 @ 09:28

EU states' ambassadors will on Friday (10 January) discuss proposals to send a joint military force to the Central African Republic (CAR). The EU's foreign service sent round an initial plan to embassies on Wednesday. ...

EUobservedStaving off an EU army

20.12.13 @ 11:28

Why does the EU torture Britain so? Ten pages of EU Council conclusions on defence! Prime Minister David Cameron was forced into a preemptive strike to defuse a potentially mighty tabloid attack. He personally scratched ...

France, Germany and UK show discord on EU defence

20.12.13 @ 10:28

EU countries have agreed to "deepen defence co-operation," but France, Germany and the UK disagreed how to do it at a summit in Brussels on Thursday (19 December). French leader Francois Hollande went into the meeting ...

Seven EU states create military drone 'club'

20.11.13 @ 09:29

Seven EU countries have formed what France calls a "club" to produce military drones from 2020 onward. The scheme was agreed in Brussels on Tuesday (19 November) at a meeting of the European Defence Agency (EDA), the EU ...

InvestigationSecurity industry is shaping EU legislation

01.10.13 @ 09:02

EOS is a Brussels-based non-profit outfit that represents the business interest of some of the EU’s most powerful and largest security and defence companies. BAE Systems, EADS, Finmeccanica, G4S, Thales and 38 other ...

OpinionSecurity policy isn't about war, it's about peace

24.09.13 @ 12:35

An old saying among journalists when Fleet Street in London was the centre of the UK's fairly tight-knit community of national newspapers, was that "dog doesn't eat dog." As a former Financial Times journalist, it ...

France and Germany seek to revive EU defence policy

30.07.13 @ 16:51

The EU needs to do more for international security France and Germany have said as they call for improved battlegroups and the use of drones in civilian airspace. In a joint letter and ideas paper, dated Friday (26 July ...

Better defence spending needed to back up EU 'principles'

24.07.13 @ 17:13

Europe needs to make better use of dwindling defence budgets if it is to properly take care of military problems in its own backyard as the US orients itself towards Asia, the EU commission said Wednesday. In an ideas ...

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 ...

EU countries outgunned on arms trade

18.03.13 @ 09:29

Arms sales to European countries have fallen by over 20 percent since the financial crisis, according to a report released on Monday (18 March). An annual survey by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute ( ...

Nato chief: EU must spend more on military

31.01.13 @ 19:00

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has urged EU countries to spend more on defence despite the economic crisis or risk losing US solidarity. He said in a foreword to the alliance's report on 2012, out on Thursday (31 ...

InterviewFrench colonel: France better off alone in Mali

25.01.13 @ 17:30

A senior French military officer has said France is better off without Nato or EU help to "reconquer" north Mali. Colonel Michel Goya, a serving officer and an expert at the Institut de Recherche Strategique de l'Ecole ...

InterviewMali mission could up risk of anti-EU terrorism

23.01.13 @ 16:50

A top counter-terrorism official has said the EU military training mission in Mali will increase the risk of revenge attacks in Europe. Asked by EUobserver on Tuesday (22 January) if France's intervention in Mali could ...

Algeria hostages killed, as EU talks of 'evil' in Mali

17.01.13 @ 20:00

Reports say several hostages were killed when the Algerian army stormed a remote gas plant in the south east of the country on Thursday (17 January). The operation came after militants seized the facility - which housed ...

InvestigationFrontex chief looks beyond EU borders

14.01.13 @ 08:29

Frontex, the pan-European border agency based in Warsaw, is mandated to co-ordinate member state border police patrols on Europe's external frontiers. But its executive director, Ilkka Laitinen, told EUobserver the ...

Five EU countries call for new military 'structure'

16.11.12 @ 09:26

Five leading EU countries, but not the UK, have said the Union needs a new military "structure" to manage overseas operations. The foreign and defence ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain issued the ...

Military chief: EU becoming 'marginal' in Asia-centric world

01.11.12 @ 09:27

EU countries must share military resources or become "marginal" powers on the world stage, a Swedish general has said. Hakan Syren issued the warning after chairing a regular meeting of EU military commanders in ...

France speaks out for EU sanctions on Iran

26.09.12 @ 09:16

The French leader and French foreign minister have spoken out in favour of new EU sanctions against Iran. French President Francois Hollande told press after his first-ever speech at the UN's annual meeting in New York, ...

Giant defence merger faces hurdles in Britain, France and Germany

25.09.12 @ 09:46

State control and European-based jobs are the main sticking points in a planned merger of Eads, the Franco-German company producing Airbus planes and BAE Systems, Britain's biggest defence contractor. The British ...

Iran dominates start of UN meeting in New York

25.09.12 @ 09:35

EU ministers in New York have said new sanctions on Iran are the antidote to an Iran-Israel war. Speaking to press in the margins of the UN's annual meeting, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK said the ...

Intelligence experts: Nato has options on Assad

18.06.12 @ 09:27

A former Israeli intelligence chief has said EU and Nato countries can do more on Syria than complaining about Russia or imposing sanctions. The contact, who asked not to be named, spoke to diplomats and press in the EU ...

EU and US at odds over Iran's role in Syria

18.06.12 @ 09:13

EU diplomats disagree with the US and Israel on whether Iran should join a Contact Group on Syria. UN emissary Kofi Annan last week called for the formation of a body akin to the one which steered events in the Balkans ...

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 ...

InvestigationEU to spend €50mn on private security in Afghanistan

11.05.12 @ 09:24

The EU's external action service (EEAS) plans to spend up to €50 million on private security guards for its Afghanistan mission over the next four years. It unveiled the tender on Thursday (10 May), saying the money ...

Question marks over EU contract for Libya security firm

08.05.12 @ 14:06

The European External Action Service (EEAS) has awarded a juicy contract to British security firm G4S in Libya despite the fact it has no permission to work there. The €10 million contract covers bodyguards and building ...

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 ...

EU ambassadors' wives in YouTube diplomacy on Syria

18.04.12 @ 10:00

Wives of the British and German ambassadors to the UN have launched a graphic and personal appeal to Syria's first lady to stop the killing of children. Huberta von Voss Wittig and Sheila Lyall Grant published a video ...

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 ...