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Ireland prepares to join EU battle group next year

Ireland's parliament passed Thursday a motion allowing troops from the neutral country to join EU defence forces in a German-led battle group with Austrian, Czech, Croatian and Dutch personal next year. Sinn Fein's Aengus O'Snodaigh opposed the motion, saying that "battle groups are not peacekeepers. The words 'battle groups' mean that they are trained to go into battle". No EU battle group has yet been in action.

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Drums of war again, in Europe

Just a few weeks ago, as Europeans in several countries put their furious debates about masks and corona appsinto higher gear, Turkey and Greece almost came to blows in the Aegean Sea.

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