27 Dec 2018

German army ‘could recruit EU citizens’

“Seven years after Germany scrapped conscription, its defence chief has said employing EU citizens is ‘an option’ to fill expert posts. Army general inspector Eberhard Zorn said the forces had to ‘look in all directions in times of a lack of qualified personnel’, such as doctors and IT specialists. The

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20 Nov 2018

Germany plans to fast-track deportations of failed asylum-seekers

Years after Germany accepted nearly 900,000 refugees in 2015 alone as part of Merkel’s open-door policy, the country continues to work on the practical aspects of sorting and integrating or expelling asylum-seekers and other immigrants. Most recently, the German Interior Ministry announced plans to accelerate the deportation of failed asylum

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19 Nov 2018

NATO official warns EU force would be ‘unwise’

“A top uniformed NATO official warned Friday the European Union army concept endorsed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would be ‘duplicative’ and ‘unwise.’ U.S. President Donald Trump called Macron’s comments ‘very insulting’ in a spate of Twitter posts as the two held a meeting last

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08 Nov 2018

After Macron, EU executive echoes EU army call

“An EU army is likely to be formed one day, the European Commission said on Tuesday after French President Emmanuel Macron called for a ‘real European army’ to reduce dependence on the United States. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, a former premier of Luxembourg, has long been a vocal supporter of

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25 Oct 2018

European elections ‘face growing threat of manipulation’

“EU governments cannot treat the next year’s European parliamentary elections as ‘business as usual’ given the growing risk of foreign and corporate manipulation, according to the European commission. The scandal over the misuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica and the growing evidence of illegal interference in elections were described

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25 Oct 2018

Italy plans to slash half a billion dollars from defense in 2019

“Italy will cut €450 million (U.S. $512.3 million) from its planned defense spending in 2019 by suspending helicopter and missile purchases and canceling an office move by the defense ministry to help shore up social welfare and tax cuts…Italy’s total outlay on defense in 2019 will be announced in parliament

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10 Oct 2018

EU harbors fears about China’s maritime Silk Roads

The EU is not a political entity known for reaching consensus with speed. Its fears over security-related foreign investments, specifically from China, however, have activated debates and movements towards stringent policies. “We are not naive free traders,” stated EU President Jean-Claude Juncker. “Europe must always defend its strategic interests. This

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08 Oct 2018

Latvia election puts pro-Russia Harmony party on top

The party mostly supported by the country’s ethnic Russians won 19.9% of the vote in Latvia’s general elections over the weekend, making it the largest party in the country for the second election in a row. Several other parties, however, refuse to form a coalition with them due to their

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25 Sep 2018

Latvia: an ongoing case study on how to Russia-Proof an election

The tiny Baltic country of Latvia has become the most recent case study for countering Russian interference with an election. The country is located in an increasingly important geographical location on the Russian-EU border, just next door to Estonia where what is largely considered the first large-scale Russian cyber campaign

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21 Sep 2018

Europe’s Leading Companies Are Bowing to U.S. Sanctions

Europe’s largest companies are slowly moving into compliance with US.. sanctions on Iran, departing from the market they entered with the signing of the nuclear deal in 2015. Airbus, Maersk, Renault, Peugeot, Total, and Siemens are but a few of the companies that have begun or have completely divested from

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