21 Mar 2019

China Welcomes Italy Into Its Sphere Of Influence, Unnerving the E.U. and U.S.

Italy is set the become the first G-7 country to join China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative that comprises numerous large infrastructure projects aimed at uniting East and West, although many Western countries mostly see it as a way for China to increase its geopolitical power across the globe. Even

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19 Mar 2019

EU Adopts New Response Protocol for Major Cyberattacks

The European Union has adopted a new response protocol for large cross-border cyberattacks. The protocol should facilitate the exchange of information between law enforcement agencies at the national, regional and international level, while also making it easier to coordinate assessment and response efforts in response to a major cross-border attack.

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18 Mar 2019

China rejects ‘abnormal’ U.S. spying concerns as EU pushes trade

Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi on Monday labeled US fears that Huawei’s telecommunications products may provide the Chinese government with access to the data and systems of foreign governments as ‘abnormal’ and told the US government to stop trying to “bring down” the tech giant. Wang is visiting Europe in

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06 Mar 2019

Huawei Opens Brussels Security Lab in Bid to Reassure EU

Huawei has inaugurated its Cyber Security Transparency Centre in Brussels, the political capital of the European Union. The move is seen as an attempt by the Chinese tech firm to convince European governments not to boycott its 5G mobile communications technology, which the US government has done over cyberespionage fears.

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05 Mar 2019

Eyeing Russia, EU Girds for Cyberthreats to Parliament Vote

EU security officials are taking steps to counter efforts by Russian state-backed hackers to interfere in the European Parliament elections that will be held in May of this year. The vote comes at a critical time for Europe, not only because of the planned departure of the UK from the

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20 Feb 2019

Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Targeted European Think Tanks

Microsoft is investigating a cyber attack campaign by Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, also known as APT 28. The campaign lasted from September to December of last year and targeted think tanks in Europe, including the German Council on Foreign Relations, The Aspen Institute and The German Marshall Fund. The

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20 Feb 2019

Ukraine Announces Joint Exercises with EU to Fend Off Russian Cyber Threats

Ukraine has announced that it will hold joint defense exercises with the European Union (EU) before the country’s March 31 presidential election. The Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council stated that “[t]he available information indicates that Russia intends to use the entire existing arsenal, including cybernetic means, to

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13 Feb 2019

EU adds Saudi Arabia, Panama to dirty-money blacklist: 23 countries now included

The European Commission maintains a list of countries that do not meet minimum thresholds for oversight against terrorism financing and money laundering. This list and its accompanying policies require European Banks to carry out additional checks on transactions that involve countries from the list. Being a member of the list

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04 Feb 2019

EU countries recognise Juan Guaidó as interim Venezuelan leader

The UK, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, and Denmark have officially recognized Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela, pushing the Maduro regime further into diplomatic isolation. The countries promised to recognize the opposition government if the Maduro regime did not call for elections within 8 days. The past few

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09 Jan 2019

A European spring? Latest Eurobarometer Poll shows EU Optimism is on the rise

In spite of strong nationalist or populist movements in most European countries, more Europeans than ever (68%) consider themselves more a citizen of the EU than of their respective countries, according to the latest Standard Eurobarometer poll. Slightly fewer, 56%, responded as being optimistic about the EU’s future, a 6%

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