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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03 Oct 2018

NATO gears up for ‘biggest’ military ‘exercises in many years’

NATO is preparing for what is likely to be the largest military exercise since the Cold War. The exercises will take place in Norway during late October and into November, only months after China and Russia conducted their largest exercise since the Cold War. The drills are reportedly simulating “NATO’s

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13 Sep 2018

European Commission Proposes Independent EU Coast Guard

The outgoing European Commission President has shared plans for the establishment of a revamped European Border and Coast Guard Service with greater responsibilities, authority, and personnel numbers. The plan seeks to increase the number of personnel to a standing force of 10,000 and give the body greater jurisdiction in the

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13 Sep 2018

New Swedish government advocates for greater defense spending

“Sweden’s national defense has been neglected for decades. What has happened is shameful. The budget allocated to the armed forces must reflect needs, operational realities and the requirement to replace outdated equipment. The goal should be to raise spending on defense to 2% of GDP, the recommended NATO level, inside

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23 Jul 2018

Most Germans think Europe can defend itself without U.S. help: poll

A recent poll indicated that only 37% of German believe that Europe depends on the U.S. military for its security. It also found that responses did not vary significantly by former West and East Germany, where political histories with the U.S. vary drastically. German voter opinion continues to be a

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