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The Brief from Brussels: EU split on defence

This is the Brief from Brussels, a roundup of the top stories from Europe’s de facto political capital.

This is the Brief from Brussels, a roundup of the top stories from Europe’s de facto political capital.

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EU split on defence plans

EU defence ministers appeared to be split on Tuesday as they mulled a Franco-German plan to boost defence cooperation in Europe.

EU defence ministers appeared to be split on Tuesday as they mulled a Franco-German plan to boost defence cooperation in Europe.

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UK's Boris Johnson in Bratislava ahead of EU Summit of the EU 27

While the UK question hangs over Europe, Brexit is not on the official agenda for the upcoming informal EU Summit on 16 September in Bratislava A flurry of pre-summit meetings have already been taking

While the UK question hangs over Europe, Brexit is not on the official agenda for the upcoming informal EU Summit on 16 September in Bratislava A flurry of pre-summit meetings have already been taking

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Iran deploys air defence missiles at Fordo nuclear site

State media in Iran says the army has begun deploying a Russian supplied S-300 air missile defence system around the Fordo nuclear facility.

State media in Iran says the army has begun deploying a Russian supplied S-300 air missile defence system around the Fordo nuclear facility.

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China warns it could set up an air defence zone in South China Sea

A defiant China has now formalised its objections to an international tribunal ruling that says its claims to territorial rights in the South China Sea have no legal…

A defiant China has now formalised its objections to an international tribunal ruling that says its claims to territorial rights in the South China Sea have no legal…

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NATO, EU ink cooperation deal

NATO and the EU have signed a deal aimed at boosting cooperation on defence.

NATO and the EU have signed a deal aimed at boosting cooperation on defence.

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NATO: Defence is a platform for engaging in dialogue with Russia

NATO was once considered a relic of the Cold War, but now it is once again having to confront Russia which invaded eastern Ukraine in 2014 and annexed the Crimean…

NATO was once considered a relic of the Cold War, but now it is once again having to confront Russia which invaded eastern Ukraine in 2014 and annexed the Crimean…

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Cyberspace is officially a war zone - NATO

Cyber attacks against a member nation could trigger an Article 5 collective response by all 28 states involved.

Cyber attacks against a member nation could trigger an Article 5 collective response by all 28 states involved.

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Global defence spending rises for first time since 2011

For the first time in four years there has been a rise in global defence spending according to the latest report by the Stockholm International

For the first time in four years there has been a rise in global defence spending according to the latest report by the Stockholm International

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119 billion euros for German Army

The decision comes after criticism of the material German forces used abroad

The decision comes after criticism of the material German forces used abroad

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Brand new US warship breaks down on way to home port

A $360 million US warship broke down as it headed from the shipyard to its home port. The USS Milwaukee was heading to San Diego from Milwaukee

A $360 million US warship broke down as it headed from the shipyard to its home port. The USS Milwaukee was heading to San Diego from Milwaukee

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Britain to boost defence spending and create rapid strike force

David Cameron has announced a massive boost to Britain’s defence budget in the wake of the Paris attacks. Speaking after visiting the French capital

David Cameron has announced a massive boost to Britain’s defence budget in the wake of the Paris attacks. Speaking after visiting the French capital

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BAE Systems to axe 371 jobs after cut in Typhoon jet production

Europe’s biggest defence company BAE Systems says it’s to cut jobs in Britain and Australia, seeing no growth in earnings after it reduced the rate

Europe’s biggest defence company BAE Systems says it’s to cut jobs in Britain and Australia, seeing no growth in earnings after it reduced the rate

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NATO strives to keep pace with military challenges

The new NATO Response Force’s joint military exercises saw more than 2,000 soldiers and more than 200 tanks pour into Poland last week for four days

The new NATO Response Force’s joint military exercises saw more than 2,000 soldiers and more than 200 tanks pour into Poland last week for four days

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Five facts to know about European defence spending

NATO has just released extremely-detailed figures on its members’ spending on defence. To save you getting drowned in the depth of the data, we’ve

NATO has just released extremely-detailed figures on its members’ spending on defence. To save you getting drowned in the depth of the data, we’ve

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Beijing boosts South China Sea naval defence

China is increasing naval operations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Beijing has plans to build two lighthouses there, a move widely

China is increasing naval operations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Beijing has plans to build two lighthouses there, a move widely

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France boosts defence spending over terror threat

The sight of soldiers on foot patrol is to become a long-term feature in France after the government announced it is to boost defence spending in the

The sight of soldiers on foot patrol is to become a long-term feature in France after the government announced it is to boost defence spending in the

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Saudi Arabia breaks with tradition as new heirs to throne named

Saudi Arabia is to undergo a serious reshuffle of power. King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, at the helm since January 2015, has broken with tradition and

Saudi Arabia is to undergo a serious reshuffle of power. King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, at the helm since January 2015, has broken with tradition and

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First stop, Afghanistan, for new US Defence Secretary Ash Carter

Aiming to ensure a ‘lasting’ success in Afghanistan: the words of new US Defence Secretary Ash Carter prior to landing in Kabul on his first official

Aiming to ensure a ‘lasting’ success in Afghanistan: the words of new US Defence Secretary Ash Carter prior to landing in Kabul on his first official

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'Only Russia' dangerously probes British airspace, says source

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) has intercepted Russian fighter jets as they approached UK air space for the second time this week. On Friday

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) has intercepted Russian fighter jets as they approached UK air space for the second time this week. On Friday

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President Obama nominates Ash Carter as new defence secretary

Ashton Carter, a former deputy defence secretary has been nominated to replace Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as defence secretary in Washington.

Ashton Carter, a former deputy defence secretary has been nominated to replace Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as defence secretary in Washington.