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European countries rethink military service amid Ukraine war
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Like NATO, the EU has a mutual defence clause but trust appears low
Article 42.7 is the EU's mutual defence clause yet Sweden and Finland still opted to join NATO.
Denmark votes to join EU common defence policy
The result of a referendum in Denmark on Wednesday shows voters overwhelmingly in favour of joining the EU's common defence policy 30 years after opting out
Denmark holds referendum on European common defence
Denmark is voting in a referendum today on whether or not to scrap the country's opt-out of the European common defence policy.
Finland wants to join NATO. But how does a new member sign up?
The process to join the alliance relies heavily on the political appetite of member states.
How Sweden is bracing itself for Russian attack
After the end of the Cold War, Sweden demilitarized Gotland island in the Baltic sea. Now, in the wake of Putin’s war in Ukraine, Sweden is accelerating its re-armament.
Emmanuel Macron's second term priorities for Europe
Support for the European Union has been Emmanuel Macron’s trademark policy ever since he first came to power in 2017. The French president believes in the EU. Freshly re-elected, he now has five more years to pursue his goal of close cooperation between member states.
What would a neutral Ukraine look like?
A neutral Ukraine would be forced to renounce NATO aspirations but could continue its path towards EU membership.
Germany eyes French election hoping to protect bilateral cooperation
The hope in Berlin’s government circles is for Macron’s re-election and a continuation of the groundwork that’s been laid with the new German Chancellor.
Swiss bomb shelters are readied as international tensions mount
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has reawakened interest in Switzerland's concrete nuclear fallout shelters, built during the Cold War with enough space to shelter everyone in the country.
What is the 'strategic compass' and what does it mean for EU defence?
It has its weaknesses but shows the EU is carving itself a greater geopolitical role.
Explained: Denmark's surprising U-turn on the EU common defence policy
The Ukraine war is prompting the Nordic country to reconsider an opt-out clause that dates back to the early 1990s.
Denmark to hold referendum on joining EU common defence policy
Denmark will boost its defence spending and hold a referendum on joining the EU common defence policy amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
'New era': Scholz pledges €100bn boost to German defence spending
The German chancellor made the announcement at a special session of the Bundestag in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
US troops set to use military bases in Slovakia after treaty approved
Thousands of people had rallied against the deal.
Nord Stream 2 future dependent on Russian action on Ukraine
The natural gas pipeline was completed in September, but is currently awaiting approval from both German and European regulators.
US defence chief slams China's drive for hypersonic weapons
US defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said that China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons “increases tensions in the region”.
EU's draft defence strategy points to evolution, not revolution | View
The EU's new draft defence and security strategy is a lot less ambitious and more pragmatic than expected. As it should be, argues researcher Niklas Nováky.
Word of the Week: Strategic Compass
Much as been said about EU's newest tool, but what does it mean and where is this compass leading the bloc?
US defence secretary underlines support for eastern Europe
"The security and stability of the Black Sea are in the US's national interest and are critical to the security of NATO's eastern flank," Austin said.
NKo TV airs footage of missile launch from train
North Korea said on Thursday it successfully launched ballistic missiles from a train for the first time and was continuing to bolster its defences, after the two Koreas test-fired missiles hours apart in dueling displays of military might.
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Europe's week: EU manages Afghanistan withdrawal and Belarus sanctions
The week was mired by discontent among European Union countries. Train drivers in Germany went on another strike; Greek police clashed with participants of anti-vaccine rules protests; and in Poland, the public resistance against the country's controversial justice reform intensified.
US intelligence report says 143 UFO incidents remain unexplained
A highly-anticipated US intelligence report offered few explanations for unidentified aerial phenomena, highlighting 143 incidents that remain unexplained.
EU lets US, Canada and Norway join its military mobility project
In a move suggesting President Biden is happier about closer military co-operation with the EU, the US will join a European Union military project.
Military spending rises worldwide despite COVID-19 pandemic
Defence expenditure was up by 4 per cent in Europe in the first year of the pandemic.
Talks underway over early Afghanistan withdrawal, says Germany
Deliberations are underway over the possible withdrawal of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Kabul by July 4, the German defence ministry said.
NATO allies must all meet spending requirements, says Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged members of the military alliance to jointly fund more of its work at a virtual meeting of defence ministers on Wednesday.