Category: Europe

Russia-linked Hackers Target German Political Foundations

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Hackers with connections to Russia have tried to spy on German political foundations associated with the country’s largest parties, according to security experts. The Friedrich Ebert and the Konrad Adenauer Foundations were targeted by hackers in March and April this…

Macedonia’s inconclusive election indicates continuing political uncertainty in 2017 with probable new vote, stalled anti-corruption efforts

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Key Points If the political parties fail to reach consensus over government formation – a reasonably likely scenario – an early election is likely in May 2017. Protests, posing moderate risks of collateral damage to vehicles and building fronts, and…

EU battlegroups ‘failing’

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Europe’s (EU) battlegroup concept is failing because the costs are being borne by those nations providing the troops and equipment rather than by the European Union (EU) as a whole, a senior German official said on 30 November. Speaking at…

Poland requests to buy 70 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B missiles

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Poland has requested to buy 70 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) with related support, equipment, and training, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 28 November. The JASSM-ER is fitted with a more efficient…

MPS fails EBA stress test, announces rescue plan For EU banking sector

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Event On July 29th Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS; total assets of €164.4bn) failed the EU-wide stress test of the European Banking Authority (EBA). MPS’s board approved an emergency plan to sell €27.7bn in gross non-performing loans (NPLs), some to…

The Meaning of Russia’s Naval Deployments in the Mediterranean

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Jamestown: Russian ships equipped with the advanced sea-launched Kalibr cruise missile will now be perpetually present in the Mediterranean Sea as part of Moscow’s naval operations connected to the mission in Syria. This is according to Admiral Aleksandr Vitko, the…

Coming Arms Race in the Balkans?

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On December 2, 2015, Montenegro was formally invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The military alliance saw its last enlargement round in 2009, when Albania and Croatia were admitted. The acceptance of these states was widely seen…

Operation CUT: Bosnia versus the Islamic State

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20Committee: Early this morning, more than a hundred Bosnian special police raided thirteen different locations around Sarajevo, the capital, arresting eleven suspects on a raft of terrorism charges. Those taken into custody are considered affiliates of the Islamic State, the…