Category: Europe

Norway, NORDEFCO and Shaping a Way Ahead with the Nordics

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By Robbin Laird As Norway looks to its defense transformation and working out ways to work more effectively with its allies in extended defense and deterrence, it faces change in Europe associated with significant dynamics of change in Europe from…

China’s One Belt One Road Initiative – A push for influence or debt?

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An interview with Sijbren de Jong, a strategic analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. Interviewer: Małgosia Krakowska neweasterneurope.eu MAŁGOSIA KRAKOWSKA: When the Chinese president announced the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR), it was hailed as the “project…

Saudi counterterrorism chiefs conduct Paris charm offensive

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Riyadh is often accused of being too tolerant of jihadist groups and is looking to change that image by becoming an exemplary actor in the fight against Islamist extremism. At the end of March, Mohammed Bin Nayef, the kingdom’s crown…

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…