Category: Europe

In Balkans, threat of Islamic radicalisation, Russian influence converge

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The White House says violent extremism and Russian aggression in Ukraine are two of the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. And one place those threats converge is the Balkan region, where political instability, outstanding ethnic tensions and economic fragility…

Putin Mobilizes Forces Preparing to Fight With NATO and US

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This week (March 16–21), the Russian military began massive, “sudden” military exercises (“vnezapnaya proverka”). The authorities initially announced that the “sudden exercises” are intended to check out the battle readiness of Russia’s Northern Fleet and the possibility of reinforcing it…

EU digests Russia’s South Stream announcement

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BRUSSELS EUObserver- EU diplomats predict Turkey will use Russia’s South Stream decision as leverage in accession talks, as the European Commission handles the financial implications for member states. The deliberations come after Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday (1 December) in…

Spain Grapples with Growing Islamic State Threat

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Jamestown.org: A recent report by the UN Security Council estimated that 15,000 people from over 80 countries have so far travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State organization and other extremist groups, “including… [from] countries that…

EU mulls response to Syria-bound fighters

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BRUSSELS (EUObserver)- Over 2,000 EU nationals are said to have left to fight in Syria raising concern some may pose a security threat upon their return to the EU. “We’ve more than 2,000 Europeans who have been to Syria, or…