The 1970s were a decade of anti-war movements. Willy Brandt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his détente policy toward the Eastern Bloc – and West German defense spending peaked at 3.13 percent of GDP in 1975. Clearly, those days are long gone.
The German military has been, by nearly all accounts, in a woeful state. In recent years, its helicopters wouldn’t fly, its submarines couldn’t sail, and its soldiers have wielded broomsticks in training exercises for lack of guns.
To equip Europe with the right tools to deal with cyber-attacks, the European Commission and the High Representative are proposing a wide-ranging set of measures to build strong cybersecurity in the EU.
European Union leaders meeting next week will agree to boost cooperation in the areas of security and defense and express support for global trade and the Paris agreement.
France's new Armed Forces Minister Sylvie Goulard has vowed to press ahead with European defence projects and work more closely with Germany.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said remaining differences over a planned military headquarters had been resolved and it could be formally launched in a few days.
Brexit-bound Britain is blocking the launch of an EU military headquarters because it opposes any suggestion that the unit would have an active operational role.
Germany has called for the inspection of all the country’s army barracks after memorabilia commemorating the Nazi army were found in a garrison.
With Russia stepping up its aggressions on the EU’s eastern border, and in light of President Donald Trump’s reticence to commit to NATO unless other members pay their way, EU politicians and bureaucrats are increasingly concerned about security.
The four ministers belonging to the "Southern Quartet" on Monday discussed different positions on the transatlantic relation between NATO partners.
Iran on Friday banned US wrestlers from the freestyle World Cup in response to President Donald Trump's executive order forbidding visas for Iranians.
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