Posts tagged as Europe

Europe must be able to deter Russia as US heads toward conflict with China

Friday, January 11, 2019

Ben Hodges, former commander of United States Army Europe, forecasts that the United States will get into a conflict with China within the next 10 years and Europe will have to be able to deter Russia on its own. “I do believe that we are on a path to a conflict with China. A few months ago, I thought it was 15 years but now I think it’s much closer,…

American “Trojan horse” in Poland and Baltic states

By Jonas Dringelis on Saturday, December 29, 2018

The confrontation between East and West threatens potential war between the United States and Russia. In this case, the Baltic countries, Poland can become a battlefield between West and East. Most NATO planners and independent experts think that if any fighting breaks out between Russia and its neighbors to the West, the likely battlefields will be Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland. And the question today is not whether NATO will fight, but…

Modern European security: theory and practice

By Eugene Eteris on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

In the second article on European security, the issues inspired by the media-summit in Brussels, some theory and practice in modern approaches to security both in the EU institutions and the member states are discussed. Besides, present Commission agenda on security union shows its role in the member states increased attention to security and defense. Security protection issues are becoming a hot-spot agenda in the member states’ external and internal…

Emmanuel Macron calls for unified Europe in Bundestag address

Monday, November 19, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron told German lawmakers on Sunday that it was up to France and Germany to build a modern, efficient, democratic Europe fit for the future. In a speech to the Bundestag to mark Germany’s Day of Mourning for those killed in war, Macron said that Germany and France had overcome 200 years of “merciless wars” to make a “lasting peace” and “cement a bedrock of cooperation in all fields.” Acknowledging that Europe…

NATO nudges Europe to make its transport networks war-ready

Thursday, November 15, 2018

NATO leaders have their eyes on the European Union’s draft budget as a means to boost spending on infrastructure projects that could serve key military functions besides their civilian uses. The push comes as both organizations seek ways to increase defense cooperation without stepping on each other’s toes. Defense officials have described joint activities in military mobility as a relatively safe space in a NATO-EU field fraught with political tension.…

Rapid production cost increase observed in Europe for specific foodstuffs

Friday, November 2, 2018

More and more European food producers mention rapidly growing production costs. This was caused by lasting drought and heat in summer and the follow-up drop in grains harvest across most of Europe, as well as fuel and packaging material price rise, as reported by Latvian Federation of Food Companies. Unexpected heat and drought this year has decreased grains harvest in most of Europe and multiple other major grain-producing countries. This…

Merkel says Europe wants orderly Brexit solution, not debating other options

Saturday, October 27, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday Europe wants an orderly solution to Brexit and was not debating other options as Britain negotiates its withdrawal from the European Union. Merkel also told a news conference in Prague that she would discuss with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday the case of a German citizen sentenced to six years and three months in prison for membership of a terrorist organization.

Germany shares Iran, Syria goals with US, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says

Thursday, October 4, 2018

After meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Maas said the two nations have the “same goals” on Iran — despite the US decision to abandon the Iran nuclear pact. The meeting came amid strained trans-Atlantic ties. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his American counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reaffirmed areas of trans-Atlantic cooperation during a Wednesday meeting in Washington. The 45-minute meeting comes during a time of strained…

Lithuanian president, in New York, calls for fixing labor market gender inequality faster

Monday, October 1, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has called on UN member states to improve education and break down stereotypes in an effort to fix gender inequality in labor markets at a faster pace. Grybauskaitė, who led a high-level discussion on economic growth through women’s empowerment at the UN General Assembly in New York, urged UN member states to wipe away laws that discriminate against women. “Dalia Grybauskaitė pointed out that upgrading education…

Italians Feel Left Alone by Europe in Front of Migration Problem

By Scott Bennet on Friday, September 28, 2018

The Italian government has adopted a decree that will allow expelling migrants found guilty of serious crimes such as rape and assault. Migrants accused of drug dealing will have their applications denied. The decree needs the approval of the Parliament. Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said it’s “a step forward to make Italy safer.” Sputnik discussed the Italian government’s measures to curb migration with Fulvio Scaglione, an independent Italian journalist and writer.…