European Security and Defence Policy
Latest news about EU initiatives relating to a common security policy for Europe
- Britain, France to drum up support to arm Syrian rebels — 22 May 2013, 21:51 CET
French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David
Cameron Wednesday said they would seek European support for their
proposal to arm the Syrian opposition to fight regime forces.
- EU approves Libya border support mission — 22 May 2013, 17:29 CET
EU leaders agreed Wednesday to send a civilian border assistance mission
to Libya which should begin operations next month.
- Urgent action needed to dodge Syria spillover: EU — 22 May 2013, 16:48 CET
Urgent action is needed to protect countries bordering Syria from spillover from the spiralling civil war there, the EU's aid chief said on Wednesday.
- EU denies labelling of settler goods delayed — 20 May 2013, 23:34 CET
The European Union on Monday denied an Israeli media report that it was delaying labelling of products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
- Afghan EU envoys push private sector in Herat — 20 May 2013, 17:01 CET
It was an away-day with a difference -- 13 European ambassadors
travelling from Kabul to the western city of Herat to prove that
business can be conducted outside the Afghan capital.
- EU military chief 'confident' about Mali troop training — 18 May 2013, 23:46 CET
The head of the EU military committee said on Saturday he was "confident"
in the ability of the first Mali battalion being trained by Europe to
battle the Islamist insurgency raging in the north.
- Iran's Jalili says Istanbul nuclear talks 'long and useful' — 16 May 2013, 13:46 CET
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said on Thursday that nuclear talks with the EU'S foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton were "long and useful" and that both sides have decided to continue the discussions.
- Mali donor conference raises EUR 3.25 bn — 15 May 2013, 22:25 CET
International donors pledged a much more than expected 3.2 billion euros
in aid Wednesday to help Mali avoid the mistakes which allowed Islamist
rebels to seize vast swathes of the troubled country.
- Mali aid meet opens with pledge to avoid past mistakes — 15 May 2013, 13:35 CET
International donors pledged Wednesday to help all sides in Mali avoid the mistakes of the past which led to crisis and war as they put together an aid package worth two billion euros.
- EU urges Greece to respect refugees' right to asylum — 14 May 2013, 20:21 CET
The European Union on Tuesday called on Greece to review its asylum
policies, especially for Syrians fleeing "atrocities" in their country.
- Germany cancels 'Euro Hawk' drone programme — 14 May 2013, 18:56 CET
Germany has cancelled a planned 'Euro Hawk' drone programme fearing
European authorities will not certify them, a defence ministry source
said Tuesday after reported European safety concerns.
- Mali president will do utmost to ensure polls on July 28 — 14 May 2013, 18:55 CET
Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore said Tuesday he will do his
utmost to ensure that national elections, a key goal of the troubled
country's backers, take place as planned on July 28.
- Mali president pledges polls as EU, France gather donors — 14 May 2013, 20:20 CET
Mali's president pledged Tuesday that July elections, a key goal of the troubled country's backers, will go ahead as he prepared for a donors conference meant to help Bamako move on from war and a two-year political crisis.
- EADS posts profit leap as Airbus orders soar — 14 May 2013, 12:15 CET
European aerospace giant EADS said Tuesday its first quarter profits
soared 91 percent from a year ago to 241 million euros ($316 million)
amid solid demand for its commercial aircraft.
- Austria warns against arms shipments to Syrian rebels — 14 May 2013, 12:00 CET
Austria has warned its 26 European Union partners in a letter against
providing weapons for rebel movements in the Syrian conflict, said a
press report to be published Tuesday.
- Pakistan vote step forward, but irregularities: EU — 13 May 2013, 16:19 CET
High turnout in Pakistan's landmark election was a positive step for
democracy even though the campaign was marred by violence and
irregularities, a European Union observer mission said Monday.
- EU warns Syria crisis at 'breaking point', boosts aid — 12 May 2013, 23:26 CET
The European Commission announced on Sunday an additional 65 million euros in aid for Syrian refugees and internally displaced, warning the crisis is "already at breaking point".
- EU 'very satisfied' with US-Russia Syria accord — 08 May 2013, 13:08 CET
The European Union on Wednesday said it was "very satisfied" with a joint call from Russia and the United States for a peace conference on Syria.
- Israel raids on Syria killed at least 42 soldiers — 06 May 2013, 22:33 CET
Israeli raids on Syrian targets at the weekend killed at least 42
soldiers, a watchdog said Monday, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the
European Union warned against a spillover of the conflict.
- EU warns of 'spillover' threat in Syria region — 06 May 2013, 13:32 CET
The EU's executive on Monday expressed "great concern" following Israeli
air strikes against Syrian targets and warned against an escalation of
- US backs Georgia bid to join NATO, EU — 01 May 2013, 19:22 CET
The United States on Wednesday endorsed the former Soviet republic of
Georgia's democratic reforms and bid to join NATO and the EU, amid a
power struggle between its president and prime minister.
- EU criticies Israel destroying Palestinian structures — 26 April 2013, 21:44 CET
European Union missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah expressed serious
concerns on Friday about the demolition this week of 22 structures in
eight places across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
- EU urges UN probe inside Syria on chemical weapon fears — 26 April 2013, 15:28 CET
The European Union on Friday reiterated a request to Damascus to enable
a UN chemical weapons probe in Syria after the United States said for
the first time that the regime has probably used such weapons.
- Hundreds of fighters going to Syria 'a threat to EU' — 25 April 2013, 14:35 CET
The departure of hundreds of young Europeans to fight in Syria poses "a serious threat" to Europe's security, the EU's anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove said on Thursday.
- Grim Greek fate for Syrians fleeing civil war — 25 April 2013, 11:06 CET
For most people, it was yet another Aegean Sea tragedy in which a group
of would-be migrants in a small boat drowned while trying to reach