Tag: Holy Roman Empire

Donald Tusk tells UK: You can still stop Brexit

Top European Union official Donald Tusk has warned the “toughest stress test” of Brexit negotiations is still to come and suggested Britain could yet stay in the bloc.   With Theresa May hoping exit talks will move on to discussions about trade by the end of the year, the European Council president insisted it is […]

Germany Drafts Outline of EU-U.K. Ties Post-Brexit, Paper Shows

Germany is working on proposals for the European Union’s future relations with the U.K. that include calls for a “comprehensive free-trade accord” with the British government, according to a draft paper prepared by the Foreign Ministry in Berlin.With EU leaders due to discuss Brexit at a summit in Brussels on Thursday, the document lays out […]

NATO launches Black Sea force as latest counter to Russia

The force will initially be built around a Romanian brigade of up to 4,000 soldiers, supported by troops from nine other NATO countries, and complementing a separate deployment of 900 U.S. troops who are already in place. The plans are to include additional air and sea assets to give the force greater capabilities.SPONSORED“Our purpose is […]

Russian War Games Spark NATO Concerns

The NATO secretary general has said that Russia must allow NATO to observe its military exercises near the Baltic states next week in a bid to increase transparency. Jens Stoltenberg said Russia must accept the NATO exercises under guidelines agreed between the two powers, which laid out plans for war games involving more than 30,000 […]

NATO battlegroups in Baltic nations and Poland fully operational

In response to a changed security environment, Allied leaders decided at the Warsaw Summit in 2016 to enhance NATO’s military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. Since then, four multinational battlegroups totaling approximately 4,500 troops have deployed to the Baltic nations and Poland. Canada leads the battlegroup in Latvia, with contributions by Albania, […]

MEPs unveil plan for EU army, navy and air force after Britain has left

In a dossier compiled by the liberal ALDE grouping, which is headed by Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, MEPs call for “EU integrated military forces” to intervene on behalf of the bloc across the globe.   They say Brussels needs “autonomous” military capabilities which would have their own budget, be under the direct command of eurocrats […]

Germany Urges EU To Fight Back Against Russia Sanctions Bill

Germany’s economics minister on July 31 urged the European Union to fight back against new sanctions by the United States that could penalize Western companies doing business with Russia. The new sanctions targeting Russia’s energy firms were included in legislation passed overwhelmingly by Congress last week and expected to be signed into law by President […]

E.U. Is Uneasy, and Divided, About U.S. Sanctions on Russia

LONDON — European Union officials are worried about a move to toughen United States sanctions against Russia, saying they may cause upheaval in Europe’s energy market.   But as usual, the 28-nation bloc is divided, with central European countries more willing to limit the bloc’s dependence on Russian oil and gas.   The new round […]

Germany warns citizens of Turkey risks amid arrests

The German government has warned its citizens and firms they face the risk of “arbitrary” arrest in Turkey. “People who are travelling to Turkey for private or business reasons are urged to exercise increased caution,” the German foreign ministry said. Firms face investment risks in Turkey because of Turkish legal deficiencies, the ministry said. Germany […]

Russia’s Zapad Wargames Are Making NATO Nervous

Russia’s summer wargames, named Zapad (“West”) 2017, are set to kick off in September but are already setting off alarm bells across Europe. Held every four years, the Zapad exercises are a window into Russia’s military prowess—and perhaps future intentions.   The exercises, held jointly between Russia and neighboring Belarus, will take place later this […]