Security

Freedom of thought 17-07-2017

[TUESDAY LUNCHTIME] EU envoy on religious freedom: ‘Mixed feelings’ about ECJ headscarf ban

To mark his first anniversary in the role as the EU’s inaugural Special Envoy for the Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the EU, EURACTIV interviewed Jan Figel about the headscarf ban, Islamist terrorism and growing up Catholic in a communist state.
Brexit 31-03-2017

Security is risky card for Britain in Brexit talks, analysts say

From sharing intelligence after terror attacks to pursuing cross-border criminals, security is a potential bargaining chip for Britain in the Brexit negotiations – but one that must be played carefully, analysts say.
Enlargement 31-03-2017

Kosovo’s president bows to pressure on his army plan

Kosovo's President Hashim Thaçi on Thursday (30 March) gave up on his plans for a rapid transformation of the nation's defence force into an army, ceding to strong opposition from Western allies.
Politics 30-03-2017

Austrian neutrality complicates future role in security policy

Whether it's the issue of an EU army or common security policy, Austria tends to refer back to its treasured Declaration of Neutrality. But critics are calling for a rethink. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 30-03-2017

UK likely to leave Europol and might ‘take our information with us’

Britain is likely to leave European Union police agency Europol after Brexit and could "take our information" away if no future security deal is struck with the bloc, interior minister Amber Rudd said yesterday (29 March).
Politics 29-03-2017

The Presidency debate: Europe’s security

Europe is facing many security challenges. The Maltese Presidency has made it a priority.
Data protection 29-03-2017

EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June

The European Commission will propose new measures in June to make it easier for police to access data on internet messaging apps like WhatsApp, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said yesterday (28 March), heeding calls from national interior ministers.
Europe's East 28-03-2017

Russian team inspects Romanian military base

Russian inspectors are visiting a military facility in Romania today (28 March) to assess if there is any activity in the area. The country's defence minister insists that everything is “normal”. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Politics 24-03-2017

Juncker to US: If the EU collapses, there will be war in Balkans

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned US Vice President Mike Spence of another war in the Western Balkans if the EU collapses, including as a result of Donald Trump encouraging member states to leave after Brexit.
Enlargement 24-03-2017

Who provokes, who rules, who benefits?

Turkey, or let us say the Turkish president and the government, continues losing prestige in the West with his aggressive and provocative approach. Zakir Gul asks, is Erdoğan paving the way for a one-man-rule presidency with the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey?
Politics 23-03-2017

Belgium arrests man trying to drive into crowd in Antwerp

Belgian police arrested a man on Thursday (23 March) after he tried to drive into a crowd at high-speed in a shopping area in the northern city of Antwerp, a police chief said.
Politics 23-03-2017

Commissioner warns of ‘growing menace’ of right-wing terrorism in EU

EXCLUSIVE/ EU Security Commissioner Julian King warned of the ‘growing menace’ of violent, right-wing extremism, as a possible backlash against the ongoing attacks by jihadists.
Politics 23-03-2017

EU summons Turkish ambassador over Erdogan safety remarks

The EU today (23 March) summoned the Turkish envoy to explain President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's warning that Europeans risk being unsafe on the world's streets.
Politics 23-03-2017

Tillerson urges Senate ratification of Montenegro’s NATO membership

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to the leaders of the US Senate urging the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, saying it is "strongly in the interests of the United States."
Politics 23-03-2017

World leaders stand with Britain after London attack

World leaders unanimously condemned the attack in the heart of London by a man who was shot dead by armed police, with many saying they stand with Britain.
Global Europe 22-03-2017

One year after the Brussels attacks, the city remembers those lost

Wednesday (22 March) marks the first anniversary of the Brussels attacks, which took over 30 lives and injured many more, shocking the capital of the European Union
Politics 22-03-2017

EU anti-terror czar: ‘The threat is coming from inside Europe’

A year after the Brussels attacks, Gilles de Kerchove told EURACTIV.com about the fast pace of development of EU security policy, calling for the “systematic use of biometrics” and “batch comparison” of databases in order to boost security in the Schengen area.
Politics 22-03-2017

One year after the Brussels attacks: How can Europe prevent the next tragedy?

Today's anniversary of the terror attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016 provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on the challenge posed by jihadist radicalisation and the need for effective prevention policies across Europe, write Alexander Ritzmann and Andrea Frontini.
Defence policy 22-03-2017

EU defence policy ready for psychiatric treatment

Calls for a more militarised Europe have grown and grown, while the EU Council recently concluded that “Europe must commit additional resources” to defence. But increasing military expenditure is not the way forward, warn Bram Vranken and Laëtitia Sédou.
Politics 22-03-2017

Brussels attacks survivor: I return to Maelbeek station every working day

EXCLUSIVE / A survivor of the Brussels terror attacks has kept his vow to get back on the city’s metro system for his daily commute to the European Parliament. Mark Beamish was in the carriage behind suicide bomber Khalid el-Bakraoui when the terrorist blew himself up at Maelbeek station a year ago today (22 March).
Politics 22-03-2017

Mayor of Vilvoorde: Build bridges with youth to avoid radicalisation

Speaking in the European Parliament yesterday (21 March), Hans Bonte, the mayor of Vilvoorde, a municipality sometimes called “the city of Jihadists”, shared his experience on how to avoid the radicalisation of young people.
Politics 22-03-2017

Dijsselbloem ‘mail bomb target’, says spokesman

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem was targeted by a mail bomb which had been "intercepted", his spokesman said yesterday (21 March), a day after Greek police found eight "suspect" packages addressed to European officials.
Global Europe 22-03-2017

Prominent MEP provides insight into Rome Declaration

As the Rome Declaration is finalised, Portuguese Partido Socialista MEP Maria João Rodrigues (S&D) provided insight yesterday (21 March), about what ideally should be in it, in anticipation of its unveiling.
Global Europe 22-03-2017

Belgian government ‘must do more’ to support Brussels bombings victims

One year ago, in a cold basement of Astrid Hospital, Anne Cameron Cain frantically searched for news of her husband. Along with dozens of other families, the Cains were not prepared for the tragic events of that day, which took the lives of both Anne's husband Alexander Pinczowski and her sister-in-law Sascha Pinczowski.

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