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  • German defense minister plans long-term modernization of military

    01/30/2015 11:33:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 30.01.2015 | [mg/bw (AFP, dpa)]
    Germany’s defense minister Ursula von der Leyen said Friday that her government planned to make the military one of the most sought after employers in the country. Von der Leyen was presenting a proposal for a more attractive Bundeswehr at the German parliament, the Bundestag. “This isn’t a sprint; rather, we have a marathon ahead of us,” the minister said. Von der Leyen, who belongs to the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), proposed more part-time work, better promotion opportunities and legally-stipulated working hours—a first in the German military. …
  • EU may buy French warships built for Russia

    08/04/2014 10:50:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 4, 2014 | Ed Adamczyk
    The European Union may acquire two Russian warships currently under construction in France, analysts say. The possibility comes as the United States and Western Europe tighten economic sanctions against Russia, and Monday's denial of a German defense contractor's delivery of military components to Russia by the German government. ... The German Navy proposed the EU purchase the ships,
  • EU wants stronger military industry

    06/25/2014 4:17:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.06.14 @ 09:29 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The European Commission on Tuesday (24 June) laid out plans on how to boost the EU’s military and defense industries. It wants to create a single market on defense, make it more profitable, and intensify and merge research with the civil sector. […] The EU’s €80 billion Horizon 2020 research program would be used to help fund dual-technology projects. It also wants to develop a new program to explore the potential benefits of EU-funded research projects. Among the ideas is to create drones capable of carrying out both civil and military operations. …
  • Hagel Urges European Allies to Increase Military Spending

    05/02/2014 12:53:59 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/2/14 | DAVID S. JOACHIM
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made a forceful case on Friday for European members of NATO to increase their military spending, calling Russia’s intervention in Ukraine a “clarifying moment” for the alliance. “In recent years, one of the biggest obstacles to alliance investment has been a sense that the end of the Cold War ushered in an end of history, an end to insecurity, at least in Europe, and the end of aggression by nation-states,” Mr. Hagel said in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center. “But Russia’s actions in Ukraine shatter that myth.” -snip- Mr. Hagel’s remarks added to calls...
  • EU countries to boost defense budgets in light of Ukraine

    04/16/2014 1:21:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.04.14 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    Military chiefs have said the Ukraine crisis is a “wake-up call” for EU countries’ defense spending, as the US backed Ukraine’s use of force in eastern regions. Speaking to press after a regular meeting of EU defense ministers in Luxembourg on Tuesday (15 April), the deputy chief of the EU’s external action service, Maciej Popowski, said: “We’ve had 70 years of peace now [in Europe], but we see that power politics is back with a vengeance, so it’s a wake-up call and now we need to get serious about defense.” He noted that “this was the feeling around the table”...
  • MEPs: EU needs defense force ‘under Union command’

    09/05/2013 10:01:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 04.09.13 @ 09:56 (Sep. 4) | Benjamin Fox
    Europe should create a civilian and military crisis operations HQ under EU command, according to a report by center-right MEPs. The proposal, contained in a policy paper published on Tuesday (3 September) by deputies from the European People’s Party, the largest group in the assembly, said EU “heads of state and government have to start building standby forces under Union command.” It called for EU leaders to commit themselves to defining the union’s security interests, prioritizing its strategic objectives and linking these with operational deployments. They said this should include a definition of European defense interests and its geographical priority...
  • France and Germany seek to revive EU defense policy

    07/31/2013 2:03:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 30.07.13 @ 16:51 | Honor Mahony
    The EU needs to do more for international security, France and Germany have said, as they call for improved battle groups and the use of drones in civilian airspace.In a joint letter and ideas paper, dated Friday (26 July), the foreign ministers of both countries say that amid “asymmetrical threats”, the EU needs to “assume increased responsibility for international peace and security.” They add that they are committed to making a planned EU defense summit in December a “success” with “tangible results.” Among the results they are hoping for is agreement on improved “operational effectiveness” of EU battle groups, clusters...
  • Irish attitudes to neutrality “narcissistic” (per European Affairs Minister)

    02/04/2013 10:20:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Monday, February 4, 2013 | Ruadhán Mac Cormaic in Paris
    Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has described Ireland’s position on military neutrality as “narcissistic”, but conceded it would be difficult for Fine Gael to win public support for a major shift in defense policy. A report on Ireland by one of France’s main EU think tanks, due to be published today, quotes Creighton saying she is “very supportive” of Ireland joining common European defense, but doesn’t believe her party could gain “political traction for that in the short term”. … The report by Notre Europe (Institut Jacques Delors), published to mark the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s EU accession, concludes...
  • Global Leadership Vacuum: Europe Incapable, America Unwilling

    02/02/2013 11:41:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 01, 2013 – 12:30 PM | Gregor Peter Schmitz
    US Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Germany this week in an effort to strengthen trans-Atlantic ties. Global politics have come to a standstill in recent years, with the United States unwilling to show leadership and Europe and other major powers unable to fill the vacuum. … You would think it were high time for Obama to jump back into the saddle before he gets reduced to a lame-duck status. But no matter how many blinding smiles the notoriously perky Biden flashes in Berlin and Munich, this is probably too much to expect. Of course, this gives rise to the...
  • NATO chief: EU must spend more on military

    01/31/2013 10:01:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 31.01.13 @ 19:00 | Andrew Rettman
    NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has urged EU countries to spend more on defense despite the economic crisis or risk losing US solidarity. He said in a foreword to the alliance’s report on 2012, out on Thursday (31 January), that: “If current defense spending trends were to continue, that would limit the practical ability of NATO’s European nations to work together with their North American allies. But it would also risk weakening the political support for our alliance in the United States.” He added NATO is still “the most important military power in the world.” But he also warned: “The...
  • Five EU countries call for new military “structure”

    11/16/2012 11:35:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11/16/2012 @ 09:26 | Andrew Rettman
    Five leading EU countries, but not the UK, have said the Union needs a new military “structure” to manage overseas operations. The foreign and defense ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain issued the call in a joint communiqué after a meeting in Paris on Thursday (15 November). The paper says: “We are convinced that the EU must set up, within a framework yet to be defined, true civilian-military structures to plan and conduct missions and operations.” … The communiqué also calls for more “pooling and sharing” of EU defense hardware in the context of crisis-related budget cuts. It...
  • EU military headquarters plans 'backed by Baroness Ashton'

    11/12/2012 10:43:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:00PM GMT 11 Nov 2012 | Henry Samuel, Paris and Bruno Waterfield, Brussels
    Baroness Ashton is a key ally in a French plot to create a Brussels military headquarters that will build on existing European Union military missions. Lady Ashton, the EU foreign minister, has signaled to Paris she will go against British opposition if France can win other allies this winter, a senior French defense ministry source has told the Daily Telegraph. … The French effectively view the launch of new EU military missions as a Trojan horse for a European military headquarters and France will mount a major offensive in mid-2014 that could see it back treaty change to scrap national...
  • EU countries to reduce dependence on US military

    03/25/2012 11:35:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 23.03.12 @ 09:26 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    European defense ministers endorsed plans on Thursday (22 March) to develop air-to-air refueling capabilities and field hospitals in a bid to reduce military costs. … Collectively, the EU spends some €200 billion on defense annually, but austerity measures are forcing ministers to rethink how to best use assets and upgrade capability. The past decade has seen at least a 15 percent drop in EU defense budgets. … Gaps in the EU military were already identified in Afghanistan. The former US defense minister Robert Gates last year said Europe's lack of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets rendered even Europe's most advanced...