UK to veto EU 'defence union'

British defence minister Michael Fallon has said the UK would veto the creation of EU military capabilities so long as it remained a member of the bloc.

(c) EUobserver | 17.09.2016

Germany and France seek stronger EU defence after Brexit

Germany and France have outlined plans to deepen European military cooperation, a document showed on Monday (12 September), as Britain’s exit from the European Union removes one of the biggest obstacles to stronger EU defence in tandem with NATO.

(c) EurActiv | 13.09.2016

Erdogan to meet Putin for a ‘new beginning’

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet on Tuesday (9 August) his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin aiming to open “a new page” in bilateral relations and reverse the damage sustained by sanctions imposed by Russia.

(c) EurActiv I 08.08.2016

Renzi: ‘Italian judges do not answer to Erdogan’

Rome and Ankara bickered yesterday (2 August) over an Italian investigation into accusations that Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan’s son Bilal laundered money.

(c) EurActiv I 03.08.2016

China puts human rights activists on trial

Prominent rights lawyer filmed denouncing campaigners and blaming ‘foreign forces’ for law firm’s activities

(c) The Guardian I 02.08.2016

Erdoğan shadow over Cyprus peace bid

Turmoil in Ankara coincides with final push toward a reunification deal.

(c) Politico I 02.08.2016

Switzerland becomes Brexit casualty

With the EU aware that a deal with Switzerland could set a precedent for talks with the U.K., the balance of power between the two has shifted.

(c) Politico I 02.08.2016

Turkey to back out of EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel

Turkey would have to back out of its agreement with the European Union to stem the flow of migrants into the bloc if the EU does not deliver visa-free travel for Turks, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.

(c) EurActiv I 01.08.2016

EU, US slam new Israeli settlement plans as ‘provocative and counterproductive’

Brussels and Washington on Wednesday (27 July) slammed as “provocative” Israeli plans to build hundreds of new settlement homes in annexed east Jerusalem, saying they seriously undermined the prospect of peace with the Palestinians.

(c) EurActiv I 28.07.2016

China says to hold drills with Russia in South China Sea

China and Russia will hold "routine" naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.

(c) Reuters I 28.07.2016