Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:58:26 GMT
Security forces should shoot at the boats of migrants trying to reach the European Union illegally, a member of parliament for the Danish government's main political ally, the Danish People's Party, suggested on national television. "The only efficient way is to turn the boats and say: 'You cannot sail within this national border and if you do, you will either be shot at or be turned around and sailed back," Kenneth Berth, the EU spokesman for anti-immigrant party, said on broadcaster DK4 on Tuesday.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:03:48 GMT
Lithuanian army soldier with the other troops from 11 NATO nations takes part in the exercise in urban warfare during Iron Sword exercise in the mock town near Pabrade, Lithuania, December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins NATO Supreme Commander Army Gen.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:52:12 GMT
This week's meeting comes days after the European Union unveiled an ambitious new plan for defense funding and research, including a $5.36 billion annual investment fund. While Washington has for years called on the Europeans to increase their defense spending, Trump's tough remarks appear to have hit home, analysts say.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:17:05 GMT
HAMBURG: Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said he was "quite encouraged" that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would maintain a strong U.S. commitment to European security despite comments that had sparked concern during the election campaign. Mikser said he was still waiting to see whom Trump would nominate as secretary of state, but said recent remarks by Trump and his transition team had helped assuage concerns raised when the Republican candidate said he would consider a country's contributions to the NATO alliance before coming to its defence.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:40:35 GMT
A Greek court in Athens, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 201... . FILE - In this Thursday, July 21, 2016 file photo, a Turkish military officer is transferred to a court hall in the city of Alexandroupolis, northern Greece.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:12:31 GMT
The State Department stopped using the term years ago to describe the likes of Iran and North Korea, figuring it was needlessly provocative. But it would seem the incoming Trump administration plans to handle its affairs - domestic and foreign - in a manner that meets the dictionary definition of a "rogue state" as one "that conducts its policy in a dangerously unpredictable way."
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:51:04 GMT
A businessman who allegedly helped the Iranians duck U.S. sanctions used to operate in one of the Istanbul towers bearing the name of the next American president. Two buildings in Turkey may have more potential to upend American national security than any of president-elect Donald Trump 's other foreign business dealings.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:37:21 GMT
Members of the Taliban stand at the site of the execution of three men in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, April 18, 2015. Members of the Taliban gather at the site of the execution of three men accused of murdering a couple during a robbery in Ghazni province, Afghanistan April 18, 2015.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:27:23 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, center, prior to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:55:07 GMT
NATO's top military officer says that around 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance's high command in response to the failed coup attempt in Turkey in July. U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti said Wednesday that the move had placed "an extra load on our remaining people" and that "it obviously has an impact on their military."
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:24:01 GMT
News selected on topics and regions - oil and gas, business, politics, IT, the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia Ranking of the Azerbaijani banking sector Azerbaijan, as a reliable partner of NATO and friend of brotherly Afghanistan, is committed to continue its significant contribution to the Resolute Support Mission beyond 2016 by providing troops, multimodal transit, training and financial assistance, said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov at the NATO Resolute Support Ministerial in Brussels Dec. 7.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:18:22 GMT
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says security problems are undermining peace efforts in eastern Ukraine, as a routinely violated cease-fire barely holds in the separatist Donbass region. Opening talks between NATO and Ukraine foreign ministers Wednesday, Stoltenberg said the security situation "remains serious" and "hinders progress toward a political settlement."
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:05:23 GMT
Ukraine feels let down by the European Union for not keeping to a promise to give its citizens visa-free travel in the bloc, senior Ukrainian officials said. The comments, made by two senior officials in interviews with Reuters, were unusually outspoken and cut through the public displays of bonhomie shown at a Ukraine-EU summit in Brussels in November.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:05:35 GMT
Prominent neoconservative columnist Robert Kagan testified before Congress on Tuesday about the biggest threats facing the US - which he says are Russia and China. "Only these two great powers [Russia and China] have the capacity to upend the world order which has long provided for Americans' security and well-being," Kagan told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:47:17 GMT
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, citing the lack of foreign policy experience of President-Elect Donald Trump, on Monday introduced the Reclamation of War Powers Act, a bill that would explicitly return the power to declare and wage war back to Congress as the Constitution requires. "The power to make and execute war is explicitly granted to Congress in article I section 8 of the Constitution," Himes said in a statement.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:22:13 GMT
NATO and the European Union made a public show of unity Tuesday in the face of criticism from Donald Trump, hailing their deepening cooperation as the U.S. president-elect insists European allies start pulling their own military weight. In the presence of EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, NATO foreign ministers endorsed more than 40 proposals for boosting cooperation on cyber security, sea operations, and helping neighboring countries better defend themselves.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:22:12 GMT
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, and European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini participate in a media conference after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday discussed closer EU-NATO cooperation and trans-Atlantic ties.