In the run-up to last December’s European Union defense summit, British General Nick Houghton warned that the United Kingdom’s armed forces risked being “hollowed out.” Too little of Britain’s reduced defense budget was being spent on personnel, he noted, and too much on “exquisite” equipment bought for the wrong reasons. “We must also be careful,” he cautioned, “that the defense budget is not disproportionately used to support the British defense industry.”
Friday, July 4, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė paid a visit to the USS Oscar Austin destroyer. The ship which belongs to the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet has been sent to Klaipėda Seaport showing solidarity with the Baltic countries and providing support to enhance Lithuania's and regional security.
Four NATO ships entered the Black Sea today in a regularly scheduled deployment to enhance NATO solidarity and readiness in the region.
Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov shared his views on the role of modern Kazakhstan in the international arena, priorities of the country's foreign policy, medium and long-term prospects, and integration processes in an interview with Kaznform Agency.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk met with the country’s mining unions this Wednesday to address issues relating to industry taxes and charges.
A trilateral contact group consisting of representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE should resume its work before July 5 in order to reach agreement on establishing the regime of a bilateral ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.
Now that Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski is mired in a phone-tapping scandal, political editors say that he could have been more beneficial in the European Union (EU) Foreign Policy chief post instead of in Polish Foreign Ministry, DELFI reports.
The parties supporting Catalonian independence from the rest of Spain dominate that autonomous community. A referendum on self-determination is scheduled for November 9, 2014. However, according to the Constitution, no entity can hold a referendum without the consent of Spanish authorities or without a permit for a national referendum. This provision of the Basic Law was recently confirmed by the Congress of Deputies, the lower house of the Spanish Parliament, and the Spanish Constitutional Court, which prohibited Catalonia from holding this referendum. Nevertheless, the regional authorities continue to try and achieve this goal. The currently acute situation is quite dangerous, particularly with regards to the unpredictability of both sides.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being held in police custody for questioning over alleged influence-peddling. He is suspected of seeking inside information into a probe of his 2007 election campaign. The ex-President who is mulling a political comeback, denies any wrong doing.
Former Soviet republic Moldova’s government is happily embracing a new pact with the European Union. But the celebration is overshadowed by the prospect of Russian retaliation for the move, especially in light of the dangerous lesson of Ukraine.