German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron for a "great success" in the first round of France's parliamentary elections, as projections showed his party and its allies set to win a sweeping majority in the National Assembly.
The European Union threw its support behind calls from France and Germany on Wednesday by proposing to pool up to 5.5 billion euros per year into defence research and spending, raising questions of the EU’s relation to Nato and concerns of member states.
European politicians fear negotiations will now be more complicated
“We would like to return to extensive consultations in the coming months,” the chief of Polish diplomacy, Witold Waszczykowski, said after a meeting with the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, Jean-Yves Le Drian. The Polish foreign minister was taking part in the OSCE Ministerial Council in Paris.
Met police believe all three suspects in London Bridge and Borough Market attack are dead, as Theresa May warns of new threat of copycat attackers
NATO leaders wrapped up a meeting at the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Thursday (25 May 2017). This meeting was a strong demonstration of transatlantic unity and resolve, with Allies taking important decisions to do more in the fight against terrorism and to ensure fairer burden sharing across NATO.
Only 39 years old, Emmanuel Macron is the youngest person ever elected president of the French Republic. He won the final round of the presidential elections by a landslide against the far-right Front National candidate Marine Le Pen, but he did not get the support of the majority of registered French voters. An unprecedented number of voters—over a third of the total—either abstained (25.4%) or virtually boycotted the elections by casting blank or otherwise invalid ballots (11.5%). Therefore, only 63% of French voters actually voted for one or the other candidate.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to discuss bilateral cooperation, strengthening of regional and transatlantic security, and the implementation of deterrence measures.
You have named Russia´s intervention in US presidential elections last year and the subsequent scandal "Kremlingate" and said it is the biggest US political scandal since Watergate. How do you assess the damage all this has done to US institutions, credibility and political process? Has the Kremlin´s special operation succeeded in turning one part of US population (namely Trump supporters and millions of people in the midwest) against the federal institutions?
NATO and partners firmly committed to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan Security Forces
ATO Allies and partners, together with representatives of the donors’ community, reaffirmed their long-term commitment to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces, at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund Board, today (Tuesday, 2 May 2017).