Catalonia trial stirs frustration as another referendum looms

By Mike Woods

In Spain, some forty thousand people gathered at a Barcelona courthouse Monday in support of former Catalonia regional leader Artur Mas and two other politicians, as they went on trial for organising an independence referendum in November 2014. Underlying the trial is a sense of frustration with Madrid’s position on Catalonian independence as the region’s government promises another referendum for this year. READ MORE

Schulz keeps options open on refugee policy

By Hans Monath

Martin Schulz will contest this year’s federal elections and he believes the refugee crisis needs a European solution. But do Germans think his increase in popularity is only a short-lived phenomenon? Euractiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports. READ MORE

The nearest future of the country with profitable investments


By Arthur Dunn

Kazakhstan was up to no less than a technological revolution, some aspects of which the post-Soviet space are not implemented before. Widespread automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and the development of international technology park startups - that for the majority of the Central Asian republic neighbors still episodes of the science fiction movie, for Kazakhstan, it is obvious already the near future. It is not far. Translate the economy on a new track President Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed to 2025. READ MORE

Germany pledges to defend Lithuania: Key quotes from defense minister

In her congratulatory message to the German-led NATO battalion in Lithuania, Germany's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday pledged to defend Lithuania's freedom and independence. READ MORE

Scottish parliament rejects Brexit in non-binding vote

Scotland's devolved parliament has officially opposed Westminster's march towards Brexit. The outcome of the vote could now serve as a basis for a second referendum for Scottish independence. READ MORE

Joint press point


with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and the President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon. READ MORE

Trump's foreign travel is causing headaches abroad


Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump is forcing foreign leaders to grapple with an extraordinary question: Is it worth the political risk to invite him for a visit? READ MORE

Moscow Pursues Enhanced Precision-Strike Capability

By Roger N. McDermott

Moscow’s defense establishment annually reflects on achievements in modernizing and enhancing combat capability and readiness levels in the Russian Armed Forces. READ MORE

EU needs changes, says Polish PM after talks with Merkel

The European Union needs to change and national parliaments need a stronger role, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło said on Tuesday after talks in Warsaw with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. READ MORE

The Pearl in the Great China Fleet

By Alexander Yermakov

The People’s Liberation Army Navy of China (the PLA Navy) is perhaps the fastest growing and most ambitious navy in the world. After decades of focusing on coastal defence, the PLA Navy is for the first time ever venturing into the world’s oceans and is prepared to fight for supremacy in the region. In order to back up its lofty territorial claims and confirm its status as a means of projecting the country’s power to the world, the PLA Navy has initiated a large-scale programme to build an aircraft carrier fleet.  READ MORE

February 2017