# Defence and security

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron stand behind a model of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace before talks in Berlin on April 19, 2018. Photo: Kay Nietfeld / POOL / AFP
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and […]

Germany hits brakes on Macron’s European dreams

French President Emmanuel Macron's vision for a stronger EU may be under threat as a growing rift emerges with Germany on everything from defence to his plans for deeper eurozone integration.
French tank soldiers drive 'Leclerc' tanks during the 'Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2017' exercise in Grafenwoehr, near Eschenbach, southern Germany, on May 12, 2017. Photo: Christophe Stache / AFP
French tank soldiers drive 'Leclerc' tan […]

EU tackles tank transport troubles in face of Russia threat

The EU has launched plans to make it easier to move troops and equipment around the bloc as Europe seeks to boost its defences in the face of the growing threat from Russia.
Malian soldiers, part of a joint military force the G5 Sahel, patrol on November 2, 2017 in central Mali, in the border zone between Burkina Faso and Niger. Photo: Daphné Benoit / AFP
Malian soldiers, part of a joint militar […]

EU doubles Sahel force funding but African leaders issue warning

European leaders have doubled their funding for a force tackling jihadists in the Sahel, but African leaders warn the money must come quickly if it is to be effective.
US Defence Minister James Mattis looks on ahead of a press conference on the second day of Defence Ministers Council meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2018. Photo: John Thys / AFP
US Defence Minister James Mattis looks o […]

EU agrees common defence is NATO ‘mission alone’

The transatlantic alliance and the EU agree "the common defence is a NATO mission alone," US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said.