Common Security and Defence Policy

Op-ed: A wrong-headed clause in Greece-France agreement

By Panagiotis Ioakimidis*

The "Strategic Partnership" agreement signed by Greece and France is an important and positive development.

Yet, the distinct mutual assistance clause that it includes is wrong-headed (and indeed written in poor Greek with a term such as "armed violence" instead of "armed aggression").

Macron, Mitsotakis announce mutual defence pact, Greek procurement of French frigates

French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis this morning announced an historic mutual assistance defence pact and the signing of a deal for Greece to buy Belharra frigates, which will substantially upgrade the force of the Hellenic Navy.

Mitsotakis to seal major arms deal, sees ‘Strategic deepening of Greece-France relations’

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' talks in Paris today and tomorrow with French President Emmanul Macron are of exceptional significance politically, geostrategically, diplomatically, and militarily at a time that Greece continues to face a military threat from Turkey

Afghanistan As Catalyst for Creation of EU Military Rapid Reaction Force

EU needs to create a rapidly deployable military force to intervene around the world, two senior officials said on Thursday cited by new agencies. According to Gen. Claudio Graziano, chairman of the EU military committee, and EU foreign policy head Josep Borrell the Afghanistan crisis could provide the needed catalyst to end years of inaction.

Romanian Navy Day - Iohannis: Romania has active role in improving Euro-Atlantic space security

Romania has an active role in improving the security of the Euro-Atlantic space, a modern army means an army with well-trained naval forces, equipped with the latest generation tech and capable of responding successfully to any challenge, said, on Sunday, President Klaus Iohannis at the festivities for the Day of the Romanian Navy, event organized in the Constanta Military Harbour.

Pandemic, W Balkans in focus of CEDC ministerial

Postojna – The experiences of individual armies in helping to fight the Covid-19 epidemic and the strengthening of cooperation with countries in the Western Balkans were in the focus of a two-day meeting of the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC), an initiative chaired this year by Slovenia, that ended in Postojna on Wednesday.

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