• NATO burden-sharing issue squared up

      NATO burden-sharing issue squared up

      Paying more and doing it more quickly, with regard to the alliance's long-standing burden-sharing issue, was the agreement which all allies reached at the 28th NATO Summit in Brussels, held on 11 and 12 July. This decision came against the backdrop of unprecedented pressure exerted by US President Donald Trump over the other members for increasing defence spending. Some sources say he insisted the commitment of the partners to go up to 4% of GDP and threatened that the US could even pull out of NATO.

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    • Allies pushed to fairly foot the NATO’s bill

      Allies pushed to fairly foot the NATO’s bill

      On the second day of NATO summit an extra meeting was held to hasten the push for ensuring fair burden sharing among all allies. As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg specified “There is a new sense of urgency due to President Trump’s strong leadership on defence spending.” From the very beginning of his visit to Brussels US President Donald Trump criticised the allies, especially Germany, for not paying enough on defence. 

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    • Quarrels for money dismal NATO summit talks

      Quarrels for money dismal NATO summit talks

      As expected, the sound discord on money matters appeared even prior to inception of the official programme of the NATO summit that was kicked off in the pact’s new building in Brussels in the early afternoon. We have had discussions, we do have disagreements, but most importantly we have decisions that are pushing this alliance forward and making us stronger, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told media after the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of presidents and prime ministers.

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    • Germany dismisses Trump criticism, says it's not a captive of Russia

      Germany dismisses Trump criticism, says it's not a captive of Russia

      German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that she didn't "really understand what he means" by saying her nation is "captive" to Russia. "We have a lot of issues with Russia, without any doubt, but on the other hand you should keep a communication line between countries or alliances and opponents without any question," she said. "So I'm curious to listen in-depth in the meeting what the American president is meaning by that."

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    • Berlin Process to improve Western Balkans' European integration

      Berlin Process to improve Western Balkans' European integration

      Addressing a conference in London on July 9, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said the Berlin Process will undoubtedly speed up the European integration of the Western Balkans. "The initiative complements the European perspective of the six countries rather than replacing it," Zaharieva said, as quoted by her ministry.

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    • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey's president with vast new powers

      Erdogan sworn in as Turkey's president with vast new powers

      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in Monday under a new governing system that grants him sweeping executive powers, which give him far much control. Speaking at his sprawling presidential compound in Ankara, he said Turkey was “entering a new era”. Turkish leader unveiled the rebranded presidency "on this most important day of our country." He said the executive presidency would put behind a "system that heavily cost our country through political, social and economic chaos."

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    • EU to Ukraine: More reforms, more support

      EU to Ukraine: More reforms, more support

      The 20th Summit between the EU and Ukraine, held on Monday in Brussels, took stock of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, progress in reforms and the first year of visa-freedom, with the EU's message being one of additional reforms for additional support, the EC press service reported.

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