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    • Bosnia names Serb as prime minister

      Bosnia names Serb as prime minister

      Bosnia named Serb economist and former finance minister Zoran Tegeltija as prime minister on Tuesday after a compromise between its Serb, Croat and Muslim co-presidents on submitting annual reform plans to NATO was finally achieved, ending a 13-month deadlock between opponents and supporters of integration with the West.

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    • EU's defence and space arm will complement NATO

      EU's defence and space arm will complement NATO

      Under new Commission the EU will create a new defence and space unit to help fund, develop and deploy armed forces, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen stated last Tuesday. The creation of a defence branch, long resisted by Britain, is an attempt by the EC new head to stem a decline in EU influence, as it faces heavy US pressure to do more for its own security.

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    • NATO needs to address China's rise, says Stoltenberg

      NATO needs to address China's rise, says Stoltenberg

      NATO needs to understand the implications of China’s rise as Beijing expands its power around the world, including areas that may challenge members of the North Atlantic security body, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday. China’s increasing assertiveness, including in the South China Sea, has raised concerns about its intentions, and the United States has called on NATO to recognize and adapt to new emerging threats, including China.

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    • EC proposes tax exemptions for European defence forces

      EC proposes tax exemptions for European defence forces

      The European Commission has today adopted a proposal to exempt supplies to armed forces - such as training materials, accommodation, provision of food and fuel - from Value Added Tax (VAT) and excise duties when these forces are deployed outside their own Member State and take part in a European defence effort. As stated by the EC press office, supplies to armed forces participating in a NATO defence effort can already benefit from such exemptions.

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    • NATO raises defence spending

      NATO raises defence spending

      More European allies in NATO increased defence spending in 2018, with sharp rises in the Baltics, Poland and the Netherlands, but still only six governments met a target sought by the US, while Germany significantly lags, news wires reported.

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    • North Macedonia to take its seat at NATO

      North Macedonia to take its seat at NATO

      The former Yugoslav state Macedona has officially gained its new name as the Republic of North Macedonia, putting a start to country's official process of joining NATO. According to alliance's officials it will be accepted as a full member late this year or early in 2020 once parliaments have endorsed the so-called `Protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty for the Accession of North Macedonia`. Until then, however, it can take part in NATO meetings as a guest.

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