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Jul 24, 2013

EU seeks to make Europe’s defence industry more competitive

BRUSSELS, July 24 (Reuters) – The European Commission
proposed on Wednesday to help Europe’s defence industry cope
with pressure from falling military budgets by funding research
and helping to develop new military technologies.

The European Union’s executive body, which has traditionally
left defence responsibilities to its 28 member states, also
raised the possibility that the EU itself could buy and operate
some equipment needed for military missions.

Jul 22, 2013

EU adds Hezbollah’s military wing to terrorism list

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Monday to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant group’s involvement in a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria and the Syrian war.

The powerful Lebanese Shi’ite movement, an ally of Iran, has attracted concern in Europe and around the world in recent months for its role in sending thousands of fighters to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, an intervention that has turned the tide of Syria’s two-year-old civil war.

Jul 22, 2013

EU poised to blacklist military wing of Hezbollah

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments could decide to blacklist the military wing of Hezbollah on Monday, in a policy reversal fuelled by concerns over the Lebanese militant movement’s activities in Europe, senior EU diplomats said.

Britain has sought to persuade its EU peers since May to put the Shi’ite Muslim group’s military wing on the bloc’s terrorism list, citing evidence that it was behind a bus bombing in Bulgaria last year which killed five Israelis and their driver.

Jul 21, 2013

EU weighs sanctions against military wing of Hezbollah

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments could decide to blacklist the military wing of Hezbollah on Monday, in a major policy reversal fuelled by concerns over the Lebanese militant movement’s activities in Europe.

Britain has sought to persuade its EU peers since May to put the Shi’ite Muslim group’s military wing on the bloc’s terrorism list, citing evidence that it was behind a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria last year.

Jul 19, 2013

EU pushes plan to bar aid to Israelis in West Bank

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union, over Israeli protests, said on Friday it was pushing ahead with plans to bar EU financial aid to Israeli organizations operating in the occupied territories, but insisted the decision would not affect peace efforts.

New European Commission guidelines on EU financial support were published in the EU’s Official Journal as planned, despite intense lobbying by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has denounced them as meddling in Israel’s relations with the Palestinians.

Jul 17, 2013

French general says EU Mali mission should be extended

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The French commander of a European Union mission to train Mali’s army, routed by rebels last year, said on Wednesday he believed the mission should be expanded and go on for at least a year longer than planned.

The EU trainers, dispatched to Mali in the wake of a French-led military intervention in January that drove al Qaeda-allied Islamist insurgents out of the main northern towns, face a big challenge in turning Mali’s rag-tag army into a capable force.

Jul 16, 2013

EU bar on aid to Israelis in West Bank stokes Israeli anger

BRUSSELS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The European Union said on Tuesday it will bar financial assistance to Israeli organisations operating in the occupied territories, a move Israel’s prime minister denounced as meddling in bilateral relations with the Palestinians.

Guidelines adopted by the EU’s Executive Commission in late June and expected to be published this week make clear that, from next year, Israeli “entities” operating in the territories will not be eligible for EU grants, prizes or loans.

Jul 16, 2013

EU to bar aid to Israelis in West Bank, stoking Israeli anger

BRUSSELS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The European Union said on Tuesday it will bar financial assistance to Israeli organizations operating in the occupied territories, underlining its concern that Israeli settlement-building harms prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

Guidelines adopted by the EU’s executive Commission in late June and expected to be published this week make clear that, from next year, Israeli “entities” operating in the territories will not be eligible for EU grants, prizes or loans.

Jul 10, 2013

NATO cyber defense center fights tide of hacking attempts

MONS, Belgium (Reuters) – Crouched behind banks of computer screens flashing data, NATO analysts try to stay ahead of millions of suspected attempts to hack the Western alliance’s computer networks, as cyber defense moves to the center of NATO operations.

NATO’s cyber defense nerve center, operating from the alliance’s operational headquarters at Mons in southern Belgium, monitors potential attacks on NATO computer systems installed at 55 locations around the world.

Jul 5, 2013

Britain wants EU ministers to break Hezbollah deadlock

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain has asked European Union foreign ministers to discuss putting Hezbollah’s armed wing on the EU terror list amid signs that opposition to the move is weakening, diplomats said on Friday.

A British drive to blacklist the militant Lebanese movement’s armed wing was discussed twice by a special EU group last month, but British diplomats failed to win over a number of skeptical governments which fear the step would fuel instability in the Middle East.

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