• Russia Could Block Access to Baltic Sea, US General Says

    From Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One:  Russia has moved ballistic missiles to and conducted nuclear strike drills from its Kaliningrad exclave, prompting Pentagon fears that Moscow could block access to the Baltic Sea.
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  • Nine Heads of State Call on Alliance to 'Strengthen the Eastern Flank of NATO'

    "We, the Presidents of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Estonia, Hungary, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Poland, Romania and the Slovak Republic and the President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic.
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  • Hungary’s Gazprom Renegotiation and the Decline of Traditional Contracts

    Since it was signed in 1996, the Panrusgáz contract with Russia has dictated the structure of Hungary’s natural gas market. While this contract’s expiration will be delayed until closer to 2018, it is clear that a new agreement will be negotiated on entirely different terms than before.

    Like other Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, Hungary has benefited from the rising tide of interconnectivity and hub-based trading across Europe. With demand unlikely to rebound to pre-2008 levels in the medium term, and more competitive import capacity than ever before, Hungary must consider how a new arrangement with the Russian energy giant Gazprom will reshape its domestic market.

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  • Hungary Announces It Will Host 7th NATO Planning Center

    Hungary, along with other states in central and eastern Europe, will host a command center to help coordinate deployment of NATO's rapid reaction force in an emergency, the government said on Friday.
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  • Will the European Union’s Plan to Distribute Migrants Hurt Europe?

    European ministers on September 22 approved a plan that would force EU member states to take in their share of 120,000 migrants, a majority of whom are fleeing the war in Syria.

    In an unusual break from procedure, which emphasizes consensus on issues of national sovereignty, the ministers decided the issue on the basis of majority rules. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia voted against the plan. Finland abstained.

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  • David Miliband: Europe’s Feeble Response to Migrant Crisis Threatens EU

    Former British Foreign Secretary says United States, too, must 'up its game' and take in more refugees

    Europe’s “feeble” response to the migrant crisis—the largest displacement of people since World War II—is threatening the European Union, and European countries as well as the United States need to step up to do more to help these refugees, David Miliband, a former British Foreign Secretary, said in Washington September 18.

    “The current uncoordinated, haphazard, feeble European response to this crisis is not just threatening the refugees, it is threatening an extraordinary institution, which is the European Union,” Miliband, a son of refugees and President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

    “What you’re seeing now is a daily arms race between different countries in the east of Europe to move from fences to water cannon to tear gas to keep refugees out,” he said, adding that “the politics is going in the wrong direction… and the threat to the most basic norms and values of the European Union is very, very substantial at this stage.”

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  • What Europe Needs to Do to Solve its Energy Security Problem

    Over the past few years, the European Union (EU) has sought to enhance its energy security by implementing the Third Energy Package, proposing an Energy Union, holding Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom to competition rules, and actively pursuing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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  • Infographic: Data Disproves Russian Lies about NATO Military Expansion

    Russian leaders have been promoting the myth of NATO military expansion as part of their justification for Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.
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  • Hungary Increasing Its Defense Budget

    From Hungary Today:  [Defense Minister Csaba] Hende said the outstanding performance of the Hungarian armed forces in international missions must continue.
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  • Report: Six European Members of NATO Will Cut Defense Spending and Break Agreement Made at Wales Summit

    Preliminary reports from fourteen countries examined for fiscal year 2015 suggest that only one (Estonia) will spend 2% of GDP on defence.
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