Central Europe

  • Closing Ceremony for EUCOM's Historic Campbell Barracks

    For Germans and Americans who had long imagined a dramatic coda to the cold war, it came instead in a few solemn, quiet moments.
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  • NATO Concludes Air Training Exercise, Brilliant Arrow

    One of the largest NATO air training events of the year, Exercise Brilliant Arrow, took place at Orland Airbase, in Norway from 25 Aug to 5 Sep 2013.
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  • Germany: No Plans to Join Syria Military Action

    From AP:  The German government said Friday that it isn't considering joining military action against Syria and hasn't been asked by others to do so.
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  • Turkey may Open İncirlik Base for NATO Mission in Syria

    Turkey may open its strategic İncirlik air base for possible military operations into neighboring Syria, if the Western defense alliance NATO decides for an intervention in the ongoing civil war, a ranking Turkish official told the Hürriyet Daily News on Aug. 26.
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  • NATO Members Could Act Against Syria Without UN Mandate

    Barack Obama is unlikely to have much trouble mustering a Nato coalition of the willing if Washington opts for military intervention in Syria in response to the alleged chemical weapons atrocities by the Assad regime.
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  • NATO Exercise Ramstein Rover Begins Soon in Czech Republic

    aco 8 19 13 Ramstein RoverFrom 2 to 20 September 2013 a new edition of NATO's Ramstein Rover (RARO) exercise series for Forward Air Controllers (FACs) will take place in the Czech Republic, where it had already been conducted last year.
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  • Europe: Strategic Drifter

    The European Union is a strategic drifter, unclear about its world role, unable to articulate a purpose and divided in its perception of external threats.
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  • Freeing Japan

    Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past.” To nowhere does this Jeffersonian aphorism apply more than contemporary Japan. With Sunday’s clear victory of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party in elections to the Upper House of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, Japan maybe about to cross a threshold between a challenging past and a challenging future. Japan must be set free to play its full role on the world stage where it belongs.
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  • Chancellor Merkel's Strategic Opportunity

    If a European leader these days can be called assertive, it’s Angela Merkel. The trouble is, assertiveness is not a foreign policy. Germany is still not thinking strategically—but that is what it needs to do. Receiving Barack Obama in Berlin on June 19, the German chancellor’s bold approach was on full display. She lectured the U.S. president in front of the press that Internet surveillance must be based on “balance and proportionality.”
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  • Snowden: Why France is Angry

    It was as predictable, subtle and French as a first tasting of a Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru – full of hidden complexity and fascinating ‘notes’. French President Hollande’s condemnation of Edward Snowden-alleged American spying in Europe was dramatically shrill. “We cannot accept”, the President thundered, “...this kind of behaviour between allies and partners”, before going onto suggest that France might now scupper talks on the proposed EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). One could be forgiven for taking French ‘hauteur’ at face value were it not for the fact that my well-informed sources tell me that DGSE, the French external intelligence service, runs one of the most effective foreign intelligence operations in North America. So, why is France angry?
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