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Cooperation and comprehensiveness in European defence

Arto Räty, Permanent Secretary, Finnish Ministry of Defence. ©Ministry of DefenceIn December 2013, for the first time since the ratification of the Lisbon treaty, security and defence were brought up for discussion in the European Council. Behind this process were several reasons, including the changing nature of threats and shifts among the global powerbrokers. Additional motivation was provided by the dwindling defence budgets in Europe. Events in 2014 - with the crisis in Ukraine being the most illuminative example - introduced a new sense of urgency. More...

European Council decided on 2030 climate and energy policy framework

Prime Minister Stubb ©Council of the European UnionOn Thursday 23 October, the European Council agreed on the European Union’s climate and energy policy framework. EU leaders endorsed, as a binding target, to reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% from the 1990 level by 2030. More...

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