Killing of Soleimani: Not in the Name of Europe

What the killing of the Iranian General Soleimani means from a European perspective

The targeted killing of the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani is highly questionable under international law and strategically counterproductive. Negative consequences for the security of Europe and the cohesion within NATO are imminent.

From a European perspective, the American attack on the Iranian top military officer Qasem Soleimani and the accelerated escalation of the conflict between the USA and Iran that accompanied it, came completely unexpected. Continue reading

Global Zero – A Nuclear Weapon (Test) Free World

 

Exactly thirty years ago, on August 29, 1991, the Semipalatinsk test site in Kazakhstan closed down. Within three decades it had witnessed more than 400 Soviet nuclear tests; almost a quarter of all nuclear tests on the planet. The date marks today the International Day against Nuclear Tests. Continue reading

What Comes After the INF Treaty?

Europe Must Urgently Take a Stance Against Worldwide Rocket Proliferation

Last Friday, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement between the US and Russia expired on schedule, after both sides declared their withdrawal six months ago. The attempt by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and other European leaders to rescue the agreement, which is important for Europe’s security situation, has failed. Continue reading

Das Ende der bilateralen Rüstungskontrolle

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Der Vertrag über das Verbot von nuklearen Mittelstreckensystemen (kurz: INF) ist das Ergebnis des heftig umstrittenen aber letztlich erfolgreichen NATO-Doppelbeschlusses aus dem Jahr 1979 und gilt bis heute als wichtige Säule der europäischen Sicherheitsarchitektur. Diese Säule wird jetzt wohl zusammenbrechen. Schuld daran sind nicht nur der Kreml, sondern auch die neuen internationalen Machtverhältnisse.

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