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The EU and a US Presidency: Joe Biden – The Return of Politics

Donald Trump has not yet left the White House and votes continue to be (re-)counted in some US states. But all the signs point to it: the next president of the United States of America will be Democrat Joe Biden – with Vice-President Kamala Harris by his side. What does the Democratic duo’s victory mean for transatlantic relations?

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EU Affairs Security & Defence

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.

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Security & Defence

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.

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Security & Defence

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.

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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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Es braucht nun Geschlossenheit

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Was bedeutet Trumps Drohung, den seit 30 Jahren bestehenden INF-Abrüstungsvertrag zu kündigen? Unser Experte Sebastian Vagt erklärt die Hintergründe – und, falls es dazu kommt, die Bedeutung für Deutschland und Europa.