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Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig

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EU mounts new maritime operation to tackle Mediterranean people traffickers

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig On 18 May 2015, the Council established a new Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) operation – EUNAVFOR MED, with the aim of disrupting the business model of human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean. The EU is currently seeking both a UN Security Council (UNSC) mandate and consent from Libya for … Continue reading

European defence cooperation – State of play and thoughts on an EU army

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig The recent comments by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, welcoming the eventual creation of an EU army in the long run, have sparked a wide debate across European capitals and the expert community. If for some the possibility of an EU army represents an illusion that may distract EU Member States from dealing with the real … Continue reading

The first plenary session of 2015

Written by Nicole Zandi MEPs will head to Strasbourg for the first plenary session of the year, to be held between 12 and 15 January. There is still little legislative work on the agenda, as the new Commission settles into its new term, yet a variety of topics have been scheduled for discussion. On Monday, … Continue reading

Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention: Maputo+15

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig Fifteen years after its entry into force, the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban (APMB) Convention met again in Maputo, Mozambique, to review the Convention’s implementation and assess the remaining challenges in eradicating mines from the world. Anti-personnel mines: addressing the humanitarian costs In the mid-1990s, landmines killed or injured between … Continue reading

CFSP/CSDP: Outcome of the NATO Summit 2014

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig NATO leaders meeting in Newport, Wales (4-5 September 2014) addressed essential questions dealing with the current European security situation, the withdrawal from Afghanistan and declining defence budgets. The next NATO Summit will take place in Warsaw, Poland in 2016. A changing security context The 2014 NATO Summit occurred in a challenging security … Continue reading

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