giftedviz.com
giftedviz.com November 24, 2017


European Union members ink landmark defense agreement

14 November 2017, 12:29 | Darnell Patrick

Mogherini hails 'historic' EU defense pact as 23 countries sign up

Poland decides to join EU's PESCO defense project

PESCO membership will also bring closer cooperation with the militaries of other European Union members.

It is part of efforts led by Germany and France to reboot the EU after Britain's decision to leave and follows the announcement in June of a €5.5 billion (S$8.7 billion) European Defence Fund.

By working together on joint projects, nations hope to use their combined spending power to overcome capability gaps, jointly buying equipment like air transporters or drones.

The EU's diplomatic chief, Ms Federica Mogherini, hailed the agreement as "a new page of European defence", saying countries had already proposed more than 50 projects.

"The real problem is not how much we spend, it is the fact that we spend in a fragmented manner", Mogherini said.

He explained that PESCO's structure will be more on a defence level. Denmark has a defence opt-out from European Union treaties while Portugal, Ireland and Malta have not made a formal decision to join.

"I'm a firm believer of stronger European defense, so I welcome PESCO because I believe that it can strengthen European defense, which is good for Europe but also good for NATO", Stoltenberg said.

The European Union took a step towards closer defence ties yesterday, with 23 states signing a landmark pact aiming to boost cooperation after Brexit and as Russian Federation flexes its muscles to the east.

Victor Moses nominated for BBC African Footballer of the Year award
The winger won the English Premier League with Chelsea last season, also leading Nigeria to the World Cup in Russian Federation . The Egyptian has scored seven goals in eleven league games so far this season, becoming a central part of Liverpool's attack.


Pak-WI to play bilateral T20I series for next five years
This is not a one-off series, we have tied up with the Windies for a period of five years. The matches would be played on 29March, 31 March and 1 April as Sethi informed.


NASCAR at Phoenix: Matt Kenseth wins, but Brad Keselowski advances to championship
Keselowski, who finished in 16th place, was the beneficiary as he advanced in the playoffs through points. Hamlin stays out, as does Kenseth (first), Elliott (fourth), Blaney (fifth) and Keselowski (seventh).


Germany wanted as many countries as possible to sign up but wants to keep the focus on more modest schemes.

The notification letter - co-authored by France, Germany, Italy, and Spain - described the pact as "an ambitious, binding, and inclusive European legal framework for investment in the security and defense of the EU's territory and its citizens". "It has no chance of working". This could take place at the next Foreign Affairs Council on 11th December.

This has led to unease by European allies that the USA was not committed to the alliance's mutual defense pact.

The EU can also bring its political and financial weight to bear on security challenges, such as the use of development aid in Africa, where North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has no real foothold.

Ultimately Pesco could be overseen by a European operational headquarters or logistics base.

The joint notification is the first formal step to set up the PESCO.

Participants have signed up to a list of commitments which "include increasing the share of expenditure allocated to defense research and technology with a view to nearing the 2 percent of total defense spending" and to "regularly increasing defense budgets in real terms".

Ms Mogherini said that by coordinating their efforts, European countries would get better value for money in defence.



Other News

Trending Now

'SNL' features history-making host Tiffany Haddish, performances from Taylor Swift
Haddish's opening monologue was a breath of fresh air after last week's lack-luster, poorly received Larry David monologue . Another question referenced Alabama Senate GOP candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual conduct with teens.

Conor McGregor explains Bellator ruckus and why he pushed Marc Goddard
The MMA fighter was a guest at Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland, where he was supporting fellow Irish fighter Charlie Ward . This morning, McGregor posted a message to his Twitter about Goddard but quickly deleted it.

Sexual activity rarely a heart-stopping activity
Almost 20 percent of people survived in sex-related cases, compared to only about 13 percent survival odds for other patients.

49ers Marquise Goodwin loses son hours before Sunday's game
But local media report that Goodwin didn't linger after the game, leaving to be with his family. The athlete concluded the post by asking for prayers: "Please pray for the Goodwin family".

Taylor Swift is headed to Miami area for her 'Reputation' tour
She's also performed twice at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, most recently during the tour for her 2014 album "1989". There are no details on the cost of the tickets, but fans can register online to purchase them in advance.

Why Entrepreneurs Carry Business Cards
You will have to wait for them to visit your website or store later and this can mean they’ve already forgotten about you. If you succeed in creating a memorable business card, you don’t just connect deeper with the person you gave the card to.

Samsung quietly unveils its next chipset, the Exynos 9810
This suggests the company's A5 smartphone will do away with hardware buttons on the front and strive for a "screen-only" feel. As mentioned above, the upcoming Galaxy A5 (2018) and Galaxy A7 (2018) are pegged to arrive with Infinity Display design.

Air pollution continues to be high
The city's Air Quality Index has been in the range of 700 to 1,000, making it hard for people in the state to even breathe. The officials are now hoping for a change in the weather pattern that could improve the situation.

Manchester United facing a battle to keep Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini will leave Manchester United in January as Jose Mourinho clears space in his squad for a pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.

Son scores 2 to give South Korea 2-1 win over Colombia
Things happen during a game like this. "Colombia have world-class players, and I was extremely disappointed to see such action". Colombia heads to China for another World Cup warm-up match on Tuesday, while South Korea hosts Serbia.