Euroscepticism and common security and foreign policies
After the Second World War, in order to secure long-term peace and stability and to create an environment for economic recovery, the process of European integration began. At that time it involved six Western European countries, initially to promote peace, security, and economic development. This integration process evolved into the creation of the European Union with its harmonised laws on a range of economic and social issues. Indeed, EU members today have a single market, a currency (“the Eurozone” includes 2/3 of the states), share a customs union, a trade policy, etc. The 1993 Maastricht Treaty implied the creation of the European Central Bank and a common monetary policy, however, if not a fiscal policy (thus, the member states are in control over their own spending’s and taxation).
Indo Defence 2016
By Joseph Roukoz
As the seventh edition of Indonesia’s tri-service exposition and forum comes to a close, it can already be hailed as a great success. Well organised every two years by the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran, it took place in the Indonesian capital from November 2nd to 5th 2016. Indo Defence exhibition hosted some 844 companies from 55 countries, with 30 pavilions including those of Germany, India, Italy, Australia, South Korea, France, Turkey, USA, UK, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Belarus, Indonesia, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Slovakia, an increase of about 25 percent compared with the last edition according to the organisers.
Future Forces International Exhibition 2016: news from Prague
Over 20 NATO working groups and expert teams took part in the working group sessions, while six events took place on Thursday and Friday: Word CBRN and Medical Congress, Geospatial Hydrometeorological and GNSS Workshop, Future Soldier Systems Conference, Military Advanced Robotic Systems Conference, Future of Cyber Conference and Logistics Capability Workshop.
The Italian Army and the CIO consortium presented the Centauro II
By P. Valpolini
On 19 October the Italian Army and the CIO consortium officially presented in Rome, at the Logistic Corps School, the Centauro II programme, which will allow the service to deploy the new 120 mm armoured gun at the beginning of the next decade.
By David Oliver
At Euronaval 2016, French companies made a series of important announcements about future naval programmes and new products.
Russia’s Top Performing Defence Companies
By Joseph Roukoz
Kalashnikov is internationally recognised
as the largest Russian manufacturing company that produces assault and sniper rifles, guided artillery projectiles and a wide range of precision weapons. For more than 60 years until now, military firearms manufactured under Kalashnikov brand proved to be paragons of reliability and simplicity.
By David Oliver
Russia’s biannual Gidroaviasalon International Exhibition and Scientific Conference was held at the experimental test base of the Beriev Aviation Company at Gelendzhik on the shores of the Black Sea, from 22 to 25 September 2016. This unique event is held to highlight Russia’s success in hydroaviation, and in particular, that of the Beriev Be-200 twin-jet amphibian.