The announcement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron that their countries intend to cooperate in producing a new fighter aircraft has sparked great interest in UK defence and industrial circles. However, how significant is this as a ‘hard’ defence initiative?
Britain will have to strike new international agreements with other countries to maintain access to nuclear power technology after indicating that it is minded to leave Euratom, which has controlled the peaceful use of nuclear energy on the continent since 1957.
Malcolm Chalmers, Tom Plant, Cristina Varriale and Emil Dall
Britain’s newly elected Parliament, due to be opened by the Queen next week, promises to be a busy one for nuclear issues. As the new government takes shape, the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy team at RUSI outlines some of the key decisions that it will have to make.
RUSI convened a debate between political parties on the subject of defence ahead of the UK General Election, scheduled for 8 June 2017. The main topics proved to be the requirement for a full defence review after the election, and whether the current force level was affordable.
French President Emmanuel Macron earned many plaudits for his astonishing political rise and decisive electoral success. But he still has to win his country’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for 11 and 18 June.
RUSI is delighted to host the second RUSI-Ditchley Foundation roundtable, this time revisiting the discussions had at the recent Ditchley conference on Britain's current negotiations with the EU and...