NatWest’s planned closure of the UK bank accounts of Russia state-funded TV network RT has caused a storm of debate in Moscow. Russia has been quick to accuse the UK government of being behind it, but the most likely driver may be banking compliance matters.
Although the UK will implement the EU’s Fourth Money Laundering Directive, which was negotiated before the Brexit vote, a challenge lies ahead in dealing with the European Commission’s proposed amendments to the text of the Directive, some of which the UK does not support.
Slovakia’s prime minister is a harsh critic of Britain and of Brexit. This is understandable; however, a recent study suggests that he would be well-advised to pay more attention to his own country’s precarious affiliations to pan-European institutions.
We know little about François Hollande's stance on wider foreign and defence policy issues. Though we are unlikely to see major changes from his predecessor, some clues from his successful campaign suggest that President-elect Hollande will adopt a more European and Gaullist approach.
The success of military operations in Afghanistan and beyond requires better communications with publics at home and on the frontline. To do this, we need to further erode the barriers between the diplomatic, military and civilian worlds.
Media debate on the UK's carrier programme is focusing on the jets, rather than the ships they land on. Central to this discussion is 'cats and traps', the launch and recovery system, which drives the choice of aircraft. Critics who say that this will cost too much overlook the long-term strategic value it will add.
As the UK government grapples with whether or not to carry out a U-turn over which variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), chiefly because of issues surrounding carrier conversion costs, there are broader issues beyond technical and financial ones, and some echoes from the past.
This Whitehall Paper is the first study in English of the West German aerospace industry from its origins in the 1950s to the takeover of MBB by Daimler Benz in 1989. It examines the structure of the...