Old disputes between Sofia and Skopje have been put aside, as Bulgaria prepares to take over the Presidency of the EU in January 2018. However, old rivalries between the two countries, and Macedonia's name war with Greece, might scupper Skopje's wish to join the EU and NATO.
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.