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News blog security conference : Nato and the EU are as fragile as never

defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen opened the 55. Munich security conference together with her British colleague Gavin Williamson. Topics include the future of the EU are expenditure in accordance with the Brexit, the transatlantic relationship and the Nato defense and the INF disarmament Treaty.


- Why international alliances are as fragile as ever, commented Christoph von Marschall.

- some 30 heads of state and government are expected, Emmanuel Macron, and Benjamin Netanyahu have been canceled.

Ben Rhodes, former adviser of US President Barack Obama, requests the US government, "a rock-hard commitment to Nato".

daily mirror tomorrow location order your Free copy of Editorially Editorially Newest first, Oldest first Highlights of the New post view view New posts, No contribution is available 15. February 2019 10:56, Christoph Von Marschall

Start with informal conversations

It is a cold, but Sunny day in Munich. The safety meeting starts with informal discussions behind closed doors. For example, on the future of nuclear weapons and the deterrence after the expiry of the INF agreement, the land-based nuclear medium-range missiles bans. Or to the energy supply of Germany and Europe, including the dispute over the Russian-German Gas Pipeline Nord Stream 2 and alternative Gas suppliers.
There are also members of the Federal government. These debates are media open to the public. No participant may be cited - so that all can Express their views openly. But later reports on the Considerations of where things are going, without attribution.The official part of the conference starts at 14 PM with performances of the German defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and her British colleague Gavin Willamson. A detailed preview you can read here. | 15. February 2019 10:26 Oliver Bilger

Sigmar Gabriel: How to deal with Saudi Arabia and Iran?

The dark side of the force, The conflicts with Iran and Saudi-teach Arabia: dealing with dictators is not rules of morality. An analysis of the Munich security conference. Daily Mirror | Sigmar Gabriel | 15. February 2019 10:21 Oliver Bilger

Heiko Maas advertises for a German commitment to international order

| 14. February 2019 23:50 Ruth Ciesinger

IMF Chief Lagarde: the North-South divide, one of the biggest threats in the EU


the Head of The International monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, warns of a growing economic gap between the Northern and southern States in the EU: While the Eastern European countries had decreased in recent years, the gap to the old EU member States, it can be the adjustment between the North and the South in the past 20 years, Lagarde said on Thursday evening in Munich. "Since the (financial)crisis, the Situation has become even worse," she said at the Munich European conference on the eve of the security conference.
Necessary structural reforms were mainly on three areas: labour markets in countries such as Greece or Italy would have to be more flexible. Lagarde pointed to Portugal as a positive example. There is very much more permanent instead of temporary Jobs were created because the labor laws have become more flexible.
Secondly, it is necessary to improve the legal framework for companies. In Greece, it takes about nine Times as long for a company to settle in Ireland. "A common insurance market in the EU, there can be but only if the bankruptcy rules are in harmony," she said.
Thirdly, it was necessary for the southern EU member States to invest more in research and development. Italy, Portugal and Spain had issued between 2000 and 2014, an average of only one percent of their economic output for innovations. For comparison: In Germany, research spending reached in 2018 for the first time the mark of three percent of GDP. (rtr) | 14. February 2019 22:46 Ruth Ciesinger

Von der Leyen, advertises for 2-percent target, the Highlight


defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen is used to open security conference in the early afternoon. Before that you gave to the süddeutsche Zeitung in an Interview and understanding of the Insistence of the USA, the Highlight on two percent of the gross domestic product to increase. "The claims that President (Barack) referred to Obama again and again, are entitled. We need to do more in the Alliance, which is our protection,“ she said. | 14. February 2019 22:40 Ruth Ciesinger

High expectations


the head of The Munich security conference, has hanged before the start of the most important Meetings of security experts, despite the cancellation of the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the expectations are high.Who's coming and what topics are in the foreground, you can read here.
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