Does Bucharest Nine matter?

Meeting of Bucharest Nine (Poland, Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria) takes place in Kosice, Slovakia, representatives of nine countries but also NATO SecGen Jens Stoltenberg join this meeting. What kind of added value, if any, could such format bring into the debate about European security and defense? Read few comments.
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Will an arm race in Europe reappear without INF missile ban?

We are basically counting hours before the Trump administration will announce that it will walk away from the INF Treaty. It will create a new situation, so what could be done to mitigate the damage and should we be worried about possible new arms race in Europe? Read few comments.

All Allies agreed that Russia’s SSC-8 system violates the INF Treaty, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: https://www.nato.int/

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ISIS threat to Europe: Any changes?

There were many discussion that with ISIS losing territory the organization may try to hit Europe also with some returnees. Is this still a big threat, or how would you assess readiness and maybe also current willingness of ISIS to attack western targets? Read few comments.
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Trump’s INF withdrawal move: Unwise mistake which might translate into a more chaotic situation

What would the US out of the INF Treaty mean for European, transatlantic security, what what be your biggest concern here? Read few comments.


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Syria strikes: Russia’s retaliation? What retaliation?

Does Russia (or the others, Iran, Assad’s regime) have means, and what kind of means, to retaliate against the West after Syria strikes, is Russia even interested in some kind of visible retaliation? Read few comments.
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More resiliency to cyberattacks: What does the EU need?

There is a proposal for an EU Cybersecurity Agency to assist Member States in dealing with cyber-attacks, as well as a new European certification scheme that will ensure that products and services in the digital world are safe to use. How do you see this initiative, how can the Member States benefit from it? Read few comments.


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North Korea: Where are we heading?

Where  are we heading in relations with NK as basically the escalation seems to be a new normal in the relations with North Korea after tests, sanctions, tweet storms, (non)declaration of war…? Read few comments.
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