Monthly Archives: December 2017

European Defence Agency, Black Blade 2016, © Fischer Maximilian / Flickr
9 12, 2017

The EU Parliament opens the way for a Defense Commissioner and pushes states to find €76 bn for weapons

BY APOSTOLIS FOTIDIADIS The resolution to be adopted next week in Strasbourg is a major step towards further militarisation of the EU. For the first time ever, the European Parliament makes the case for the creation of a Commission Directorate General (DG)-Defence. Rapporteur Michael Gahler is also the head of Kangaroo, a lobby group promoting security and defence imperatives in the EU institutions for decades. By Apostolis Fotiadis* The European Parliament will adopt next week in Strasbourg a resolution asking for a radical bureaucratic boost on defence matters. The draft resolution “on the implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy” [...]

Cover of the french weekly Marianne that in May 2017 published Investigate Europe’s story on Microsoft.
5 12, 2017

Investigate Europe Investigations prompts calls for Microsoft contracts scrutiny in France

BY INVESTIGATE EUROPE Investigate Europe investigation into public IT contracting practices prompts French officials to call for a public inquiry into defence contracts handed to Microsoft. On May 20, Investigate Europe’s French correspondent Leïla Miñano published in national weekly Marianne her piece on how Microsoft locks in the French administration. The article featured a confidential letter, leaked indirectly by a source from the French Defence ministry, showing officials had no inclination to subject public IT contracts to public tender. According to the letter, an IT contract originally signed in 2009 by the Defence Ministry with Microsoft was renewed for the third [...]