25 years after the end of the Cold War, is Europe facing a new era of East-West strife? Germany has increased defense spending for the first time since the collapse of the USSR, and NATO seems to have returned to a policy of deterrence.
A landmark Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty between the United States and Russia is at risk of collapsing. A tit-for-tat escalation could endanger security, divide NATO and undermine arms control agreements.
General Piotr Pytel has been accused of illegally striking a deal with Russian security services for the passage of Polish NATO troops back home from Afghanistan. Poland's opposition has decried the move as political.
NATO foreign ministers have promised to review the progress of would-be members ahead of next year's summit. Macedonia is keen to join some of its western Balkan neighbors in the military alliance, but challenges remain.
Finland became an independent nation exactly a century ago, facilitated by revolution in Russia. Now in the EU and the eurozone, but not in NATO, it's also a top performer in education, coffee consumption and motorsport.
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