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Washington is preparing for nuclear war in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 2 September 2017

Amid mounting military and diplomatic tensions between the US and Russia, Congress has taken the first steps toward annulling the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

After Trump visit to Poland: PiS government adopts new authoritarian measures

By Clara Weiss, 24 July 2017

Less than three weeks after Trump’s visit, the ruling PiS has pushed through legislation that will place the judicial system under its control.

NATO expands military spending and sends thousands of troops to Afghanistan

By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2017

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that Europe and Canada are raising defence spending at the fastest pace in three years.

Amid threat of US-Russia clash in Syria

NATO warplane buzzes jet carrying Russian defense minister over Baltic Sea

By Barry Grey, 22 June 2017

Any one of the virtually daily NATO-Russian encounters in the air could result in a fire-fight or collision, whether by intention or accident, which could quickly ignite a full-scale war between nuclear powers.

Germany to withdraw military aircraft from Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 8 June 2017

The German government has responded to deepening tensions with Turkey, nominally its NATO ally, by withdrawing its military assets from the country’s Incirlik airbase.

The rift between Germany and America: A “watershed” moment

By Nick Beams, 29 May 2017

While there have been divergences at previous G7 meetings, this year the participants were unable to paper over their differences in the final communiqué.

Conflict between Europe and America dominates NATO summit

By Johannes Stern, 26 May 2017

The first trip by US President Donald Trump to Europe has exposed the deep rift in the transatlantic alliance.

Munich Security Conference chairman advocates European rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 16 February 2017

Wolfgang Ischinger, the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, proposed defending the “Western order of values” by means of a massive increase in military spending.

In interview with British and German press

Trump places question mark over EU, NATO and free trade

By Peter Schwarz, 17 January 2017

Leading German politicians have responded to Trump’s remarks by asserting Germany’s own economic and geopolitical claims.

NATO forces menace Russia

US Army, German Bundeswehr dispatch thousands of troops to Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 31 December 2016

The deployment of US combat troops is part of NATO's continual eastward expansion since the dissolution of the Soviet Union 25 years ago.

NATO announces largest troop deployments against Russia since Cold War

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2016

On the eve of the US election, NATO officials announced plans to place hundreds of thousands of troops on alert for military action against Russia.

NATO sends 4,000 combat troops to Poland and Baltic states

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2016

The sending of additional NATO troops to Eastern Europe is part of the preparations for war against Moscow adopted in early July at the NATO summit in Warsaw.

German report criticizing Turkey highlights growing tensions within NATO

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2016

Relations within NATO have reached new lows, four weeks after the failed military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The Score of War: A haunting documentary film on Ukraine

By Bernd Reinhardt, 17 August 2016

In April of last year, the Ukrainian violinist and composer Mark Chaet, accompanied by a small film crew, travelled from Berlin to his home in Eastern Ukraine.

Atlantic Council proposes to develop Poland as a stronghold for war with Russia

By Clara Weiss, 10 August 2016

The American think tank has published a 25-page strategy paper titled “Arming for Deterrence” calling for a massive NATO military build-up against Russia.

US air raids kill more than 200 civilians in northern Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 22 July 2016

The slaughter in northern Syria gives a foretaste of the bloody offensives being prepared by Washington and its NATO allies against Raqqa and Mosul.

Merkel calls for German rearmament ahead of NATO summit

By Johannes Stern, 9 July 2016

At the heart of the chancellor’s speech was a justification for war preparations against Russia, which NATO is slated to announce in Warsaw this weekend.

NATO’s war summit in Warsaw

By Alex Lantier, 9 July 2016

NATO policy in Eastern Europe aims to permanently threaten Russia with all-out war while seeking to contain the alliance’s own escalating internal divisions.

NATO convenes summit in Warsaw to make war preparations against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 8 July 2016

The measures to be decided on by the western military alliance in the Polish capital will further escalate the threat of war in Europe.

Canada to jointly lead NATO’s new “advanced force” against Russia

By Roger Jordan, 2 July 2016

The deployment was announced less than 24 hours after President Obama called on Canada to play a greater role in NATO and spend more on its military.

EU maintains hard line toward UK over Brexit

By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2016

While officially expressing dismay over the result of the Brexit referendum, EU leaders now see it as an opportunity to turn the EU into an aggressive military power.

German foreign minister distances himself from the United States

By Peter Schwarz, 21 June 2016

Steinmeier declared that Germany is forced “to reinterpret the principles that have guided its foreign policy for over half a century.”

US Navy to continue Black Sea incursions, brushing aside Russian demands

By Thomas Gaist, 18 June 2016

Rather than countering “Russian aggression,” the breakneck militarization of the Black Sea is rooted in the drive by the US and European powers to control the Eurasian landmass.

Canada’s elite urges Liberal government to deploy troops to Eastern Europe

By Roger Jordan, 16 June 2016

Canada is expected to become the fourth “core” contributor to a NATO force to be deployed to the Baltic states and Eastern Europe with the aim of provoking Russia.

NATO orders four additional battalions to Russian border

By Thomas Gaist, 14 June 2016

The deployments are among the most provocative actions taken by the NATO high command in the course of its anti-Russian buildup, now well into its second year.

Massive NATO war game risks conflict with Russia

By Johannes Stern, 9 June 2016

NATO’s largest exercise since the end of the Cold War began Tuesday with 2,000 British, Polish and American troops parachuting from planes near the northern Polish town of Torun.

Tensions mount in Poland in run-up to NATO summit

By Dorota Niemitz, 9 June 2016

Six former ministers of national defense published an open letter attacking the current defense minister, Antoni Macierewicz, and demanding his resignation.

Retired British general predicts war with Russia, denounces Cameron government as “semi-pacifist”

By Harvey Thompson, 21 May 2016

Shirreff urges class war at home and public spending cuts to fund massive increases in military spending.

NATO rearmament in Eastern Europe increases danger of world war

By Johannes Stern, 19 May 2016

In the run-up to its July summit in Warsaw, NATO is building up its capabilities in Eastern Europe, heightening the danger of a nuclear conflict with Russia.

NATO build-up in Romania and Moldova directed against Russia

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 17 May 2016

The recent activation in Romania of the first land-based element of the NATO missile defense system has provoked a harsh reaction from Moscow.

NATO-Russia meetings resume amid fears of military clash in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2016

After close encounters between US and Russian forces in the Baltic Sea, there are mounting fears of an accidental clash escalating into full-blown war between nuclear powers.

NATO commander calls refugees a weapon of ISIS, Russia and Syria

By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2016

US General Phillip Breedlove said that Russia, Syria and ISIS were using the refugees streaming out of Syria as weapons against Europe.

NATO operation in Aegean heightens threat of war with Russia

By Johannes Stern, 29 February 2016

The dispatch of warships under German leadership to the strategic Aegean Sea to deter refugees heightens the risk of NATO intervention in Syria.

NATO to send thousands of troops to forward bases in the Baltics and Eastern Europe

By Thomas Gaist, 11 February 2016

NATO leaders agreed on Wednesday to expand the alliance’s military infrastructure and troop deployments all along Russia’s western frontier

NATO to station AWACS radar aircraft in Turkey

By Christoph Dreier, 31 December 2015

After the downing of a Russian fighter by Turkish aircraft, NATO demonstratively gave its backing to Turkey and announced it would provide Ankara with military assistance.

NATO incorporates Montenegro, escalating anti-Russian front in Balkans

By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2015

In announcing Montenegro's accession Wednesday, the US and German-dominated alliance is opening a new front in their campaign against Moscow.

Pentagon push for build-up in Europe against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2015

The Obama administration is expected to approve a plan to rotate more troops into Europe, effectively increasing by 50 percent the forces available for a NATO confrontation with Russia.

Highest-ranking German NATO general urges air strikes against Taliban

By Johannes Stern, 10 November 2015

The belligerent remarks by Domröse make clear that, behind closed doors, Germany’s ruling elite is discussing and preparing for another massive combat mission in Afghanistan.

NATO reveals plan for deploying 4,000 troops on Russia’s borders

By Bill Van Auken, 30 October 2015

The proposed escalation of the US-led encirclement of Russia heightens the threat of a military confrontation between the world’s two largest nuclear-armed powers.

NATO begins dress rehearsal for Europe-wide war

By Thomas Gaist, 21 October 2015

The exercises include training scenarios developed in response to the conflict with Russia over Crimea and eastern Ukraine, including ballistic missile warfare, hybrid war, and rapid mobilization of NATO’s high-readiness forces.

German Army and NATO begin major military exercises against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2015

One of the largest multinational exercises in years on German territory, “Swift Response”, began on Monday.

Danger mounts of US/NATO war with Russia

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2015

An expert analysis of this year’s NATO and Russian military exercises suggests that the two sides are moving closer to outright war.

NATO scrambles jets against Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea

By Niles Williamson, 1 August 2015

So far in 2015, NATO fighters have been scrambled more than 250 times to intercept Russian aircraft over Europe.

NATO backs Turkish/US regime-change offensive in Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2015

In exchange for a green light to attack the Kurds, Turkey has made a U-turn to join the US-led campaign of air strikes in Syria.

NATO rapid reaction force exercises in Poland target Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 22 June 2015

Germany has taken the lead in the latest in a series of military training exercises in Eastern Europe aimed at escalating the war threat against Moscow.

US to station troops, heavy weaponry on Russia’s border

By Barry Grey, 15 June 2015

The pre-positioning of tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored howitzers and other instruments of violence will bring the region to the brink of war.

Global tensions surge as NATO, Russia hold rival military exercises

By Alex Lantier, 28 May 2015

The holding of military exercises preparing for large-scale conflict demonstrates that the imperialist powers, led by the US, are gearing up for a Third World War.

NATO rearmament increases risk of war in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2015

NATO’s military buildup in Eastern Europe is increasingly taking the form of preparation for war against Russia.

Danger of war with Russia grows as US sends military equipment to Ukraine

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 13 March 2015

Washington’s moves to provide military hardware to its right-wing puppet regime in Kiev, despite sharp opposition from Russia, threaten all-out war.

NATO begins military manoeuvres in Black Sea

By Johannes Stern, 10 March 2015

The exercise is a further provocation against Moscow and increases the danger of war between the Western powers and Russia.

German, Romanian officials plan further escalation against Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 5 March 2015

In a visit to Berlin, the Romanian president demanded a stronger NATO presence in Romania and the entire Black Sea region in response to the Ukraine crisis.

Pentagon provocation on Russia’s border

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2015

As US armored vehicles paraded within sight of the Russian border, a senior American commander stressed that Washington has nuclear weapons at the ready to prosecute its conflict with Moscow.

Ukrainian government moves to stifle dissent as military morale plunges

By David Levine, 14 February 2015

The Ukrainian military is showing signs of decomposition and demoralization, as antiwar sentiment erupts among Ukrainians in Kiev-controlled territories.

Munich Security Conference: Threats and provocations against Russia over Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 9 February 2015

The 51st Munich Security Conference was dominated by the escalation of war threats against Russia by the imperialist powers.

NATO doubles combat forces in Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2015

The imperialist powers are massing their troops to compel Russia to make concessions and subordinate itself to their interests in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Ukraine opens offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east

By Niles Williamson, 20 January 2015

The secretary of the Ukrainian National Defense Council warned of “full-scale continental war” as the Kiev regime began operations to take control of the Donetsk airport.

Putin approves new Russian military doctrine

By Clara Weiss, 31 December 2014

The new military doctrine identifies the expansion of NATO and attempts to destabilise Russia and neighbouring countries as the biggest security threats.

Ukraine parliament approves move towards NATO

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2014

Ukraine’s parliament repealed a constitutional amendment defining the country as “non-aligned,” paving the way to an eventual application to join NATO.

Dozens of “near miss” incidents bring NATO and Russia to brink of war

By Alex Lantier, 11 November 2014

A London think tank report shows that NATO’s militarization of Eastern Europe over the Ukraine crisis has set armies worldwide on a hair trigger, risking nuclear war.

Pentagon claims “Russian aggression” against NATO

By Patrick Martin, 31 October 2014

The comments by General Raymond Odierno came after a series of flights by Russian warplanes over international waters around Europe.

Dutch investigation into MH17 shoot-down fails to substantiate accusations against Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 14 October 2014

Sections of the American media have sought to spin the DSB report as implying that Russian responsibility for the attack had been established.

Poland announces formation of joint military unit with Ukraine and Lithuania

By Niles Williamson, 20 September 2014

Ukraine’s participation in a joint military brigade with Poland and Lithuania, both members of NATO, is part of a reckless campaign of militarization in Eastern Europe instigated by the US and targeting Russia.

US and NATO hold military exercises in western Ukraine, as ceasefire begins to fray in east

By Niles Williamson, 16 September 2014

Military exercise involving the US, Ukraine and a host of other countries opened Monday, while arm shipments to the pro-Western and anti-Russian regime in Kiev have begun.

Military maneuvers and sanctions: NATO, EU escalate threats against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2014

The three-day marine exercise “Sea Breeze” is another Western provocation and raises the risk of a direct military confrontation with Russia.

Fighting flares in eastern Ukraine despite ceasefire

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 8 September 2014

Kiev and its NATO backers are using the pause in military operations to prepare for an even more aggressive policy in their war in eastern Ukraine.

NATO steps up anti-Russian moves as ceasefire begins in Ukraine

By Jordan Shilton, 6 September 2014

Demonstrating NATO’s renewed focus on Eastern Europe, Poland announced it would host the next NATO summit, scheduled for 2016.

US forms ten-nation coalition to escalate war in Iraq, Syria

By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2014

The agreement was announced by US officials after a meeting of the ten countries on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales.

At NATO summit, US and Europe threaten Russia, plan military action against ISIS

By Jordan Shilton, 5 September 2014

The central role in deepening the crises in both Eastern Europe and the Middle East has been played by NATO’s leading powers, above all the United States.

Obama assures Baltic states of NATO’s “eternal” assistance

By Christoph Dreier, 5 September 2014

Obama’s statements in Estonia provided a blank cheque for any kind of military provocation against Russia.

NATO summit begins as anti-Russian measures heighten war danger

By Chris Marsden, 4 September 2014

At a press conference in Estonia, US President Barack Obama could scarcely conceal his hostility to anything that cut across preparations for the NATO summit to adopt a series of anti-Russian measures.

Ukraine and the militarization of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 2 September 2014

The politics of the European bourgeoisie is a mixture of ruthless aggression and desperation. Confronted with the hopeless crisis of their system, they are rushing toward a catastrophe, just as they did in 1914 and 1939.

UK announces new NATO military force, declares terror alert

By Robert Stevens, 1 September 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron recently stated that the UK’s “military prowess” is available for use in the Middle East.

Western threats against Russia increase danger of nuclear war

By Johannes Stern, 30 August 2014

The moves toward Ukrainian membership in NATO underscore the fact that next week’s NATO summit will be aimed at preparing for a possible war against Russia.

NATO steps up military preparations against Russia

By Kumaran Ira, 28 August 2014

NATO is preparing to deploy troops to new bases in Eastern Europe and sending war ships into the Black Sea.

UK parliamentary panel demands NATO prepare for confrontation with Russia

By Julie Hyland, 1 August 2014

The proposal would have NATO broaden the terms in its founding treaty that trigger collective action in the event of an “armed attack” on an ally.

NATO urges major military build-up

By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2014

Germany and other European NATO members are using the crisis they provoked in Ukraine to justify an intensive campaign of rearmament.

Free the NATO 3!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

1 May 2014

The Socialist Equality Party denounces the politically motivated frame-up of the NATO 3, who were sentenced this week to prison terms of five to eight years.

Anti-NATO protesters in Chicago sentenced to years in prison

By Kristina Betinis, 29 April 2014

In pressing for long prison sentences, Illinois state prosecutors compared the case to last year’s bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Obama, NATO escalate anti-Russian campaign over Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014

On the eve of Geneva talks on Ukraine, Washington and NATO threatened to escalate economic and military measures against Russia.

Prime Minister Tusk calls for more NATO troops in Poland

By Christoph Dreier, 11 April 2014

In an interview with the weekly Die Zeit, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk spoke out in favour of a common European energy, foreign and military policy under German leadership, in order to “stop Russian expansionism”.

NATO maneuvers with Georgia, Ukraine threaten war with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 3 April 2014

The NATO military alliance is provocatively seeking to install its forces on Russia’s borders.

NATO reform strengthens Germany’s role

By Sven Heymann, 30 October 2013

Only a few weeks after the federal election, it is clear that the future government will be tasked with leading Germany back into the ranks of the major military powers.