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EU charts course for more cooperation in online counterterrorism

By MAX METZNER and OKSANA TRIFONOVA, with BROOKS TIGNER , BRUSSELS – The WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm attacks in May raises two fundamental questions regarding the safety of classified information. How do policymakers ensure international cyber-safety in the technological era, and what steps should be taken to deter and prevent cyberattacks before the damage is done? During a recent talk in Brussels on the EU’s Security Union, a senior European Commission official laid out the priorities and next steps. “Three critical factors need to be emphasized when dealing with cyber security, especially as it relates to fighting terrorism transparency, traceability, and accountability,” said the official. “On counterterrorism, we are working around two fronts. The first is to…

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By PATRICK STEPHENSON and BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – After decades of procrastination, national leaders at their 22-23 June summit here took decisions that now set the stage for the EU’s entry into the defence field, though any talk of an imminent “European” army is fantasy. Nonetheless, important policy proposals by the European Commission were approved. The member states themselves finally agreed to finance their diverse battlegroups to boost the EU’s common security and defence policy (CSDP), for example, while approving plans – far more radical – to allow self-selected EU countries to shift into “permanent structured cooperation” (PESCO) in defence. But these were just some of the approved measures. An interesting coda to these decisions will be their impact on the EU’s...