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Slippery Slope: Are German Ground Troops Inevitable in Syria?

Slippery Slope: Are German Ground Troops Inevitable in Syria?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2015

Germany has approved the deployment of reconnaissance planes, a frigate and support personnel to support the fight against Islamic State in Syria. Experts say IS can't be defeated with air strikes alone. Will Germany ultimately be forced to send in ground troops? By Gordon Repinski and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Bye Bye Merkel Doctrine: German Foreign Policy Shifts Focus to Refugees

Bye Bye Merkel Doctrine: German Foreign Policy Shifts Focus to Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2015

With the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, Germany is rapidly changing its foreign and security policy focus. Gone are the days of democracy promotion. Now the primary goal is that of preventing people from migrating to Europe. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany's Disarmed Forces: Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations

Germany's Disarmed Forces: Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2014

Germany wants to strengthen its role in international affairs. But recent reports suggest the country's weapons systems are in such disrepair that Berlin actually has very little to offer its partners. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

German Defense Minister: 'Russia Has Destroyed a Massive Amount of Trust'

German Defense Minister: 'Russia Has Destroyed a Massive Amount of Trust'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2014

In an interview, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, 55, discusses her push to deepen the country's foreign involvement, the Ukraine crisis and progress made to date by Germany's military in Afghanistan. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

What Germany Left Behind: A Feeling of Abandonment in North Afghanistan

What Germany Left Behind: A Feeling of Abandonment in North Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2014

Six months ago, Germany's military withdrew from Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Since then, regional security has eroded and many of those left behind feel abandoned. Some say that the departure came too soon. By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]

Searching for Deterrence: Ukraine Crisis Exposes Gaps Between Berlin and NATO

Searching for Deterrence: Ukraine Crisis Exposes Gaps Between Berlin and NATO

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 07, 2014

Once the Cold War ended, Western militaries reduced their focus on military deterrence in Europe. As a consequence, the Ukraine crisis has caught NATO flat-footed as it rushes to find an adequate response to Russia. Germany has been reluctant to go along. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Ban Ki-Moon Interview: 'Somewhat Helpless' in Syria

Ban Ki-Moon Interview: 'Somewhat Helpless' in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2014

In an interview, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discusses negotiations with Damascus, the international community's paralysis on the issue of Syria and why he believes Germany must take on a stronger role in the world. Interview By Nikolaus Blome and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]

Overseas Role: Germany Must Back Words With Deeds

Overseas Role: Germany Must Back Words With Deeds

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2014

German politicians have won applause abroad for promising a beefier role in international crisis management in the future. But does Chancellor Merkel support the new line? Berlin's behavior in Syria and Ukraine will prove how serious it is about the rethink. A Commentary by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Foreign Policy Rethink: Germany Weighs Stronger Military Role

Foreign Policy Rethink: Germany Weighs Stronger Military Role

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2014

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen want Germany to assume a greater role in world affairs, including military missions abroad. Their stance marks a break with Angela Merkel's policy of restraint. By Ralf Neukirch and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

German Defense Minister: 'We Can't Look Away'

German Defense Minister: 'We Can't Look Away'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2014

Germany has been heavily criticized in recent years for not doing its share in hotspots around the world. New Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says that it is time for Berlin to take more responsibility. She also dreams of a European army. Interview by René Pfister and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]