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The Front Lines: Germany's Difficult Year in Africa and Afghanistan

The Front Lines: Germany's Difficult Year in Africa and Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2014

It won't be an easy year for new Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. The German military is facing a new mission in Africa while at the same time orchestrating a challenging withdrawal from war-torn Afghanistan. Potential pitfalls are numerous. By Matthias Gebauer, Gordon Repinski and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Europe's Sole Military Force: Giving France Respect Where It Is Due

Europe's Sole Military Force: Giving France Respect Where It Is Due

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2014

French troops are fighting in bloody conflicts around the world, most recently in the Central African Republic. Other EU members, including Germany, say they will now provide support for these deployments. It's high time. A Commentary by Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]


Dresden Museum: Soldiers Confront a Complex Military History

Dresden Museum: Soldiers Confront a Complex Military History

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

The Military History Museum in Dresden has become an important resource for German soldiers, particularly as they wrestle with their evolving role in German society and in the world. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Kunduz Trial: New Scrutiny for Deadly Afghanistan Attack

Kunduz Trial: New Scrutiny for Deadly Afghanistan Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2013

Four years ago, a German military officer ordered an attack in Afghanistan that killed at least 91 people, many of them civilians. Now that criminal charges against him have been dropped, a civil lawsuit is seeking more compensation for the families of some victims. By Jörg Diehl and Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]


Learning to Fight: How Afghanistan Changed the German Military

Learning to Fight: How Afghanistan Changed the German Military

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

In Afghanistan, dangerous combat has helped post-war Germany's reluctant armed forces gain self-confidence and expertise. But with the public and politicians loath to enter into new conflicts, what will the military's role be going forward? By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Afghan Withdrawal: Ministers Hand Over Germany's Kunduz Base

Afghan Withdrawal: Ministers Hand Over Germany's Kunduz Base

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2013

After serving there for 10 years, Germany officially handed over its Kunduz military base to Afghan security forces on Sunday. And though German soldiers are leaving the area, officials assured the country would not turn its back on the Afghan people. more... Comment ]


Atoning for Libya: Germany Seeks Low Profile in Syria

Atoning for Libya: Germany Seeks Low Profile in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2013

All eyes are on the international community this week as the US prepares to strike Syria. In Germany, political leaders are keen to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing mistakes made in the run-up to the Libya intervention. Experts say Berlin will offer political support but little else. By Daryl Lindsey more... Comment ]

Letter From Berlin: Merkel's Empty Rhetoric on Syria

Letter From Berlin: Merkel's Empty Rhetoric on Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2013

In 2002, the Social Democrats got re-elected by opposing the Iraq war. Now they're against attacking Syria, but it won't help them oust Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sept 22. Deft as ever, she'll keep Germany out of the fight, while firmly backing her allies. By David Crossland more... Comment ]


Clipped Wings: Berlin Struggles to Certify Military Plane

Clipped Wings: Berlin Struggles to Certify Military Plane

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2013

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière, in trouble over the costly cancellation of the Euro Hawk drone, faces a potentially even greater problem. Certification for the A400M military transport plane is behind schedule and plagued by legal pitfalls. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Media Report: Berlin Denies Military Knew About Prism

Media Report: Berlin Denies Military Knew About Prism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 17, 2013

A media report on Wednesday alleged that a NATO document proves the German military knew about the NSA's Prism surveillance program in 2011. But both Berlin and the country's foreign intelligence agency deny the account, saying there was a NATO program with the same name in Afghanistan. more... Comment ]