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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 ]


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 ]