NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2018

Did German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree behind closed doors to increase military spending in Berlin? The debate over the defense budget is now reheating within her coalition government. By Matthias Gebauer, Peter Müller, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Europe's Sputtering Motor: France and Germany Far Apart on EU Reform

Europe's Sputtering Motor: France and Germany Far Apart on EU Reform

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 18, 2018

The cabinets of Germany and France are set to meet on Tuesday, but the two countries remain far apart when it comes to eurozone reform. Paris is disappointed with Germany's response to Emmanuel Macron's proposals. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


A Test of Maturity: Germany Must Abandon Its Military Reluctance and Lead

A Test of Maturity: Germany Must Abandon Its Military Reluctance and Lead

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2017

Germany enjoys high regard around the world. But with American power weakening and authoritarian powers rising, the country needs to abandon its military reluctance and finally lead in Europe. An Essay By Anne Applebaum more... Comment ]

Deterrence or Détente: How Can NATO Best Address the Russian Threat?

Deterrence or Détente: How Can NATO Best Address the Russian Threat?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2017

With fears growing over potential Russian aggression in Europe, NATO is once again promoting a strategy of deterrence. But is higher military spending in response to the world's crises the right answer? By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]


NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

Washington is threatening consequences if NATO member states don't increase their defense spending. Germany is the primary focus of the demand. But the Defense Ministry in Berlin is already having trouble spending the money it currently has at its disposal. By Konstantin von Hammerstein and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

The future of NATO and trans-Atlantic relations will be at the top of the agenda at the Munich Security Conference, which begins on Friday. British political scientist Anthony Glees says that Germany must become a "muscular democracy" and take the lead in Europe. Interview Conducted by Markus Becker more... Comment ]


Now Hiring: Purges Have Weakened Once Mighty Turkish Military

Now Hiring: Purges Have Weakened Once Mighty Turkish Military

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2017

Mass firings after last summer's failed coup attempt have created widespread anxiety inside the Turkish military. A weakened army and the loss of high-ranking officers is becoming a problem for NATO. By Peter Müller and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

German Caution, French Decisiveness: How Brexit Affects EU Defense Policy

German Caution, French Decisiveness: How Brexit Affects EU Defense Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2016

What's next for the European Union after Brexit? When it comes to defense policy, Germany and France need to step up to the plate. For Germany this will mean greater spending -- and more foreign deployments. A Guest Editorial By Jean-Marie Guéhenno more... Comment ]


The Russian Threat: NATO Struggles to Recover after Years of Budget Cuts

The Russian Threat: NATO Struggles to Recover after Years of Budget Cuts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2016

A recent study set off widespread concern about NATO's readiness to confront Russian aggression. Now, alliance member states are ratcheting up defense spending -- but the numbers still don't add up. By Konstantin von Hammerstein 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 ]