Factory and Lab: Israel's War Business

Factory and Lab: Israel's War Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 27, 2014

Israel invests more money in research than most other countries -- and in no other place are research institutes, the defense industry, the army and politics as interwoven. The result is a high-tech weapons factory that successfully exports its goods globally. By Markus Becker in Tel Aviv, Israel 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 ]

Files Uncovered: Nazi Veterans Created Illegal Army

Files Uncovered: Nazi Veterans Created Illegal Army

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 14, 2014

Newly discovered documents show that in the years after World War II, former members of the Nazi Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS formed a secret army to protect the country from the Soviets. The illegal project could have sparked a major scandal at the time. By Klaus Wiegrefe 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 ]

NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options

NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2014

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has demanded a stronger NATO presence in Eastern Europe. But that makes some in Chancellor Merkel's government uncomfortable. As the alliance moves to reassure eastern allies, Berlin considers its options. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Arms Exports: Berlin Backs Large Defense Deal with Saudi Arabia

Arms Exports: Berlin Backs Large Defense Deal with Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2014

Berlin has often been criticized in recent years for selling weapons to questionable regimes. Now, the German government is backing a billion-euro deal for 100 patrol boats. 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 ]

Risk for Rasmussen: New NATO Headquarters in Financial Trouble

Risk for Rasmussen: New NATO Headquarters in Financial Trouble

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2014

NATO is building a new headquarters for one billion euros. But the construction consortium is in financial difficulties and the project is at risk of being halted. It's an embarrassment for outgoing NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen. By Fidelius Schmid and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Super Subs: The German Defense Industry Discovers Asia

Super Subs: The German Defense Industry Discovers Asia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

The German defense industry is increasingly looking to Asia as a growing market for its products. Conflicts in the Far East have led to a demand for the kind of giant -- and expensive -- submarines that come from shipyards in northern Germany. By Otfried Nassauer and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

March to The Top: Risky Opportunity for New Defense Minister

March to The Top: Risky Opportunity for New Defense Minister

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 30, 2013

Ursula von der Leyen has clinched the defense ministry and positioned herself as potential heir to Chancellor Angela Merkel. She's the star of the new cabinet, but she also has formidable rival in Thomas de Maizière, whom she ousted to get her new job. more... Comment ]