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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 ]


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 ]