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'Rearmament Spiral': A German Clash over Trump's NATO Demands

'Rearmament Spiral': A German Clash over Trump's NATO Demands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that NATO member states pay their fair share has turned into a political hot potato ahead of German elections later this year. But the debate ignores a salient fact: The German military is in a terrible state. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

Europe has long relied on America for its defense. But that era is rapidly coming to an end. It is time for a stronger European defense alliance that is less dependent on the U.S. and more capable of asserting its own interests with Russia and Turkey. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann 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 ]


Caught In the Purge: Turkish Officers Seek Asylum in Germany

Caught In the Purge: Turkish Officers Seek Asylum in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 02, 2017

In the wake of purges ordered by President Erdogan following last summer's coup attempt, a number of Turkish NATO officers have applied for asylum in Germany. The issue is a highly sensitive one -- also for Chancellor Merkel, who is visiting Turkey today. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

Historian Anne Applebaum on Trump: 'Protest Is Insufficient'

Historian Anne Applebaum on Trump: 'Protest Is Insufficient'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2017

In a SPIEGEL interview, Pulitzer-winning writer and historian Anne Applebaum talks about what the rise of Donald Trump means for Europe, what the future holds for NATO and whether democracy can survive the rise of right-wing populism. Interview Conducted by Christoph Scheuermann and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]


Trump's World Order: Merkel Anticipates Frosty Relations with U.S.

Trump's World Order: Merkel Anticipates Frosty Relations with U.S.

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2017

Doubts are growing inside Angela Merkel's Chancellery that the incoming American president will mature and become a statesman. The chancellor is preparing for frosty trans-Atlantic relations while at the same time trying to pull Europe together. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Elephant in the Room: Europeans Debate Nuclear Self-Defense after Trump Win

Elephant in the Room: Europeans Debate Nuclear Self-Defense after Trump Win

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2016

For decades, American nuclear weapons have served as a guarantor of European security. But what happens if Donald Trump casts doubt on that atomic shield? A debate has already opened in Berlin and Brussels over alternatives to the U.S. deterrent. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


'Extreme and Unprecedented Uncertainty': NATO Prepares for Trump Presidency

'Extreme and Unprecedented Uncertainty': NATO Prepares for Trump Presidency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2016

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump issued some serious threats to NATO that could significantly alter the balance of power in Europe if delivered on. Fearing the worst, officials at the trans-Atlantic military alliance even developed scenarios for his possible presidency. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Concern in Brussels and Berlin: Trump Spells End of Normality for Europe

Concern in Brussels and Berlin: Trump Spells End of Normality for Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2016

Donald Trump's election has put establishment politicians in Europe in a state of panic. In Berlin, nobody knows what the US president-elect intends to do. In Brussels, fears are growing he will put wind into the sails of the growing anti-EU populist movement. BY SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]