- January 22, 2013
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is intent on keeping his country out of military operations in Mali. But his insistence on playing the role of peacemaker is increasingly frustrating Berlin's allies. Many in Berlin are likewise unimpressed. By Ralf Neukirch and Gordon Repinski more... [ Forum ]
- March 05, 2012
German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière talks to SPIEGEL about why 50 German soldiers abandoned a military base in Afghanistan that was being targeted by demonstrators. He says expectations of what the West can achieve in the country have been too high, and that future missions must be better prepared. more...
- December 27, 2011
Germany's defense minister believes the next two years will be tough ones for German soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, Thomas de Maizière provides a sobering assessment 10 years into the Bundeswehr's deployment. more...
- March 02, 2011
Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a cabinet shuffle on Wednesday following the abrupt resignation of her defense minister. Current Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière will now take over the Defense Ministry, being replaced by a career politician from Bavaria's Christian Social Union party. Although it has lost a powerful figure, the CSU has gained clout in the government. By Sebastian Fischer and Philipp Wittrock more...
- December 20, 2010
In a SPIEGEL interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière talks about the failed terrorist attack in Stockholm, his opinion of WikiLeaks and governments' responsibility for protecting the Internet. By Holger Stark and Marcel Rosenbach more...
- November 26, 2010
Terror warnings in Germany have triggered a new debate on the country's data protection laws -- and revealed yet another fracture in Chancellor Merkel's government. The Justice Ministry and the Interior Ministry are at odds, and the fronts are hardening. more...
- November 22, 2010
Germany is currently in a state of high alert. Security officials are warning that they have concrete information pointing to a possible terror attack on the federal parliament building in Berlin, a massively popular tourist attraction. The days of Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière's reserved stances in dealing with such warnings appear to be over. By Matthias Bartsch, Yassin Musharbash and Holger Stark more... [ Forum ]
- November 19, 2010
Security in Germany has been ramped up following this week's terror warning from Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière. So too has the political rhetoric. German commentators say that politicians should be ashamed for trying to take advantage of heightened anxiety in the country. more...
- November 17, 2010
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Wednesday issued the most explicit warning yet that Germany may be the target of a terror attack in the near future. New evidence, he says, means that there is "cause for concern." more... [ Forum ]
- October 05, 2010
The German government has reacted relatively calmly to the current terror warnings, with Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière cautioning against being "alarmist." German commentators believe he has the right attitude. more...