"Islamischer Staat": Bundesregierung will IS-Terrormiliz in Deutschland verbieten

"Islamischer Staat": Bundesregierung will IS-Terrormiliz in Deutschland verbieten

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2014

Die Bundesregierung greift in den Kampf gegen den "Islamischen Staat" ein. Innenminister Thomas de Maizière wird am Vormittag wohl ein Verbot der Terrormiliz in Deutschland ankündigen. mehr... Video | Forum ]

NATO Reform: German Plan Faces Broad Opposition

NATO Reform: German Plan Faces Broad Opposition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2013

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière wants to strengthen cooperation among NATO members and is calling for reform of the military alliance. But other countries are skeptical. His proposal also threatens to upset ongoing government coalition negotiations in Berlin. By Matthias Gebauer, Gregor Peter Schmitz and Christoph Schult in Berlin and Brussels more... Comment ]

Afghan Withdrawal: Ministers Hand Over Germany's Kunduz Base

Afghan Withdrawal: Ministers Hand Over Germany's Kunduz Base

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2013

After serving there for 10 years, Germany officially handed over its Kunduz military base to Afghan security forces on Sunday. And though German soldiers are leaving the area, officials assured the country would not turn its back on the Afghan people. more... Comment ]

Mini-Drone Incident Shows Security Failings

Mini-Drone Incident Shows Security Failings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

Last week, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), which is responsible for Chancellor Angela Merkel's security during the run-up to the election on Sept. 22, cemented its already muddied reputation by failing to take action at a campaign event in Dresden when a miniature drone circled above the audience. By Friederike Heine more... Comment ]

Merkel Buzzed by Mini-Drone at Campaign Event

Merkel Buzzed by Mini-Drone at Campaign Event

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2013

Just when the scandal surrounding the Merkel administration's bungled purchase of a multi-million euro surveillance drone was beginning to fade, the Internet activist Pirate Party has managed to draw attention to it once again. By Friederike Heine more... Comment ]

Clipped Wings: Berlin Struggles to Certify Military Plane

Clipped Wings: Berlin Struggles to Certify Military Plane

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2013

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière, in trouble over the costly cancellation of the Euro Hawk drone, faces a potentially even greater problem. Certification for the A400M military transport plane is behind schedule and plagued by legal pitfalls. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Fighter Flaws: Warplane Costs Soar amid Mismanagment

Fighter Flaws: Warplane Costs Soar amid Mismanagment

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2013

Defense contractor EADS appears to have cut corners in its construction of the Eurofighter jet for the German military. The government faces billions in additional costs, but it doesn't want taxpayers to find out until after federal election this fall. more... Comment ]

Second Chance? German Defense Minister Favored to Head NATO

Second Chance? German Defense Minister Favored to Head NATO

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2013

Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière is having a tough time in Germany these days, but he may get a second chance in Brussels. SPIEGEL has learned he is a leading contender to become the next NATO secretary general. more... Comment ]

551.574.942 Euro: Wofür man die Drohnen-Millionen ausgeben könnte

551.574.942 Euro: Wofür man die Drohnen-Millionen ausgeben könnte

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2013

Gruseliges Schulessen, pleitebedrohte Kommunen, Schlaglöcher: Was könnte man nicht alles ändern in Deutschland, wäre nur das Geld da. Die gut 500 Millionen Euro, die in das gescheiterte Drohnenprojekt flossen, wären anderswo gut angelegt gewesen. Zehn Ideen. Von Theresa Breuer, Claudia Niesen und Annett Meiritz mehr... Forum ]

Minister on the Defensive: Drone Program Collapse Has Berlin Under Pressure

Minister on the Defensive: Drone Program Collapse Has Berlin Under Pressure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2013

Thomas de Maizière has long been a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel. But the defense minister now finds himself at the center of controversy after cancelling Germany's half-billion euro surveillance drone program last week. He has allegedly known about the project's problems for months. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]