Arms Exports: Berlin BacksáLarge Defense Deal with Saudi Arabia

Arms Exports: Berlin BacksáLarge 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 RenÚ Pfister and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

More Arrests: Greece Makes Progress on Arms Deal Corruption

More Arrests: Greece Makes Progress on Arms Deal Corruption

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2014

Greek prosecutors last week arrested two more people suspected of having taken bribes from German armaments firms during theálast decade. The detentions are the latest in the country's intensified efforts to go after corrupt, high-ranking officials. 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 ]

Nobel Peace Prize: Honor Highlights OPCW's Risky Syrian Mission

Nobel Peace Prize: Honor Highlights OPCW's Risky Syrian Mission

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2013

The OPCW has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to eradicate chemical weapons around the world. But the honor pointedly draws attention to its current challenge: disposing of Syria's arsenal in the midst of a civil war. By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

Assad Interview: 'West Is More Confident in Al-Qaida than Me'

Assad Interview: 'West Is More Confident in Al-Qaida than Me'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 05, 2013

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Syrian President Assad continues to describe the rebels as terrorists, accuses the West of lies and maintains that he is only seeking to defend his country. The leader also admits mistakes. more... Comment ]

German Chemicals for Syria: Merkel Denies Military Use

German Chemicals for Syria: Merkel Denies Military Use

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that according to preliminary information, German chemicals sent to Syria were not used to produce sarin. The Left Party wants a closer look. more... Comment ]

Mad about Guns: America's Deadly Weapons Obsession

Mad about Guns: America's Deadly Weapons Obsession

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

The tragic shooting in Washington feels all too much like deja vu. But President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats no longer even attempt to take on the real issue: America's unhindered gun mania. A Commentary By Marc Pitzke more... Comment ]

'More Boldness': Merkel in Pre-VoteáDispute over Arms Exports

'More Boldness': Merkel in Pre-VoteáDispute over Arms Exports

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

An internal paper indicates Chancellor Merkel's conservatives want Germany to increase arms exports, a move strictly opposed by her coalition partners. Foreign Minister Westerwelle struck back this week, highlighting a government spat just days before the election. By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

What Putin Wants: Moscow's Fear of Jihad Drives Policy on Syria

What Putin Wants: Moscow's Fear of Jihad Drives Policy on Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin is clearly enjoying his role as a key player in the Syrian conflict. But Moscow also has a very real concern: If Islamist extremism prevails in Syria, there could be serious consequences for Russia. A Commentary by Uwe Klussmann more... Comment ]