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 René Pfister and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

Risk for Rasmussen: New NATO Headquarters in Financial Trouble

Risk for Rasmussen: New NATO Headquarters in Financial Trouble

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2014

NATO is building a new headquarters for one billion euros. But the construction consortium is in financial difficulties and the project is at risk of being halted. It's an embarrassment for outgoing NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen. By Fidelius Schmid and Christoph Schult 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 ]

March to The Top: Risky Opportunity for New Defense Minister

March to The Top: Risky Opportunity for New Defense Minister

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 30, 2013

Ursula von der Leyen has clinched the defense ministry and positioned herself as potential heir to Chancellor Angela Merkel. She's the star of the new cabinet, but she also has formidable rival in Thomas de Maizière, whom she ousted to get her new job. more... Comment ]


Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

EU leaders are gathering in Brussels Thurday in an effort to shore up the bloc's common defense policy, amid growing doubts over whether Europe can bridge divergent national views on the continent's security role. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Military in Flux: What's In Store for Ursula von der Leyen

Military in Flux: What's In Store for Ursula von der Leyen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

Complex arms procurement projects, confused hierarchies and major reforms are just some of the issues facing future Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. It's certainly a challenge -- but also a huge chance for the conservative politician to make her mark. By Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]


Self Defense: Protectionism Rules in EU Arms Industry

Self Defense: Protectionism Rules in EU Arms Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel loves to preach economic prudence to her European Union partners. But she looks the other way when it comes to the bloc's wasteful defense policy, and Europe's citizens are footing the bill -- to the tune of at least €26 billion a year. By Gordon Repinski, Christoph Schult and Gerald Traufetter more...

Pentagon Contracts: German Scientists Accused of Naivete

Pentagon Contracts: German Scientists Accused of Naivete

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2013

German research institutions have accepted more than $10 million in contracts from the Pentagon since 2000 to cover seemingly benign topics like congenital tumors. But it appears some of these projects also have controversial military applications. By Lena Greiner more... Comment ]


War on Whistleblowers: Has Obama Scrapped the First Amendment?

War on Whistleblowers: Has Obama Scrapped the First Amendment?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2013

President Obama is cracking down on leakers. Both Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning face prosecution under the Espionage Act, while a New York Times reporter was ordered to reveal his sources or risk jail time. Is Washington turning its back on freedom of the press? By Marc Pitzke more... Comment ]

Merkel Speaks: Chancellor Defends Intelligence Monitoring

Merkel Speaks: Chancellor Defends Intelligence Monitoring

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on Wednesday for the first time about the NSA spying scandal, telling a major weekly that the work of intelligence agencies is vital to citizens' safety. She also sharply rejected comparisons of the US surveillance program with East German spying methods. 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 ]