NATO’s Real Problem: Germany’s Military Is Dying

posted in: Germany, News

Key point: Germany’s military has been vastly underfunded. The modern German armed forces, or Bundeswehr, were created just ten years after the end of World War II. Cold war tensions and the presence of Soviet troops in East Germany, Czechoslovakia … Read More

Kramp-Karrenbauer’s Quest for a meaningful German Army

posted in: Germany, News

In the future, according to the will of Germany’s Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer, the Bundeswehr needs to take much more responsibility and fight side by side with the allies. A noble and long overdue vision. However, does Germany possess military capabilities … Read More

Brexit is one of most spectacular mistakes in EU history, says Tusk

posted in: European Union, News

Exclusive: Donald Tusk says it would still be better for both sides if UK stayed in EU. Donald Tusk said Brexit was one of the saddest experiences of his five years as European council president. Photograph: Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrinform/Barcroft Media Brexit … Read More

Erdogan Threatens NATO Effort to Block Russian Aggression in the Baltics

(Bloomberg) — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to “oppose steps in NATO” unless the bloc supports his fight against Syrian Kurdish militants, threatening an alliance plan to defend Baltic states against Russian aggression. Ankara has been holding up the … Read More

Trump administration to cut its financial contribution to NATO

posted in: European Union, News

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration has moved to substantially cut its contribution to NATO’s collective budget according to several US and NATO officials, a symbolic move that comes as many continue to question President Donald Trump‘s commitment to the transatlantic alliance as … Read More

Today’s NATO is ‘Shadow of Its Own Self’ – German MP

posted in: European Union, News

Jurgen Trittin has chimed in on the comment thread that followed President Macron’s words about NATO’s “cerebral death”, calling to wake up to reality and not ignore objective truths. For the time being, NATO is going through an existential crisis, … Read More

Israel Assisting Syrian Kurds: Foreign Ministry

posted in: Israel, News

Tzipi Hotovely ERBIL – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer for assisting the Syrian Kurds has been accepted, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has revealed. The Israeli official noted that they “are assisting them through a number of channels,” and that advocating … Read More

Europe’s Enlargement Problem

posted in: European Union, News

If France and Germany managed to get along, Europe would look very different—and so would the Western Balkans. This is not a good time for countries in the Western Balkans. Or for supporters of “more Europe” in general. Both have … Read More

Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals

posted in: Middle East, News

Turkey’s Syria invasion following the US withdrawal of its troops means that all bets are now off in the Middle East. Smoke billows from targets in Tel Abyad, Syria, during bombardment by Turkish forces. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP By invading northern … Read More

Germany, other Nato members, stop arms sales to Turkey over Syria operation

posted in: Germany, News

Smoke billows following Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border on 9 October 2019. Germany said Saturday it will halt sales of weapons to Turkey over its widely criticized operation … Read More

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