Latest in Tag: Defense Minister Highlight

Latest in Tag: Defense Minister


‘Islamic State’ is a problem; Assad is a bigger problem

Syria’s president has tried harder than ever to recommend himself as a partner in the fight against “Islamic State.” However, it appears that Bashar al-Assad is a major part of the problem – and not part of the solution. Outrage began to filter out from Germany’s opposition parties on Sunday after Defense Minister Ursula von …

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France seeks help from its EU partners

For the first time, an EU member country has activated a largely unknown solidarity clause. France also wants military aid from its partners – and EU defense ministers have pledged support. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described the meeting as “emotional” after the first morning session in Brussels. She had called the terrorist attacks …

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Opinion: KMW-Nexter merger creates European arms giant

The German tank manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann has merged with its French competitor Nexter. DW’s Sven Pöhle fears that the alliance could weaken German guidelines on arms exports. Last November, Frank Haun, CEO of German tank manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), openly complained about being treated like a mistress. “Everyone needs what we have to offer, but …

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German defense minister von der Leyen pledges aid to Tunisia

On a trip to Tunis, Ursula von der Leyen assured Tunisia of German support in fighting terrorism. She promised fresh funds and military equipment before meeting President Beji Caid Essebsi. Von der Leyen has pledged 1.2 million euros in aid ($1.32 million) in aid to Tunisia’s government as well as military equipment like a floating …

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