04 Dec 2018

Russian Hackers Allegedly Attacked Germany and the U.S. on the Same Day

Separate reports have connected Russian hackers to different attacks in the U.S. and in Germany on November 14, although it remains uncertain if the events were linked or whether any systems were breached. “First, U.S. cybersecurity companies reported that the group known as Cozy Bear—allegedly an arm of Russia’s foreign

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26 Nov 2018

Jamal Khashoggi killing: Finland, Denmark, Germany halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia

“Three countries have halted arms sales to Saudi Arabia while the U.S. has stuck by the kingdom after the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Finland and Denmark joined Germany this week in halting all future arms sales and sending of military equipment to the Saudi government. Germany and

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20 Nov 2018

Germany announces ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia

“The German government has halted arms sales to Saudi Arabia and slapped a travel ban on a group of Saudi nationals in response to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, according to news reports on Monday. German daily Die Welt reported that all exports of arms would be stopped, including deals

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20 Nov 2018

Germany plans to fast-track deportations of failed asylum-seekers

Years after Germany accepted nearly 900,000 refugees in 2015 alone as part of Merkel’s open-door policy, the country continues to work on the practical aspects of sorting and integrating or expelling asylum-seekers and other immigrants. Most recently, the German Interior Ministry announced plans to accelerate the deportation of failed asylum

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15 Nov 2018

German prosecutors charge Chinese-born engineer in industrial espionage case

Prosecutors in Germany are charging a Chinese-born German national for stealing trade secrets in connection with his former position with chemicals firm Lanxess. German intelligence has warned firms that China may seek to uncover and export trade secrets and that it can be difficult to tell the difference betweens state

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25 Oct 2018

Invisible and dangerous: The Salafist scene in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia bordering both the Netherlands and Belgium is home to more Salafists than any other German state. Of the 1,000 people who traveled from Germany to fight with ISIS, around 300 came from the state. Of the 3,000 Salafists in the state, its intelligence office has

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18 Sep 2018

German Troops Face Russian ‘Hybrid War’ in Lithuania: Merkel

Germany is increasing its military cyber capabilities, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel, in response to Russian cyber attacks against its troops in Lithuania, NATO’s eastern flank. “Hybrid warfare is not something that we are very used to. You clearly experience this here in very specific wakes…it’s not for nothing that

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11 Sep 2018

More artillery, air defense: US Army beefs up its footprint in Germany

The U.S. is increasing its 33,000-strong force of permanently stationed troops in Germany by 1,500 in a display of “commitment to NATO and our collect resolve to support European security.” The additional troops represent new units of field artillery brigade, multiple-launch rocket system battalions, and a short-range air defense battalion.

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11 Sep 2018

Germany mulls joining US-led airstrikes in Syria

The German Bundeswhr may join France, the U.K., and the U.S. in possible airstrikes on Syrian targets if the Syrian government deploys chemical weapons. Participation is supported by Angela Merkel and the CDU, who has otherwise opposed German involved in the conflict as it puts them in direct confrontation with

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23 Aug 2018

Germany calls for end to US hegemony in global payments system

The German foreign minister argued that the world needs an independent global payments system that would increase their autonomy and remove them from the shadow of heavy U.S. influence. U.S. departure from the Iranian deal and their return of sanctions underscores U.S. control over international payments, a control that continues

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