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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08 Aug 2018

German cyberwarriors assert right to ‘hack back’ when attacked

“German authorities believe they are on firm legal footing to retaliate against cyber attacks by unleashing digital or conventional counterattacks, according to a series of recent written responses by government officials to lawmakers. The documents shed light on some of the legal considerations of cyber-warfare mulled in Berlin, just as

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23 Jul 2018

Most Germans think Europe can defend itself without U.S. help: poll

A recent poll indicated that only 37% of German believe that Europe depends on the U.S. military for its security. It also found that responses did not vary significantly by former West and East Germany, where political histories with the U.S. vary drastically. German voter opinion continues to be a

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13 Jul 2018

Poll: 42% of Germans want US troops out of country

A recent polls measured 42% of Germans in favor of U.S. troop withdrawal from their country, with 37% in favor of continued troop presence and 21% undecided. Trump has continued to criticize Germany for not contributing its fair share towards defense spending within NATO, but polls of this nature reveal

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