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  • Leereintrag
  • The 2014 Annual Military Scientific Research Report

    The 2014 Annual Military Scientific Research Report illustrates, through selected examples, the diverse and successful activities being conducted in all areas of defence Research.

  • Von der Leyen, Steinmeier und Stoltenberg vor Flaggen

    Berlin celebrates 60 years of NATO membership

    Germany has marked the 60th anniversary of its joining NATO with an official ceremony in Berlin. Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen welcomed many international guests to the Federal Foreign Office, including NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

  • Adenauer unterzeichnet Verhandlungen zur Remilitarisierung

    60 Years of Germany in NATO: Representing shared values

    On 6 May 1955, Germany was officially admitted as a member of the North Atlantic alliance. Now, 60 years later, the members of NATO are still there for each other in times of need. The security of all members of the alliance is and remains inseparable for the federal government.

  • Soldat schaut durch ein Fernglas auf das Meer

    Deployments in Kosovo, Lebanon and Mali extended

    On 19 June, the Members of the German Bundestag voted by a large majority to extend the Bundeswehr's three deployments abroad in Kosovo (KFOR), Mali (MINUSMA) and Lebanon (UNIFIL).

  • Frau vor Mikrofon

    Von der Leyen at the 10th Brussels Forum

    Statement by Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defence, at the 10th Brussels Forum of the German Marshall Fund “(R)Evolution” on 20 March 2015 in Brussels „The evolving European Army“

  • EUTM-Somalia Ärmelabzeichen im Fokus, im Hintergrund somalische Soldaten beim Unterricht - Link zum Beitrag

    Support for EU training mission in Somalia

    The Bundeswehr will continue training Somali soldiers during the coming year. On 4 March, the German Cabinet agreed to extend the participation of German armed forces in the EU Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) until the end of March 2016. The German Bundestag still has to give its approval.

  • Abgeordnete werfen ihre Stimmkarten in eine Urne

    Bundeswehr mission in Mali expanded

    On 26 February, the German Bundestag voted by a large majority to extend the participation of German servicemen and women in the EU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) for a further 15 months, and to increase the number of soldiers involved. The aim is that up to 350 soldiers can be deployed in Mali in the future. Germany will take over as chair of EUTM in August 2015.

  • Deutscher Soldat bei Einweisung eines Pescherga an der Waffe - Link zum Beitrag

    Iraq: German Bundestag approves training mission for Kurdish Peshmerga

    On Thursday (29 January), the German Bundestag approved Germany's participation in a training mission for Iraqi armed forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. Up to 100 Bundeswehr soldiers will take part in the mission. The German cabinet had already approved the mission in December 2014 at the suggestion of Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen.

  • Soldaten in Flecktarn sind angetreten, ein ISAF-Abzeichen an einer Uniform im Fokus

    „Open letter“ on the completion of the ISAF mission

    Open Letter of the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • Stoltenberg und Merkel am Rednerpult

    NATO Secretary General in Berlin: Germany remains a reliable partner

    NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is facing major international challenges. At a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Germany's engagement within the Alliance. Angela Merkel pledged that Germany would continue to act responsibly in future.

  • Panzer im Wasser

    NATO tests rapid reaction force

    More than 1,500 troops from eleven member states took part in the two-day military exercise called "Noble Jump" designed to test whether troops assigned to NATO's new Spearhead Force, or Very High Joint Readiness Task Force, could be ready to deploy 48 hours after receiving an order to move. Germany provided the bulk of the personnel for the exercise with some 900 Bundeswehr soldiers taking part.

  • US Soldier Receives German Military Honor

    On Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Consul General Neumann welcomed US Army Major Timothy Goffinet and his family to the Consulate. In a small ceremony with his family proudly looking on, the Consul General had the pleasure to present Major Goffinet with the military distinction bestowed upon him by German Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen.

  • New White Paper by 2016

    Germany is updating the key document which underpins its entire security and defence policy. On 17 February 2015, Federal Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen launched the process of drafting a new White Paper on security policy and the future of the Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces). The new White Paper is due to be published in 2016 and is being drafted in an interministerial, inclusive and transparent process.

  • German Contribution to NATO Reassurance Measures

    Germany is contributing to NATO activities in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea regions as well as increasing its personnel at SHAPE and at the Multinational Corps North East.

  • German defence minister visits Bundeswehr troops in Mali

    German soldiers sent as European Union (EU) specialists to train Malian troops are about to be visited by Germany's defence minister. Ursula von der Leyen has departed from Berlin for a two-day visit starting in Bamako.

  • Shangri-La Dialogue: „Strengthening Regional Order in the Asia-Pacific“

    German Minister for Defence, Dr Ursula von der Leyen, visited Singapore from 29 to 31 May 2015 to attend the 14th IISS Asia Security Summit, also known as Shangri-La Dialogue.

  • German Defence Minister in India

    German Defence Minister Dr. Ursula von der Leyen visited India 2015 from May 26 to 28. The focus during her three-day visit was on Indo-German cooperation and on regional and international security and defence issues.



Current as of 9/7/15