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  • Leereintrag
  • Troops throwing molotov cocktails during a drill

    KFOR – Joining the ORF batallion in Kosovo

    They will be called should the situation in the Balkans escalate. The ORF, or ”Operational Reserve Force“, consists of soldiers on call in their home countries. They can be ready for deployment in Kosovo within seven days.

  • Soldaten mit Flüchtlingen in zwei Booten – Link zum Beitrag

    Support for Libya: Operation SOPHIA to be extended

    Operation SOPHIA, the anti-human smuggling operation in the Mediterranean Sea, is to be continued and extended. German navy vessels will in future also be involved in preventing arms trafficking by sea to Libya, and will support the Libyan coastguard, the German Cabinet has decided.

  • 60 years of the Bundeswehr – an army anniversary

    60 years after its formation, the Bundeswehr commemorates milestones of its history. Germany celebrates the 60th anniversay of its parliamentary army with a Grand Tattoo in front of the Reichstag parliament building. We take a look back at an eventful week with a public swearing in at Bad Salzungen, the Grand Tattoo outside the Reichstag in Berlin and parliamentary debates about this important anniversay. The video also contains historical footage from the Bundeswehr archives.

  • Soldat blickt durch Feldstecher auf ein Schiff auf dem offenen Meer

    UNIFIL Mandate Extended: Bundeswehr continues work off the Lebanese coast

    German soldiers are to continue to support the Lebanese army in securing the country's coast, the Cabinet has now decided. Germany is thus actively contributing to achieving lasting peace in the Middle East.

  • Soldaten laufen Straße entlang

    Bundeswehr's KFOR Mission: Fewer soldiers in Kosovo

    German soldiers are to continue to serve in Kosovo, the Cabinet has decided. The mandate of the Kosovo Force, KFOR, is to be extended. Since the situation in the country is developing positively, however, the ceiling on German troops is to be reduced to 1,350.

  • WEISSBUCH Cover Deutsch

    The 2016 White Paper

    The White Paper is also a contribution by the German Government to the security policy debate in our country. Its purpose is to intensify and enrich this debate. In addition, it shows our international partners and allies how Germany sees its future role in the world in terms of security policy. The 2016 White Paper is the first of its kind to be based on an inclusive participation phase. National and international experts as well as interested citizens were given various opportunities to participate in the discussion about the future of German security policy.
    The 2016 White Paper (PDF, 4,5 MB)

  • Flaggen vor dem NATO Hauptquartier

    Role of NATO: Deterrence and dialogue

    Deterrence and dialogue are the two main pillars of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the view of the Chancellor. Germany has always worked for dialogue with Russia, she said. At the same time, however, it is important to strengthen NATO's eastern partners, said Angela Merkel in Berlin.



Current as of 1/11/16