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  • Video: The 2016 White Paper explained

    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.


  • German Minister of Defense visits U.S. Army Europe

    Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's Minister of Defense, visited U.S. Army Europe's headquarters and met with Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, Aug. 10, 2016. During her visit to Clay Kaserne, von der Leyen met with Hodges, key U.S. and German staff members, and sat in on a status briefing.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Von der Leyen betritt durch eine Tür die Pressekonferenz - Link zum Beitrag

    Von der Leyen Prepares to Boost Personnel

    Having reversed the decline in military equipment and spending, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen is doing the same for armed forces personnel. Speaking in Berlin, the minister said: “Today a clear message has been sent to our troops: a quarter of a century of shrinking the Bundeswehr is over”.


  • German Minister of Defence meets OSCE Secretary General

    Reinvigorating dialogue on European security is key to rebuild trust and defuse tensions agree German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier. The Minister met with the Secretary General as part of an official visit to Vienna on 3 May 2016.



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