Posts tagged as Bundeswehr

German defence minister: We will stay in Lithuania as long as WE want

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, February 18, 2019

On February, 16 in the Republic of Lithuania the celebrations on the occasion of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania were held. The State Restoration Day reminds of the declaration of Lithuania’s independence from Germany in 1918. However, today this holiday has lost its relevance, due to the fact that Lithuania again loses its independence. So, on the eve of the Restoration of the State Day the Germany promised to…

German military turns to under 18s to boost recruitment

By Riham Alkousaa on Friday, August 24, 2018

When Marlon finished high school in Germany, a military career seemed far more appealing than working on a car production line. So, a few months before he turned 18, he joined the German army, becoming one of more than 10,000 minors to sign up since mandatory military service ended in 2011. “I wanted to experience something and to get to know my own limits, to see how far I can…

Germany to miss NATO defense spending goal

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Germany will fail to meet an annual defense spending goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the country’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) announced on Monday. Speaking during an annual conference of the armed forces (Bundeswehr) in Berlin, von der Leyen predicted that the German military budget would only grow gradually from currently 1.24 percent of GDP…