Posts tagged as Germany

Drunken US soldier in Germany walks along train tracks to find his way home

Thursday, August 8, 2019

A drunken American soldier who tried walking home along a railway line in Bavaria on Saturday could face criminal charges after he caused several trains, including a high-speed ICE train, to drastically slow down to avoid running him over. The 20-year-old soldier, stationed in Hohenfels, was “apparently heading home after enjoying large quantities of alcohol and, in a manner reminiscent of the Wild West, was walking along the train tracks…

German soldiers offered free travel in uniform to ‘boost army visibility’

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

German soldiers will be encouraged to travel on the country’s rail network in uniform as part of a plan by the new defence minister to make the armed forces “more visible”. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a favourite of Chancellor Angela Merkel, has pledged to push for increased military spending as she tries to strengthen the bond between Germans and their armed forces. She told the German Bundestag last week that politicians needed…

Germany honors resisters who tried to assassinate Hitler

Friday, July 19, 2019

Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler, honoring those who resisted the Nazis — who were stigmatized for decades as traitors — as pillars of the country’s modern democracy amid growing concerns about the resurgence of the far-right. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will speak Saturday at an annual swearing-in ceremony for some 400 troops before addressing a memorial event, paid tribute ahead…

Pabriks to attend meeting of Northern Group’s defense ministers in Germany

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) will today attend a meeting with the Northern Group’s defense ministers in Berlin to discuss regional security and defense cooperation, LETA was told at the Latvian Defense Ministry. The meeting of Nordic and Baltic defense ministers is expected to focus on multinational military exercises, cooperation in strategic communication, the Greenland-Iceland-UK (GIUK) gap and military mobility, as well as China’s role in the Northern Group’s…

Germany’s Merkel says she’s OK after shaking at ceremony

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and was visibly shaking Tuesday as she greeted the new Ukrainian leader in the hot sun in Berlin, saying later that she clearly hadn’t drunk enough water. Merkel’s whole body visibly shook and she pursed her lips as she tried to contain the situation as she stood with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the 28-degree Celsius (82-degree Fahrenheit) heat while a military band played…

France, Germany, Spain sign European jet fighter deal

Monday, June 17, 2019

France, Germany and Spain agreed Monday to develop a European fighter jet and air combat system, as they bolster efforts to reduce their dependency on the United States. Defense ministers from the three countries signed an agreement at the Paris Air Show that lays out how the countries will cooperate on the project, which would include a new-generation combat aircraft. French President Emmanuel Macron presided over the signing. The project…

German Parliament Tightens Deportation Rules, Attempts to Lure Skilled Migrants

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The so-called “Orderly Return Act” was introduced by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, known for his hardline stance on migration control. The bill has been slammed by opposition parties The Greens and left-wing Die Linke as well as the right-wing Alternative for Germany. With 372 votes for, 159 against and 111 abstentions, the new regulations aiming to make deportations easier were approved by the German Bundestag. The “Orderly Return Act”, designed by the Interior…

President Kersti Kaljulaid in Germany, Slovenia and the US this week

Monday, June 3, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid has a week of international visits coming up, starting in Germany, and culminating in a visit to the UN in New York. The UN meeting will coincide with the vote on the next non-permanent seat on the organization’s security council. Estonia is in the running for the spot. On Monday and Tuesday, the president is to be one of the keynote speakers at the “Day of German…

Does Germany want to get rid of NATO?

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Is NATO dying? Walter Russel Mead, leading columnist of the Wall Street Journal, says yes. His opinion is based on the decision of the German government to keep defence spending as low as 1.25% of gross domestic product (GDP) for the next five years. This decision is not at all driven by fiscal urgency. Germany is expected to have a balanced budget after many years with an annual surplus. It…

Portugal crash: at least 29 killed on tourist bus in Madeira

Thursday, April 18, 2019

At least twenty-nine people, mostly German tourists, have died and a further 28 have been injured after a tourist bus overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira, local media have reported. A battered white bus on its side surrounded by firefighters could be seen in photos published by Portuguese media, while SIC Television said there were 19 ambulances at the scene following the accident, which occurred around 5.30pm GMT. Filipe…