Posts tagged as Germany

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…

Germany opens Baltic Sea’s largest wind park

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday officially opened a massive wind farm in the Baltic Sea, calling it a project of “national significance” for Germany’s “energy transition” towards renewables. Here are three things to know about the Arkona wind park ahead of the political festivities. Baltic’s largest wind park Arkona’s 60 turbines tower out of the Baltic between the German island of Rügen and the Swedish shoreline to the north. Erected…

German Baltic Air Policing detachment conducts operational training

Friday, April 12, 2019

The German Eurofighter detachment augmenting NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission conducted operational training events with an Estonian Air Force M-28 transport aircraft and a German Air Force A400M cargo aircraft. In addition to providing intercept capability to safeguard the NATO airspace in the Baltic region, the German Eurofighter detachment is engaged in regular training activities to further improve aircrew proficiency and skills, say NATO. “In an unidentified aircraft training scenario,…

Baltics cannot rely on Germany anymore

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, March 18, 2019

On March 29 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will celebrate 15 years of becoming NATO member states. The way to the alliance membership was not simple for newly born independent countries. They have reached great success in fulfilling many of NATO demands: they have considerably increased their defence expenditures, renewed armaments and increased the number of military personnel. In turn, they get used to rely on more powerful member states, their…

US Ramstein air base stirs controversy in Germany

Friday, March 15, 2019

The US military’s Ramstein air base is a frequent source of criticism for the German government, especially when it comes to the operation of weaponized drones. Now the issue has gone to court. Command, click, kill? Weaponized drones are highly controversial in Germany. Two cases involving fatal drone attacks carried out by the United States are being brought before Germany’s Higher Administrative Court in Münster. Three Yemenis have taken legal action against…

Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops

By John Vandiver on Monday, March 11, 2019

President Donald Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting US troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for the privilege of American protection, according to a news report. Called “Cost Plus 50,” the plan would cost five or six times more for countries like Germany, Japan and South Korea, Bloomberg news reported Friday. Trump has been championing the idea for months,…

Press statement by H.E. President of Latvia Mr Raimonds Vējonis

Friday, February 22, 2019

I have the honour to pay a state visit to Germany. This visit is a testimony to the friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation between Latvia and Germany. I would like to extend my gratitude to His Excellency Federal President of Germany for the valuable exchange of ideas during our meeting today. We had the opportunity to discuss not only the bilateral relations between Latvia and Germany, but also the issues…

Estonia’s Paet: By supporting Nord Stream 2, Germany ignores energy independence principle

Monday, February 11, 2019

Member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet, former longtime foreign minister of Estonia, criticized the German government for supporting the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and opined that such action ignores the shared objectives of the European Energy Union aimed at decreasing dependence on external energy traders. “The development of Nord Stream 2 continues at full throttle, despite the fact that several European states have expressed their severe…

Take-off: France & Germany begin project to build new fighter jets

Saturday, February 9, 2019

France and Germany have announced a €65 million contract to design a next-generation stealth fighter jet. The new design will combine manned jet fighters with a swarm of cloud-connected drones, Dassault said in a release. It is the first act of a joint programme that will see the building of a combat aircraft and associated weapons, such as drones. The project, plans for which were first announced in 2017, has…