Posts tagged as Germany

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…

Germany Restricts Facebook’s Data Gathering

Friday, February 8, 2019

In a direct challenge to Facebook’s business model, Germany’s competition authority on Thursday sharply curtailed how the tech giant may profile people, saying that users could refuse to allow the company to combine their Facebook information with data about their activities on other sites. The agency, in a novel antitrust argument, said that the company had exploited its dominant position in the German market by coercing people into giving up…

Report suggests Germany may miss defense spending target

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Germany’s tightening public finances are raising questions over whether the country will miss its military spending target at a time when the U.S. is increasing pressure on its European allies to increase defense budgets. A Finance Ministry document circulated to other ministries for discussion suggests defense spending won’t increase sufficiently to meet targets amid a projected budget shortfall of 24.7 billion euros ($28.3 billion) through 2023, the dpa news agency…

Germany misses key NATO defense spending deadline

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Germany has missed a deadline for reporting to NATO how it will increase defense expenditures, failing to deliver on a key priority for the Trump administration. Under pressure from the White House, NATO states that don’t meet spending guidelines are now required to formulate national plans for boosting their defense budgets. The objective is to ensure all alliance members hit the NATO benchmark of dedicating 2 percent of GDP to…

Germany to invest EUR 110 mln into military infrastructure in Lithuania

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis said on Monday he was assured by his visiting German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen that her country would invest 110 million euros into military infrastructure in Lithuania over the upcoming three years. Berlin will also allocate money for the upgrade of the military training area in Pabrade, Svencionys District. “These will be not only investments into Rukla, but also where training takes…