While Germany tightens up its policies on allowing new migration into the country, German armed forces have stepped up efforts to arrest human traffickers - especially those ferrying migrants across the Mediterranean.
The German army reportedly lacks the tents, winter clothes and other essential equipment needed for its deployment in a NATO rapid reaction force. The German defense ministry pledged that the items would be procured.
The Bundeswehr is expected to install a new NATO military headquarters in Germany. The move is part of the alliance's strategic upgrade in the face of increased tensions with Russia.
Early plans for a European army failed in the wake of World War II. EU states have since taken numerous small steps to integrate their armed forces, bringing the idea of a Europe-wide military ever closer to reality.
Germany's parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces has urged the navy to stop deploying frigates to NATO, EU and UN missions. Hans-Peter Bartels says the military simply doesn't have enough ships.
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