Germany's new Defence Minister has tried to smooth the waters after tough talk from her predecessor towards Britain and France.
German Defense Minister von der Leyen has interpreted a rise in reports of sex abuse in the Bundeswehr as positive. She says it stems from the "atmosphere of openness" the army has tried to foster under her leadership.
Germany’s relationship to its military past is difficult at the best of times and the army is now reworking its tradition decree. With soldier and society increasingly at odds, it’s likely to be a complicated process.
The German army has restarted a training mission in Iraqi Kurdistan after a week pause. But the mission's continuation is in doubt due to conflict between the autonomous Kurdish region and Iraq.
Internal complaints to the German armed forces about sexual and other abuse rose sharply in the first half of 2017, a report says. The news puts yet more pressure on Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.
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