Speaking in parliament, Foreign Minister Steinmeier stressed that a political solution to the conflict was of paramount importance. But he said military action against IS was also necessary - especially to support France after the attacks in Paris.
The government in Berlin is intending to temporarily extend its military missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, a German magazine has reported. The move suggests Chancellor Angela Merkel is expecting long coalition talks.
A new book on German defense options suggests Berlin's threat perception is changing due to terrorism fears and Russian aggression. Author Paul Taylor says defense investments and attitudes must be adjusted accordingly.
Germany’s military has finished its withdrawal from Turkey’s airbase Incirlik, prompted by Ankara’s refusal to allow visits by German parliamentarians. Bundeswehr planes will instead be based in Jordan.
The Day of German Unity takes place as Germany struggles with internal problems in the wake of parliamentary elections. What's more, the country must also position itself internationally, writes DW's Ines Pohl.
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