Germany's cabinet is discussing ramping up its military involvement in conflicts ranging from Afghanistan to Mali. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has signaled a new engagement internationally.
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has called for German troop deployment in Afghanistan, Mali and Iraq to be extended for a year. The current mandates are due to expire before the end of January.
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.
Germany's defense minister has sought to reassert her leadership after criticism over her recent comments on the Bundeswehr. She will travel with top army brass to a base where a scandal was uncovered this week.
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