NATO is carrying out its biggest joint exercise in Europe in a decade. For the past two weeks 36,000 troops from 30 partner nations have taken part in the test of a new rapid reaction force set up amid strained NATO-Russian relations.
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.
Angela Merkel has called on the EU to play a more active role in Syria, but German opposition politicians have told DW that her words fall short. One noted how Merkel "forgot" to mention NATO member Turkey's involvement.
Eastern Europe and Central Asia have been caught between western Europe and Russia since the Cold War ended. At the Munich Security Conference, regional experts discussed where the future lies for these regions.
Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said Sweden will provide troops only if both Russia and the West agree. Western officials are considering deploying a force led by non-NATO nations in eastern Ukraine.
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