After scandals in which German soldiers allegedly planned assassinations to frame asylum seekers and glorified the Nazis, Germany’s defense minister Ursula von der Leyen took a hard stance and put new regulations into effect.
Speaking in Washington, German Defense Minister von der Leyen said Germany is committed to increasing its defense budget. US Defense Secretary Mattis said Germany's spending plan is "on the right track."
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants billions of euros more for the German army than current budget plans foresee, a newspaper has reported. Her ministry has stressed the need to catch up and modernize equipment.
Germany's army is set to fly arms-capable Heron drones for the first time in history, after a parliamentary committee approved leasing the aircraft from Israel. The project would cost Germany over $1 billion.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen plans a fundamental reorganization of the Bundeswehr, a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper says. A policy paper calls for national security to be prioritized.
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