Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst and the image of the Catholic Church
Is this really the death knell for Germany's venerable Social Democrats? For the first time, the party is even less popular than the right-wing AfD. Germany's party landscape is shifting dramatically, says Felix Steiner.
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.
The German parliament's military commissioner has published a report sharply critical of Germany's combat-readiness. The problem comes amid the country's increasing involvement in military missions abroad.
The populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has overtaken the Social Democrats (SPD) in a national opinion poll for the first time. The news comes as the SPD begins a crucial vote on a coalition with Angela Merkel.
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