25 years after the end of the Cold War, is Europe facing a new era of East-West strife? Germany has increased defense spending for the first time since the collapse of the USSR, and NATO seems to have returned to a policy of deterrence.
Russian armed forces provide Moscow with clear military superiority in the post-Soviet region, despite Russia's troops not being able to match the whole of NATO. The Kremlin is busy modernizing its army, experts told DW.
British Prime Minister Theresa May's national security advisor told NATO that a Russian military intelligence agency has been observing the Skripals since 2013. Russia said the spying accusation was a "big surprise."
NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg has called for a dialogue after member state Latvia closed down part of its airspace due to Russian military tests in the Baltic Sea. Cold War echoes are distant, but getting louder.
Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan: When it comes to the German military's foreign missions, leaders in Berlin tend to be hesitant. Chancellor Angela Merkel's rejection of a Syrian deployment continues that tradition.
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