NATO defense ministers of 21 countries have been meeting in Berlin to discuss how to respond to the recent Taliban surge in Afghanistan. In an exclusive interview, DW talked to Afghanistan's defense minister, Mohammed Masoom Stanekzai.
A new government report on military and civilian engagement in Afghanistan makes no mention of progress. According to Berlin, the worsening security situation is severely hampering Germany's commitment to reconstruction.
NATO members have increased defense spending in general, but European countries are having difficulties meeting a target of 2 percent of GDP demanded by US President Donald Trump. Germany is a long way off.
A German citizen thought to be a military advisor to the Taliban in Helmand province has been detained by Afghan officials. The man appears to be part of the Taliban's elite "Red Unit."
From Berlin to Washington, Germany's role in the trans-Atlantic alliance has taken center stage. But what does Germany actually do for NATO? DW examines its strategic role amid a spat prompted by US President Trump.
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