Germany's military is one of the largest in Europe. "The Bundeswehr" is a catch-all term in German, incorporating the army, navy and air force.
Following a reduction in numbers and the suspension of subscription in 2011, the Bundeswehr went down to a strength of around 180,000 troops. This is bolstered by around 40,000 reservists, many of whom are youngsters serving a stint as national service. The Bundeswehr has no paramilitary troops. Germany has a post-World War II reluctance to send combat troops abroad. But since the 1990s the Bundeswehr has been involved in operations all over the world; with 100,000 German troops having served in Afghanistan alone since 2002. This is a collection of DW's latest content pertaining to the Bundeswehr.
Germany's ruling CDU party has launched a debate on reinstating military conscription and offering young men and women a chance to serve their country in other ways. A recent poll shows Germans are in favor of the idea.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives want more money for Germany's military. But their Social Democratic coalition partners have pushed back, warning that Germany should not cave into demands made by Donald Trump.
Helmets without screws, tornados with broken ejection seats - even the thermal underpants are missing. What does the future hold for Germany's cash-strapped army? Join Damien McGuinness and Michaela Küfner on this week’s Stammtisch as they take stock of the German armed forces with guests Judy Dempsey of Carnegie Europe and Gustav Gressel from ECFR.
Bundeswehr pilots can't get enough flight time amid helicopter shortages and are losing their flying licenses as a result. The report is the latest to shed light on the embarrassing state of Germany's armed forces.