For years Germany's all-volunteer army has been struggling with a shortage of personnel, both for deployment abroad and at home. Now the Bundeswehr has started a pilot project, training up civilians for the army reserve.
German politicians are currently at odds over whether the country's military should increase its presence in Syria. Inflicting even more violence on the Syrian people won't help, however, says DW's Nina Werkhäuser.
A report suggests Germany's Bundeswehr could soon be called upon to take part in airstrikes on Syria, if another chemical attack were to occur. While Angela Merkel's CDU supports the idea, others remain wary.
The possibility of German troops joining airstrikes in Syria if chemical weapons are used is causing a rift in Angela Merkel's government. The conflict has reached the Bundestag — and the statements are getting stronger.
The armed forces are under pressure – in both France and Germany. Both armies are involved in foreign missions. But they’re struggling to cope with financial problems, inadequate materials and a lack of personnel.
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