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.
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.
The German army is set to benefit from a multibillion-euro spending increase, according to Finance Minister Olaf Scholz's draft defense budget. Germany has been under pressure to contribute more as a NATO partner.
In the space of a week, the US president has attacked NATO and cozied up to Vladimir Putin. Retired US Army General Ben Hodges told DW that Trump alienating US allies "worries every military professional" he knows.
Prosecutors alleged the German officer had planned to pose as a refugee and carry out a terrorism attack on politicians. A high court dropped terrrorism charges, but the officer will be tried for other offenses.
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