In the Interview: former German defense minister Volker Rühe.
With NATO rattled amid pressure from Donald Trump, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen made an appeal for the alliance in a New York Times op-ed. She described NATO as an "emotional bond" between the US and Europe.
German prosecutors say an army employee has been detained on suspicion of spying for Iranian intelligence. The German-Afghan citizen worked as a translator for the German military.
Tehran has rejected claims that a Bundeswehr employee arrested last week was passing information to the Islamic Republic. Media reports have suggested the suspect worked for Iranian intelligence for many years.
The number of Bundeswehr recruits under the age of 18 has dropped for the first time in five years, according to local media reports. Some politicians have called for a ban on minors in the military.
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