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German churches succeed in blocking Mideast arms deals

Heckler & Koch G36 rifle

Special to LONDON — The church has helped block German arms exports to the Middle East. Leading churches have joined with the opposition to lobby against major German weapons deals with Middle East allies. Clergymen said the lobbying reduced […]

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Germany emerges as leading supplier to Israel’s navy

Meko A-100 corvette.

Special to LONDON — Germany plans to subsidize an Israeli procurement of naval corvettes. The German government said it would contribute to the purchase of four corvettes for the Israel Navy. The government said the subsidy for Israel was […]

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Tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions by Russia and West recalls Cold War


Special to By Miles Yu, A diplomatic war between Moscow and the West has flared up, the old fashioned Cold War way. The exchange occurred on the eve of the European Union’s meeting in Brussels to discuss further […]

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25 years ago, Joshua’s trumpet sounded and the Berlin Wall fell


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A quarter century ago, the Joshua trumpet of freedom sounded and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Naturally, this allegory was slightly more complicated as the epic political events which […]

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Germany subsidizes sale to Israel of world’s most advanced non-nuclear submarine

Dolphin Mk-2 electric-diesel submarine.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has acquired its most advanced submarine. On Sept. 23, the Israel Navy took delivery of the Dolphin Mk-2 electric-diesel submarine from Germany. The platform, produced by ThyssenKrupp Systems, was said to represent unprecedented […]

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Germany to send armored vehicles, assault rifles to Kurdish forces

G-36 assault rifle

Special to LONDON — Germany has announced arms shipments to the Kurdish Regional Government. The Berlin government has agreed to send a range of weapons and munitions to KRG forces in northern Iraq. The German Defense Ministry said the […]

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Germany blocks tech exports to Turkey

German Deputy Prime Minister Sigmar Gabriel

Special to LONDON — Germany has decided to restrict security exports to Turkey. The German government announced restrictions on surveillance technology to Ankara amid reports of civil and human rights abuses. Officials said Turkey was blocking access to the […]

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Earthquake in the Eurozone: High turnout in European Parliament vote driven by anger

Marine Le Pen

Special to Charles de Gaulle once said: “Europe is France and Germany. Everything else is just the garnishes.” … While France rocked the Continent with a triumph for Marine Le Pen and her anti-EU National Front, German Chancellor Angela […]

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Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

Germany's Leopard-2A7 main battle tank

Special to LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 […]

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Israel improves defense ties with top European ally Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gesture during a joint press conference at the King David hotel in Jerusalem, Feb. 25.  /Getty Images

Special to JERUSALEM — Germany and Israel have pledged to enhance defense and security cooperation. In a joint statement, the governments of Berlin and Jerusalem said the two countries would develop defense research and technology. The statement, which ended […]

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