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Germany spent over $1B to cover costs linked to US troops

Jul. 6, 2020 7:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has paid more than $1 billion over the past decade to cover costs related to the stationing of U.S. troops in Germany, according to the finance ministry in Berlin. The ministry provided the figures in reply to a query from opposition Left Party lawmaker Brigitte...

US paratroopers injured in German training accident

Jul. 2, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Six American soldiers were injured in a training accident in Germany when they drifted off course during a parachute drop, the military said Thursday. The accident occurred at the Grafenwoehr training area on Wednesday, when several soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade landed in trees,...

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) arrives at a press conference on the reform of the Special Forces Command (KSK), wearing mouth and nose protection, Berlin Germany, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Since 2017, the KSK has been making headlines because of several cases of right-wing extremism. One suspected soldier even had an arsenal dug up. The Defence Minister has therefore had a reform concept developed to counteract extremist tendencies. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Germany disbands elite army unit over extremism concerns

Jul. 1, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s defense minister disbanded a company of special forces on Wednesday saying a culture of right-wing extremism had been allowed to develop behind a “wall of secrecy.” Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told reporters that “toxic leadership”...

FILE  - In this Feb. 5, 2004 file photo, soldiers of (KSK) Kommando Spezialkraefte, German Bundeswehr's special forces take part in a training  exercise in Calw, southern Germany. Germany’s defense minister reportedly plans to restructure the country’s special forces unit after numerous allegations of far-right extremism. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called a press conference for Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to talk about a “structural analysis” of the KSK, unit, following up on an analysis she ordered in May. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

Reports: Germany revamping elite army unit over extremism

Jun. 30, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s defense minister reportedly plans to restructure the country’s special forces unit after numerous allegations of far-right extremism. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called a news conference for Wednesday to talk about a “structural...

President Donald Trump meets with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump: Poland to get some US troops withdrawn from Germany

Jun. 24, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that some of the 10,000 American troops he’s pulling out of Germany will be moved to Poland on NATO’s eastern flank against Russian aggression. “We’re going to be reducing our forces in Germany,” Trump said in the...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo, a picture of a former American soldier is displayed at the former U.S. army Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany. In vowing to pull thousands of U.S. troops from Germany, President Donald Trump is following a pattern of disruptive moves against allies that have dismayed many of his fellow Republicans. Trump has consistently promised to bring American troops home, dismissing the conventional view that a far-flung U.S. military presence, while costly, pays off in the long run by ensuring stability for global trade. Earlier this week he said the 34,500 U.S. troops in Germany would be reduced to 25,000. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Trump troop cut in Germany fits a pattern of hitting allies

Jun. 19, 2020 5:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In vowing to pull thousands of American troops from Germany, President Donald Trump is following a pattern of disruptive, sometimes punitive, moves against allies that have dismayed his fellow Republicans and cast doubt across the globe about the future of partnering with the United...

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Trump to meet Poland's Duda at White House

Jun. 17, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

President Donald Trump will meet with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda at the White House next week to discuss defense, trade, energy and telecommunications security, the White House announced Wednesday. The meeting, set for June 24, comes on the heels of Trump announcing plans to reduce the U.S. military...

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a video conference of NATO Defense Minister at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. NATO Defense Ministers began two days of video talks focused on deterring Russian aggression and a US decision to withdraw thousands of troops from Germany. (Francois Lenoir, Pool Photo via AP)

NATO chief says US to consult allies on future troop plans

Jun. 17, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States remains committed to its European allies and has pledged to consult them on any future U.S. troop moves in Europe, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday, after President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement that he plans to pull thousands of...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 file photo, U.S President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend ceremonies at the Arc de Triumphe in Paris. After more than a year of thinly veiled threats that the United States could start pulling troops out of Germany unless the country increases its defense spending to NATO standards, President Donald Trump appears to be going ahead with the hardball approach with a plan to reduce the American military presence in the country by more than 25 percent. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool, File)

NATO chief plays down concern over US troop plans in Germany

Jun. 16, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday played down concern that the United States will rush to pull thousands of its troops out of Germany, as doubts swirled in Europe about when such a withdrawal might take place. President Donald Trump has said that he is ordering a major...

President Donald Trump listens during a roundtable about America's seniors, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump announces major US troop cut in 'delinquent' Germany

Jun. 15, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he is ordering a major reduction in U.S. troop strength in Germany, a move widely criticized by members of his own party as a gift to Russia and a threat to U.S. national security. “We're putting the number down to 25,000 soldiers,” Trump...