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German far-right leader welcomes US troop withdrawal

Aug. 9, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of Germany's biggest far-right party has welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw thousands of American troops from the European Union country. Tino Chrupalla, the co-chairman of Alternative for Germany, told public broadcaster ZDF the move was in line with his...

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks prior to the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

German defense minister: Planned US withdrawal 'regrettable'

Jul. 31, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Friday described the planned withdrawal of some 12,000 U.S. troops from her country as “regrettable,” while suggesting it underlines the need for Europe to do more for its own security. American defense leaders said Wednesday that the U.S. will...

FILE - In this June 6, 2011 file photo, the German and U.S. flags fly on a lamp post in front of the White House in Washington ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit. Defense officials say the U.S. will pull 12,000 troops from Germany, bringing 6,400 forces home and shifting 5,600 to other countries in Europe, including Italy and Belgium. The plan will cost billions of dollars and take years to complete.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

US to bring 6,400 troops home from Germany, move 5,600 more

Jul. 29, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred on by President Donald Trump's demand to pull troops out of Germany, the U.S. will bring about 6,400 forces home and shift about 5,600 to other countries in Europe, American defense leaders said Wednesday, detailing a Pentagon plan that will cost billions of dollars and take years...

US to withdraw troops from Germany, sending 6,400 home and 5,400 to other countries, under shakeup sought by Trump

Jul. 29, 2020 9:01 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US to withdraw troops from Germany, sending 6,400 home and 5,400 to other countries, under shakeup sought by Trump.
FILE - In this Friday, May 13, 2011 file photo, Soldiers of 1AD attend a color casing ceremony of the First Armored Division at the US Army Airfield in Wiesbaden, Germany. The governors of the four German states that are home to critical U.S. military facilities are urging members of U.S. Congress to try and force President Donald Trump to back down from plans to withdrawal more than a quarter of American troops from the country. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

German governors urge Congress to stop troop withdrawal plan

Jul. 20, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The governors of the four German states that are home to critical U.S. military facilities are urging members of U.S. Congress to try and force President Donald Trump to back down from plans to withdraw more than a quarter of American troops from the country. In the letter, obtained Monday by...

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, German Minister of Defense, delivers her speech at the Ploetzense Lake Memorial in memory of those murdered in the resistance against the National Socialist tyranny in Berlin, Germany, Monday, July 20, 2020. The day commemorates the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

Germany: anti-Hitler plotters a model for today's military

Jul. 20, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Faced with growing concern over right-wing extremism in Germany's military, the country's defense minister on Monday marked the anniversary of a failed plot to kill Adolf Hitler by urging today's soldiers to take their inspiration from those who tried to assassinate the Nazi dictator....

This cover image released by AFM shows “We Are One” by U.D.O. (AFM via AP)

Review: U.D.O. brings out big guns with German military band

Jul. 16, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

U.D.O., “We Are One” (AFM) Everything about this album is intimidating, including the growling, nether-worldly voice of singer Udo Dirkschneider, and the fact that his backing band is the official concert band of the German military. This album is not for the faint of heart. The former Accept...

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”...