Germany to improve counter-espionage efforts

Germany to improve counter-espionage efforts

BERLIN , July 7 (UPI) --Germany, stung by the arrest of an intelligence employee suspected of spying, will move away from its policy of not spying on NATO allies, a report said.
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Report: German auditors, EU probing procurement of helicopters

BONN, Germany, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere is the target of federal auditors over the procurement of naval helicopters, Der Spiegel reported this weekend.

Poland procuring Leopard tanks from Germany

POZNAN, Poland, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Poland is acquiring Leopard 1A4 and Leopard 2A5 main battle tanks from Germany under an agreement signed by defense ministers of both countries.
Official: U.S. must gather only information it needs

Official: U.S. must gather only information it needs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The United States needs to review its intelligence gathering to ensure it is collecting information because it needs it, an Obama administration official says.
ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting-Plus ends, joint declaration signed

ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting-Plus ends, joint declaration signed

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and 17 defense ministers of Asia-Pacific nations recommitted to strengthening cooperation to promote regional peace.

Italy to leave 500 to 700 troops in Afghanistan after NATO pullout

HERAT, Afghanistan, June 20 (UPI) -- Several hundred Italian troops will remain in Afghanistan after Western troops withdraw at the end of 2014, Italian Defense Minister Mario Mauro said Thursday.

Netherlands, Germany move to enhance military cooperation

BERLIN, May 30 (UPI) -- The Netherlands and Germany have agreed on an "extensive" cooperation of their military forces, the countries' defense ministers announced this week.
German Chancellor Merkel makes surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan

German Chancellor Merkel makes surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, May 10 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a surprise visit Friday to Afghanistan to visit with German peacekeeping troops in Kunduz, officials said.

Israel to sign deal for sixth German sub

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 20 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is to sign a deal for a sixth Dolphin class submarine that will give Israel the most powerful sub fleet in the Middle East.

Doubts over new Canadian logistics hub in Germany

OTTAWA, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Canadian plans to create a defense logistics hub in Germany are in doubt after complications arising from German objections over potential noise pollution.

Germany warns Israel not to strike Iran

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Israel should avoid taking unilateral military action against Iran in response to growing nuclear weapons concerns, the German defense minister said.
Germany details Bundeswehr reform

Germany details Bundeswehr reform

BERLIN, May 18 (UPI) -- Germany will slash by a fifth the number of troops as part of a broader reform that is intended to transform the country's armed forces.
Germans pull out of sea patrol off Libya

Germans pull out of sea patrol off Libya

BERLIN, March 23 (UPI) -- Germany pulled its ships out of NATO patrols in the Mediterranean Wednesday to stay out of the Libya no-fly military operation, the defense minister said.
Germany's new interior minister draws fire

Germany's new interior minister draws fire

BERLIN, March 4 (UPI) -- Germany's freshly appointed Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has sparked controversy on the first day of his new job when talking about the role of Islam in German society.

Merkel names new defense minister

BERLIN, March 3 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel named Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere her new defense minister Wednesday, replacing Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.
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Karl Ernst Thomas de Maizière (German pronunciation: ; born 21 January 1954) is a German politician (CDU), currently serving as the Minister of Defence (since 3 March 2011) in the Second Cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

A close confidant of Merkel, he served as Chief of Staff at the Chancellor's Office and Federal Minister for Special Affairs in the First Cabinet Merkel from 2005 to 2009. Prior to his appointment to the federal cabinet, he served as a cabinet minister of the state of Saxony, including as Chief of Staff, Minister of Finance and Minister of Justice. In the federal cabinet, prior to his appointment as Minister of Defense, he served as Minister of the Interior.

Thomas de Maiziere was born in Bonn to the later Inspector general of the Bundeswehr, Ulrich de Maizière. He graduated at the Aloisiuskolleg in Bonn and studied law and history at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and the University of Freiburg, he passed his first state examination in law in 1979 and his second 1982, earning his doctorate of law (Dr. jur.) in 1986.

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