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  • Unfit for Fight – or Flight

    Germany’s army admits to massive equipment failure

    Four years ago, Germany’s defense ministry decided to save money by cutting down on the purchase of spare parts. Now, more than half of the Bundeswehr’s aircraft have had to be grounded. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has admitted publicly that the situation is so bad that Germany would not be able to fulfill its NATO obligations in an emergency. It’s a scandal certain to get bigger.

  • Wearing Out Their Welcome

    The number of refugees seeking shelter in Germany is rising sharply

    Germany is expecting over 200,000 refugees to apply for political asylum this year. July 2014 saw the highest number of applications in over 20 years – a dramatic increase causing a heavy strain. Right-wing attacks on foreigners and asylum shelters are also on the rise. Chancellor Merkel’s government is under considerable pressure to increase restrictions.

  • The Houses That the Energiewende Builds

    How universities help guide Germany’s low-carbon metamorphosis, part III

    So far, multi-disciplinary collaboration has been key to push Germany’s shift to clean energy forward. While stock-taking, improved coordination, and the development of a master plan are now deemed essential, university researchers hope their input will continue – to ensure that the best ideas win out.