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The Defence Ministry is to add thousands of new soldiers to its ranks and increase spending by billions. But will it be enough to satisfy the Americans and NATO allies?
A Tornado jet. Photo: DPA
Germany's air force is to spend tens of millions of Euros on a base in Turkey - in the expectation of a long battle against Isis.
A rank of soldiers from the Bundeswehr (German army). File photo: DPA
Top political leaders in Germany are duking it out this week over whether to change the Constitution to allow military deployments within the country's borders.
A soldier on guard outside a German army base in 2010. File photo: DPA
At least 29 German soldiers have travelled to Syria or Iraq in recent years, an internal military report has found, with some believed to have joined terror group Isis.
German mountain troops training in Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, on Wednesday. Photo: DPA
Germany wants to modernize its army and contribute strongly to Nato - but is it spending enough?
A German Tornado reconnaissance plane at Incirlik airbase in Turkey in January. Photo: DPA
Keeping some parts of Syria safe from airstrikes could offer respite to those fleeing the fighting there, Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes.
Harald Kujat, former chief of staff of the Bundeswehr (German army) inspecting Ukrainian troops in Kiev in 2004. File photo: DPA
A former top general in the Bundeswehr (German army) has praised Russia's campaign in support of brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
A soldier wearing the new uniform in a field of scrub. Photo: Bundeswehr
A new type of camouflage developed for the Bundeswehr (German army) has been designed to fool even enemies using night vision equipment.
A German soldier trains a Peshmerga fighter. Photo: DPA
“Weapon deliveries are a subsidy for the Peshmerga, so that they can finance their trips to Europe,” one German politician claimed.
Military mission over Syria
A Tornado pilot in the cockpit. Photo: DPA
Since the beginning of the year the German Luftwaffe (air force) has been taking part in the military conflict with Isis. The only problem? Its jets can’t fly at night.
A US soldier secures the sight of one of the bomb blasts. Photo: DPA
A convoy carrying a German general was hit in a suicide car-bomb attack near Kabul airport on Monday, the news site Spiegel Online reported, adding that two soldiers were slightly hurt.
German sailors search a boat taking migrants over the Mediterranean. Photo: Bundeswehr / PAO EUNAVFOR MED)
Germany's navy said Saturday it rescued over 10,000 migrants at sea this year, including more than 500 people off the coast of Libya on Christmas day.
The Bundeswehr's Airbus A310 aircraft. Photo: DPA
The Bundeswehr (German military) has joined attacks on terrorist group Isis for the first time, after a refuelling jet took part in a bombing mission on Tuesday evening.
Battle against Isis
A Luftwaffe Tornado lifting off. File photo: DPA
Planes will lift off from bases across Germany on Thursday and set course for Turkey, where they will be based during the Luftwaffe (air force) mission over Syria.
Chancellor Angela Merkel casts her vote on Friday morning in the Bundestag. Photo: DPA
A huge majority of MPs backed the government's plans to send German forces to Syria in a vote on Friday morning.
A German soldier radios from the back of an armoured vehicle in Afghanistan. Photo: DPA
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Afghanistan's visiting President Ashraf Ghani agreed Wednesday to work jointly for stability in the South Asian country and to reduce illegal migration.
A Tornado from Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Squadron 51 in a hangar at the unit's base in Jagel, Schleswig-Holstein. Photo: DPA
Only 29 out of Germany's 66 Tornado jets – the type slated to see action on reconnaissance flights over Syria – are airworthy, a Defence Ministry report showed on Wednesday.
Bundeswehr Tornadoes refuelling. Photo: DPA
A large majority of the German public fears a terror backlash due to Germany supporting France in its military campaign against Isis.
Fight against Isis
A Bundeswehr (German army) Tornado aircraft taking off from the Jagel airbase in Schleswig-Holstein in 2013. Photo: DPA
Update: A Leading German MP confirmed that the country will offer military aid to France in the fight against Isis in Syria, following a promise by Chancellor Angela Merkel during a visit to Paris on Wednesday.
The Bundeswehr on operation in Mali. Photo: DPA
Germany will send up to 650 soldiers to Mali, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday, to provide some relief to France in its global fight against Isis jihadists.
Soldiers from the Bundeswehr (German army) on a training exercise. Photo: DPA
Soldiers from the Bundeswehr (German army) might be called on to support police inside Germany as a precautionary measure against terrorist attacks, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Tuesday.
Paris terror attacks
Soldiers from the Bundeswehr (German army) on exercise in 2014. Photo: DPA
Germany will provide "help and support" to France, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday as Paris called for military assistance from fellow EU nations.
This Week in History
Soldiers performed the traditional German "Grand Tattoo" before the Reichstag on Tuesday evening. Photo: DPA
The German army has had a checkered history, to say the least – so much so that in 1955, it didn't actually exist at all. But 60 years ago on November 12th, the German Bundeswehr was born as a new kind of army for a new kind of state.
A doctor in Liberia during the Ebola crisis. File photo: DPA
The German army spent €39 million on a five-month mission in west Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic. The number of victims it actually treated? Zero.
The Defence ministry is considering expanding the Bundeswehr's (German Army) mission in north Mali.
The Eurofighter Typhoon. Photo: DPA
The German defence ministry has suspended orders of new Eurofighter Typhoon jets after finding further flaws in the troubled and expensive warplane.
A German soldier trains a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter to use an MG3 machine gun made in Germany. Photo: DPA
The commander of Germany's mission to train Kurdish troops in northern Iraq died suddenly on Wednesday, the Bundeswehr (German army) said.
German navy ship Hyena pictured leaving harbour in Warnemünde in 2010. Photo: DPA
UPDATE: Germany plans to expand its naval operations against human traffickers as part of an EU mission in the Mediterranean,
Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet decided Wednesday.
Soldiers with the G36. Photo: DPA
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on Tuesday that the government will scrap the G36, the Bundeswehr's (German army) standard rifle, following revelations about serious defects in its accuracy.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Afghanistan on Sunday. Photo:DPA
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that German friendship with Afghanistan had "no end date" as he visited Kabul under tight security on Sunday.