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Most Germans won’t feel unsafe if US troops leave, have little faith in their own army – poll

Three-quarters of Germans say that a US troop pullout won’t leave them defenseless, but almost as many believe their own army would be of little effect, a poll found, amid reports that Washington may move its assets to Poland.

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Chancellor Who Refused to Follow US Into Iraq Says Berlin Can’t Let Itself Be Pulled Into Iran Folly

Earlier, key European powers Germany, France and the UK appeared to snub Washington’s requests for them to join a US-led mission against “Iranian aggression” in the Persian Gulf, with the three countries signaling support for a European-led security effort to “protect” commercial vessels operating in the region instead.

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Germany won’t take part in US Strait of Hormuz initiative – FM

Germany will refuse to take part in a US-led maritime mission in the Strait of Hormuz, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced. Maas said that there “cannot be a military solution” to the current crisis in the Persian Gulf.

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As Billions Pumped Into Restructuring, Deutsche Bank Suffers Biggest Quarterly Loss Since 2015

Deutsche’s net income also dropped by over 40 percent to €231 million in the second quarter, year-on-year – the lender is predicted to report a full-year loss for 2019. Deutsche shares fell 2.4 percent in response to the results.

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Fall of empire? German businesses find China a more trustworthy partner than US or Britain

China has managed to outperform the US and the UK in a German ranking of the world’s most reliable trade partners, compiled from the latest survey of 2,000 German companies by Frankfurt-based Commerzbank.

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German MEP: ‘Our Main Task: Make Germany Sovereign State, Free From EU Chains!’

While the European Parliament elections are approaching with stakes being high, German MEP and former chairman of the National Democratic Party (NPD) Udo Voigt has spoken about the party’s plans for the next legislative term, as well as its priorities and concerns.

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Germany’s Intelligence Agency Says Cooperation With Austria ‘Risky’ – Reports

A massive political scandal involving Austria’s Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has erupted, promoting the senior official to resign.

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Germany Plans to Cut Military Budget in Spite of US Calls to Reach NATO Target

Berlin’s failure to meet the alliance’s agreement to spend 2% of GDP on defence has been a source of tension between Germany and the US. Angela Merkel earlier pledged to boost military spending up to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2024. But the budget plan, introduced in Berlin, suggests that the expenditures will be decreasing […]

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US Envoy to Germany Threatens Nord Stream 2 Firms With Sanctions AGAIN

Washington has repeatedly threatened to impose sanctions on all parties related to or working on Nord Stream 2, with President Donald Trump accusing Germany of being a “captive” of Russia and urging Berlin to halt its cooperation on the $11-billion project.

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Mexico, Germany Oppose Interventionist Scenarios in Venezuela – FMs

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Mexico and Germany oppose any scenario of military intervention in Venezuela, believing that it would lead to catastrophic consequences, the two countries’ foreign ministers said at the joint press conference on Thursday.

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Soft Occupation | Investigating America’s influence on German politics

IInvestigative journalist Jurij Kofner is a German citizen. To question the extent to which his country’s policy decisions are influenced by America’s agenda, he explores Germany’s post-war history to understand how relations with the US were formed. He also looks into the dynamics of the two countries’ cooperation under the umbrella of NATO.  Today, […]

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US Losing Global Leadership Role to Russia, China and Iran, German Media Claims

Earlier, speaking at the Munich Security Conference over the weekend, US Vice President Mike Pence boasted about “renewed American leadership on the world stage,” while talking up sanctions against Russia, tough tariffs against China, ‘confrontation’ with Iran, and US intentions to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

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German investments in Russia highest in decade despite Western sanctions

Investments by German businesses in the Russian economy exceeded €3 billion in 2018, marking the highest level since before the financial crisis more than a decade ago, according to the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce.

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Berlin’s ambassador in Washington attempts to defend Russian energy majors from US sanctions

The German Ambassador to the United States has asked the US Congress to hold back new sanctions against two of Russia’s biggest gas corporations, as further penalties may put energy security of the European Union in jeopardy.

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US-Germany Rift Set To Blow

This is going to get very ugly. Germany is openly defying US President Trump’s demands to spend more on its NATO budget. Already the American ambassador to the country is crying foul, prompting German calls for his expulsion. Of all the countries in the European Union, it is Germany that’s been mostly on the receiving […]

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