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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. [The Council of European Union]
Global Europe 22-08-2014

Germany debates role of Bundestag in approving arms shipments to Iraq

The German government has announced its intention to send weapons to northern Iraq to support the offensive against radical Islamist forces, but the move has sparked debate over the Bundestag's participation in such decisions. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Ministers Alexander Dobrindt, Thomas de Maizière, Sigmar Gabriel (left to right) met in Berlin Wednesday (20 August) to present the German government's new "Digital Agenda". [Kristian Fetz]

German digital agenda is ‘better late than never’

On Wednesday (20 August) the German government passed its first "Digital Agenda 2014-2017" bill, aimed at helping Germany become a worldwide leader in expanding high-speed data lines, internet security and fostering cyber-related entrepreneurship. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel. Brussels 2014 [The Council of the European Union]
Trade & Society 20-08-2014

German government pushes for ‘Europeanisation’ of arms industry

On Tuesday (19 August) Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's Minister of Economic Affairs, announced his intention to accelerate consolidation and Europeanisation of Germany's arms industry. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen speaks in Berlin. 2014 [Sebastian Wilke/Medien Bundeswehr/Flickr]
Global Europe 03-07-2014

German defence minister backs ‘European armed drone’

Procurement of so-called fighter drones to protect German armed forces remains controversial, but Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has finally disclosed her plans for the aircraft: The German military should receive drones, she said, but these can only be deployed with parliamentary approval. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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