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25 years ago, Joshua’s trumpet sounded and the Berlin Wall fell


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A quarter century ago, the Joshua trumpet of freedom sounded and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Naturally, this allegory was slightly more complicated as the epic political events which […]

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Germany subsidizes sale to Israel of world’s most advanced non-nuclear submarine

Dolphin Mk-2 electric-diesel submarine.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has acquired its most advanced submarine. On Sept. 23, the Israel Navy took delivery of the Dolphin Mk-2 electric-diesel submarine from Germany. The platform, produced by ThyssenKrupp Systems, was said to represent unprecedented […]

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Germany to send armored vehicles, assault rifles to Kurdish forces

G-36 assault rifle

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany has announced arms shipments to the Kurdish Regional Government. The Berlin government has agreed to send a range of weapons and munitions to KRG forces in northern Iraq. The German Defense Ministry said the […]

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Germany blocks tech exports to Turkey

German Deputy Prime Minister Sigmar Gabriel

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany has decided to restrict security exports to Turkey. The German government announced restrictions on surveillance technology to Ankara amid reports of civil and human rights abuses. Officials said Turkey was blocking access to the […]

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Earthquake in the Eurozone: High turnout in European Parliament vote driven by anger

Marine Le Pen

Special to WorldTribune.com Charles de Gaulle once said: “Europe is France and Germany. Everything else is just the garnishes.” … While France rocked the Continent with a triumph for Marine Le Pen and her anti-EU National Front, German Chancellor Angela […]

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Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

Germany's Leopard-2A7 main battle tank

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 […]

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Israel improves defense ties with top European ally Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gesture during a joint press conference at the King David hotel in Jerusalem, Feb. 25.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Germany and Israel have pledged to enhance defense and security cooperation. In a joint statement, the governments of Berlin and Jerusalem said the two countries would develop defense research and technology. The statement, which ended […]

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German diplomats in Saudi Arabia survive assassination attempt by Shi’ite insurgents


Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has reported a suspected Shi’ite attack on Westerners. Officials said two German diplomats survived a shooting attack in the Shi’ite town of Awamiya on Jan. 13. Awamiya, located in the oil-rich Eastern […]

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GREATEST HITS 2013: While Obamcare stuns the U.S., ‘leading from behind’ unravels world peace


Sol W. Sanders   Originally published Oct. 28, 2013 The U.S. is transfixed by the Obama administration’s massively bungled attempt to nationalize one sixth of the economy, the health welfare system. But the rest of the world watches the slow […]

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Israel buying German destroyers to protect oil assets in Mediterranean

A German Navy frigate, the F-219 Sacsen, test fires an SM-2 Block IIIA in 2011.  /German Navy

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com LONDON — Israel has been preparing to purchase naval combat vessels from Germany. A leading German daily said Berlin has agreed to an Israeli request for two naval destroyers. The newspaper, Bild, reported the cost of […]

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