Germany asks US for classified briefing on Lockheed’s F-35 fighter

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN, May 17 : The German Air Force this month sent the US military a written request for classified data on the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet as it gears up to replace its current fleet of fighter jets from 2025 to 2035. The letter, sent by the Air Force’s planning […]

Possible warship delay compounds issues facing German military

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN, May 16 : The German defence ministry announced a possible delay in another big arms programme today, marking a further setback for a military already faced with a probe into right-wing radicalism in its ranks. State Secretary Ralf Brauksiepe told lawmakers it was unclear if a 1.5 billion-euro purchase of five […]

Germany’s BSI says more German companies affected by cyber attacks

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN, May 15 : The German federal cyber agency, BSI, today said it was aware of additional German institutions affected by the WannaCry “ransomware” cyber attack beyond those companies already known, and it expected additional variants of the virus to surface. BSI President Arne Schoenbohm urged companies hit by the virus to […]

Traffic jams, break-ins could cost Germany’s SPD key state vote

By Joseph Nasr BERLIN, May 14 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are hoping to unseat the ruling Social Democrats (SPD) in an election today in the country’s most populous state, the final electoral test for both parties before a federal vote in September. The Christian Democrats (CDU) want to seize upon anger among the […]

German economic growth picks up speed, good news for Merkel

By Michael Nienaber BERLIN, May 12 : – The German economy defied increased political risks and picked up speed in the first quarter of 2017 as companies invested more, consumers and the state continued to spend and exports soared despite the threat of rising protectionism. Europe’s biggest economy grew by 0.6 percent in the quarter […]

SPD fighting to hang onto power in key state election

By Michelle Martin HERNE, Germany, May 10 : Just a few years ago, Germany’s Social Democrats were pinning their hopes on Hannelore Kraft as their answer to Angela Merkel. Now Kraft is struggling just to stay on as a regional leader and hopes of her party unseating the chancellor are fading fast. Kraft, whose name […]