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June 2021 - Germany Special Weapons News
- Foreign Secretary signs landmark Joint Declaration with Germany UK FCDO 30 Jun 2021 -- The UK has signed a Joint Declaration with Germany pledging closer future cooperation on foreign and security policy.
- European Troops Return Home From Afghanistan As U.S. 'Days Away' From Completing Pullout RFE/RL Gandhara 30 Jun 2021 -- The last German, Italian, and North Macedonian troops have returned home from Afghanistan, bringing their nearly two-decade deployment to a close as part of an accelerated withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-wracked country.
- Germany signs on for Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft Boeing 30 Jun 2021 -- The German Ministry of Defense today signed a letter of offer and acceptance for five Boeing (NYSE:BA) P-8A Poseidon aircraft under the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. With this order, Germany becomes the eighth customer of the multimission maritime surveillance aircraft, joining the United States, Australia, India, the United Kingdom, Norway, Korea and New Zealand.
- U.S., German Leaders Talk at Pentagon, Visit Carrier in Norfolk DoD News 30 Jun 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III welcomed German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to the Pentagon and discussed the many ways U.S. and German service members work together to preserve peace and international order.
- U.S., German Leaders Talk at Pentagon, Visit Carrier in Norfolk DoD News 30 Jun 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III
- Remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III with German Federal Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer DoD 30 Jun 2021
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Meeting With German Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer DoD 30 Jun 2021
- Belarus Orders Two German Educational Institutions To Halt Work RFE/RL 30 Jun 2021 -- Germany has deplored Belarus's decision to demand an end to all activities of two prominent German educational institutions after the European Union imposed economic sanctions on Belarus.
- Germany, Italy Complete Troop Exit From Afghanistan VOA 30 Jun 2021 -- Germany and Italy have removed their last remaining soldiers from Afghanistan, ending almost two decades of deployment to the war-torn country alongside U.S. and other coalition troops.
- Germany Removes All Troops From Afghanistan, Ends Near 20-Year Military Stay Sputnik 29 Jun 2021 -- Ahead of the confirmation, German officials had mostly kept mum on details stemming from the troop removal process, with Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer previously telling reporters that withdrawal procedures were being conducted in an orderly manner.
- Joint Statement on the Ministerial Meeting on Syria US Dept. of State 28 Jun 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States, Italy, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and representatives of the League of Arab States and European Union, which met today to discuss the crisis in Syria.
- Bundestag Speaker Warns Of 'Great' Danger Of Outside Meddling In German Elections RFE/RL 26 Jun 2021 -- The speaker of the German parliament, Wolfgang Schaeuble, has expressed concern over the threat of foreign actors trying to influence elections to the Bundestag, scheduled for late September.
- EU Leaders Reject Putin Summit; Defend LGBT Rights VOA 25 Jun 2021 -- On the first day of its summit in Brussels, the 27-member European Union failed to agree to terms for proposed an EU-Russia summit, and sharply debated Hungary's new LGBT legislation.
- In Heated Clash, EU Leaders Tell Hungary To Respect LGBT Rights Or Leave RFE/RL 25 Jun 2021 -- European Union leaders say they have told Hungary to respect LGBT rights or leave the bloc, as tempers flared in a confrontation with Prime Minister Viktor Orban over his country's new law banning schools from using materials that could be seen as promoting homosexuality.
- Engage or Disengage? EU leaders Divided on Russia VOA 24 Jun 2021 -- European Union leaders seeking a common stance toward Russia during talks in Brussels on Thursday and Friday are instead divided over a French-German proposal to reset relations with Moscow, including a possible EU-Russia summit.
- Blinken Warns That Nord Stream 2 Could Be 'Coercivie Tool' Against Europe RFE/RL 24 Jun 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reiterated warnings about the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline during meetings in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on June 23.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the Launch of the U.S.-Germany Dialogue on Holocaust Issues with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas US Dept. of State 24 Jun 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas Opening Remarks at a Youth Outreach Event US Dept. of State 24 Jun 2021
- Merkel Says Germany Should Expect More Virus Variants to Emerge Sputnik 23 Jun 2021 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that more coronavirus variants will likely emerge before the world is vaccinated as she called for a cautious reopening.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at a Joint Press Availability US Dept. of State 23 Jun 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 23 Jun 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with German Chancellor Merkel US Dept. of State 23 Jun 2021
- Germany Arrests Russian University Researcher On Suspicion Of Espionage RFE/RL 21 Jun 2021 -- Germany's authorities say they have arrested a Russian citizen accused of passing sensitive information from a German university to Moscow in return for cash.
- French, German Leaders Urge Vigilance Against COVID-19 Variants VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron urged European Union countries Friday to be vigilant against the spread of new coronavirus variants and called for the bloc to coordinate its COVID-19 border reopening policies.
- Deputy Secretary Sherman's Meeting with German State Secretary Berger US Dept. of State 17 Jun 2021
- Germany Pulls Military Unit From Lithuania Amid Racism, Harassment Allegations VOA 16 Jun 2021 -- Germany on Wednesday withdrew a platoon of its forces from Lithuania amid charges of serious misconduct.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Meeting With Euro Quad: France, Germany, and the U.K. DoD 15 Jun 2021
- Iran Nuclear Talks Resume; German Foreign Minister Urges 'Flexibility, Pragmatism' RFE/RL 12 Jun 2021 -- Negotiators from Iran and five world powers have resumed talks to try and revive the landmark deal that curtailed Tehran's nuclear programs but was later put in doubt when U.S. President Donald Trump's administration abandoned it.
- Germany Introduces CovPass Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate VOA 10 Jun 2021 -- German health officials Thursday introduced that nation's version of the digital COVID-19 vaccination pass, a smart phone app that will allow fully vaccinated Germans a simple way to prove their status.
- Berlin Urged to Speed Up Resettlement of Afghans Who Worked for Military Amid Fears of Retribution Sputnik 09 Jun 2021 -- As the United States and NATO forces continue to pull out of the country, the Taliban says people who worked for foreign forces in Afghanistan will be safe as long as they show "remorse" and should not leave the war-ravaged country.
- Blinken Say U.S. Working With Germany To Mitigate Adverse Impact Of Nord Stream 2 Pipeline RFE/RL 08 Jun 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Washington is working with Germany to try to mitigate any adverse effects of the completion of the Russian Nord Stream 2 natural-gas pipeline.
- Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's telephone conversation with Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic Jean-Yves Le Drian and Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Heiko Maas Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 07 Jun 2021
- Germany In Talks To Make Ukraine 'Whole' For Losses From Russian Pipeline, Blinken Says RFE/RL 07 Jun 2021 -- Germany is discussing ways to compensate Ukraine for the financial loss it will suffer from the completion of a controversial Russian natural-gas pipeline backed by Berlin, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has told Congress.
- German Domestic Intelligence Chief Warns Of Increased Russian Activity RFE/RL 06 Jun 2021 -- Russian intelligence activity in Germany has significantly increased and now reached Cold War levels, Berlin's top domestic intelligence chief warned.
- Man Who Would be German Chancellor Faces Stiff Electoral Test VOA 05 Jun 2021 -- Armin Laschet, who hopes to succeed Angela Merkel as Germany's chancellor, has been compared to a traditional child's toy - a wooden figure on a round base that, when touched, wobbles but stays upright.
- Putin announce completion of key section of Nord Stream 2 despite US opposition Press TV 04 Jun 2021 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the completion of the first line of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany despite US attempts to prevent the project.
- Putin Says First Line Of Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Complete RFE/RL 04 Jun 2021 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that laying the pipes for the first of two lines of the prospective Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany has now been "successfully completed."
- Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's and Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh's Meetings with German Counterparts The White House 02 Jun 2021
- Germany says Taiwan-BioNTech negotiations out of its hands CNA 02 Jun 2021 -- Germany's top envoy to Taiwan on Wednesday said whether Taiwan and Germany's BioNTech can reach a deal on COVID-19 vaccines is out of the hands of his government, even if the government is doing its best to facilitate an agreement.
- G7 Ministers' Statement on the UN General Assembly Special Session Against Corruption US Dept. of State 02 Jun 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the G7 ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union.
- Berlin Stresses Importance of Preservation of Ukrainian Transit Along With Nord Stream 2 Sputnik 02 Jun 2021 -- The German government considers the preservation of Ukrainian transit along with the operation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project to be very important, the German Foreign Ministry said, commenting on Moscow's statement about interest in this route of Russian gas deliveries.
- European countries urge explanation on alleged U.S. spying on Merkel, officials People's Daily 02 Jun 2021 -- European countries demanded the United States and Denmark for an explanation as soon as possible on reports that the U.S. intelligence agency had used Danish infrastructure to spy on senior European officials, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Germany, U.S. Discuss Nord Stream 2 In Washington, Berlin Says RFE/RL 01 Jun 2021 -- Germany and the United States are holding talks in Washington to try to settle a dispute over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters on June 1.
- Macron urges "clarity" over alleged U.S. spying on Merkel, others People's Daily 01 Jun 2021 -- French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that all must be clarified concerning reports that the United States intelligence agency had used the Danish infrastructure to spy on senior European officials, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Wiretapping scandal: Merkel, Macron want US, Denmark to explain spying on allies Press TV 01 Jun 2021 -- With the emergence of a controversial report that Washington had over the years spied on its allies in the European continent, with help from Danish intelligence service, two leading European powers, France and Germany, are now demanding explanations from the United States and Denmark over the scandal.
- White House: US to Explain Spying on EU Leaders Via Security Channels With Allies Sputnik 01 Jun 2021 -- The United States will address the issue of spying on the European leaders, including the German chancellor Angela Merkel, and Denmark's role in it through the national security channels with its allies, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday.
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