Military coup in Mali – solidarity is not enough: Following a second coup, the West African country of Mali threatens to become a negative example of European security policy. The troop reinforcement by French President Macron at the beginning of the year has neither improved security nor halted the collapse of the state. The German government, which is involved in military and development missions, left it to Paris to take responsibility. But the louder the French threats to withdraw grow, the more Berlin will be required to take a stand. Solidarity will not be enough in the future, Germany must explain which strategy it wants to pursue in Mali.
Political scientist Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook to stir up German foreign policy: So far, German security policy has been very male-dominated; German-American political scientist Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook is changing that. Ashbrook learned her trade in the United States. She taught and worked for a long time at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where there has been a long-lived connection between science and politics. She did research, organized conferences and provided policy advice. From June 2021, she will take over the position of Director and CEO of the German Society for Foreign Policy.
Violent protests in Colombia – several dead: Colombian President Ivan Duque vowed to deploy the „maximum“ number of military personnel in the western province of Valle del Cauca after several people died in protests in the region on Friday. The deaths occurred in and around the city of Cali as tens of thousands demonstrated across the country in the latest round of protests that first emerged on April 28. At least 49 people are now thought to have died during the weeks of unrest.
Escalation in the Middle East and anti-Semitism in Berlin: The conflict in Gaza and Israel has also had an impact on Germany. In Berlin in particular, anti-Semitic slogans could be heard at some protests. In addition, there have been insults and attacks on Jews all over Germany. Some Jewish citizens speak up with concern, but there are also many people who take the initiative, demonstrate peacefully and show solidarity. The “meet2respect” project, in which a rabbi and an imam talk together about religion and peaceful coexistence, visits school classes in order to educate, mediate and point out positive role models.
Nuclear conflict with North Korea: German defense minister promises aid to South Korea n-tv.de
War in Ethiopia: UN warns of famine in Tigray spiegel.de
Arms industry: Arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch is making profit sueddeutsche.de
Belarus conflict: Putin supports Lukashenko dw.com
Protest in Colombia: President Iván Duque sends military to Cali bbc.com
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The operational readiness of 71 main weapon systems of the German military is now at 76 percent, after 70 percent in the previous year.
Afghan interpreters and families allowed to settle in UK as security situation worsens: Thousands of Afghans who worked for the British military, mostly as interpreters, are to be resettled in the UK. More than 3,000 will relocate in the coming months as fears for their safety grow with international troops preparing to leave the country. The defense ministry said that under the terms of the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (Arap), Afghan staff who worked for the UK government will see their applications to settle in Britain “rapidly accelerated”. Defense secretary Ben Wallace added it was “only right” to do so due to interpreters being at risk of reprisals from the Taliban.
NATO limits access to headquarters for diplomats from Belarus because of Ryanair incident: The forced landing of a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius earlier this month by Belarus to arrest a dissident journalist caused outrage in the West. Personnel at Belarus‘ diplomatic mission to NATO will have their access restricted at the alliance’s headquarters, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, following the forced landing of the passenger plane by Minsk. Belarus is not a member of NATO but has had ties with the military alliance since 1992 following the fall of the Soviet Union, and has maintained a diplomatic mission to NATO since 1998. Belarusian personnel can attend seminars and meetings at NATO and in NATO countries as part of a cooperation partnership that tackles issues such as arms control and military education.
Doubts about German deployment in Mali: After the second coup by the military in Mali, Germany is questioning the deployment of its Bundeswehr in the West African crisis country. „If the officers trained by Germany, among others, become putschists in Mali and are ready to work with Islamists, our training mission as part of the fight against terrorism will become a farce,“ said Norbert Röttgen, foreign policy expert of the CDU. Only a few weeks before the coup did the parliament extend the mandates for the military to participate in two missions in Mali.
„I would like to say that we as Turkey have the necessary will to do so, and I am glad to see the same will in Greece.“
Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Cavusoglu on a visit to Athens.
Republicans prepare for Donald Trump’s return: Trump’s supporters and fans just don’t want to give up. In some US states, Republicans tightened electoral laws to make it more difficult for Democrats to vote, in the hopes that Trump will return to the White House.