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The real roots of Germany’s defense spending problem

The 1970s were a decade of anti-war movements. Willy Brandt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his détente policy toward the Eastern Bloc – and West German defense spending peaked at 3.13 percent of GDP in 1975. Clearly, those days are long gone.

Arms race for space

In the 1950s, the US raced to dominate space - to launch objects, and people, into the unknown - hoping to show off its technological superiority. In 2016, they are preparing for a space war.

Nuclear threat at highest level since Cold War

President Donald Trump threatened the “total destruction’” of North Korea if the nation’s “Rocket man” leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons.

Is Warsaw prepared to face EU consequences?

The European Union executive holds only limited leverage to stop ruling nationalists eroding the rule of law in Poland.

Separatist turn to conquering all of Ukraine

Separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday proclaimed a new state that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the rest of the country.

Should the EU keep the door open to Balkan members?

Italy warned that the European Union must keep its doors open to eventual membership for Western Balkan countries.

Why do 71 nations don’t want to ban nuclear weapons?

To loud applause, Elayne Whyte Gomez, president of the UN conference that has been negotiating the legally binding treaty, announced the results of the “historic” vote — 122 nations in favor, the Netherlands opposed, and Singapore abstaining.

Here’s why Britain can’t count on Donald Trump

President Donald Trump is breaking with tradition by visiting Poland, an ex-communist country in central Europe, before making a presidential visit to longtime allies Britain, France or Germany.

Is Israel joining Syria’s proxy ‘world’ war openly?

Israeli aircraft struck various positions in Syria, destroying two tanks.

US military shoots down Iranian-made drone in Syria

It's the third time this month that that the US has downed aircraft affiliated with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

Is the world really a better place these days?

Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016.

Russia warns US after Syrian warplane downed, cancels hotline

Moscow has only once before suspended the hotline, which was established in October 2015 to prevent conflict between the different forces operating in Syrian airspace.

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