Friday, 2 December, 2022

Topic: Germany

Germany committed to Indo-Pacific but a bit preoccupied with Ukraine, says envoy Ackermann

In an interview to ThePrint, Philipp Ackermann said India does see Ukraine crisis as a violation of international law & order as it is experiencing the same issue on its 'northern border'.

NATO powers, Quad, Five Eyes, ASEAN—China’s rise is forcing nations to unionise

Pitch Black 2022, Australian Air Force’s biennial warfare exercise, stands out for an unusual display of enthusiasm by two EU powers, France and Germany.

Modi and Trudeau talk security & trade in first bilateral meeting since 2018 debacle

Modi met Canadian counterpart Trudeau on sidelines of G7 Summit in Germany. The Khalistan issue, a major irritant in ties, was discussed under the larger umbrella of counterterrorism. 

Belarus surpasses Germany as major exporter to sanction-stricken Russia

Due to sanctions, Belarus is the prime beneficiary of exports to Russia. In April, value of exports surged more than 100%.

Russia-Ukraine war pushes Germany to shed fiscal prudence, country doubles defence budget

‘Turning point’: After months of negotiation with opposition parties, the German government reached a deal Sunday to increase defence spending to Euro 100 billion.

With EU trying to move away from Russia & China, Modi’s visit is India’s chance to boost ties

Modi's trip saw first instance of joint statement involving India mentioning Russia for Ukraine invasion, though it came from Germany’s perspective. Europe sees it as ‘big shift’.

India, Germany can’t feel guilt about Russia ties. Modi’s Europe trip is in national interest

Modi's trip to Germany, Denmark, France is an opportunity to meet key European leaders and exchange notes about the consequences of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

In a bid to isolate Russia, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to invite PM Modi to G7 summit

Scholz was undecided on Modi’s invitation until a few weeks ago given the prime minister’s reluctance to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine, trade, defence & energy security to dominate PM’s Europe trip agenda

In Germany, Denmark and France, Modi will be looking to give a push to the long-pending India-EU free trade agreement, defence cooperation & energy security in wake of the Ukraine war.

Delhi a strategic partner for Berlin within Indo-Pacific framework, says German minister

Tobias Lindner, Minister of State, Federal Foreign Office, Germany, says Berlin will seek to take bilateral ties with Delhi to the next level during PM Modi’s visit next week.

On Camera


File photo of Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan | ANI

Arif Mohammad Khan vs Kerala govt isn’t a new faceoff. Old cases show Governor wears two hats

Under UGC provisions, a search committee is appointed to find suitable candidates for the V-C post. Governors make their selection from among these names.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.


A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.