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Denmark's military officers stand next to a Leopard 2A7 tank at the Tapa Military Camp, in Estonia, Jan. 19, 2023.

Tanks for Ukraine are 'ready to go' when Germany and US strike a deal, retired Navy Adm. says

As Germany faces mounting pressure to supply tanks to Kyiv for the ongoing war in Ukraine, retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis talks with The World's host Marco Werman about what the delivery of heavy weapons could mean for the war.

Tanks for Ukraine are 'ready to go' when Germany and US strike a deal, retired Navy Adm. says
Parliament buildings over looks the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oct. 28, 2022. 

State reformation: Part I

State reformation: Part I
An F/A-18 E launches from the deck during flight training ops aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, off the Virginia Coast.

Left unresolved: Part II

Left unresolved: Part II
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Revealed: Untold story of the CIA/Stasi double agent abandoned after 22 years of service

Revealed: Untold story of the CIA/Stasi double agent abandoned after 22 years of service
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, as French President Emmanuel Macron, looks on before a meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine

Many Germans fear 'active participation in war' as country increases military aid to Ukraine

Many Germans fear 'active participation in war' as country increases military aid to Ukraine
A general view of a G7 leaders meeting with outreach guests as part of the working session of the G7 leaders summit, Kruen, Germany

NATO to boost reaction force, Ukraine support

As Western leaders come together for a series of meetings, NATO says it plans to increase the number of its rapid reaction forces, and that allies will agree to deliver further military support to Ukraine when they convene on Tuesday in Spain.

NATO to boost reaction force, Ukraine support
Port cranes load a climate friendly LNG, liquefied natural gas, powered container ship at the import and export harbor in Hamburg, Germany

Europe’s new liquified gas infrastructure puts climate targets in question

In a race to stop buying Russian natural gas, European countries are building new infrastructure that many fear could lead to a fossil-fuel “lock-in.” Germany houses six of the nearly dozen liquified natural gas import facilities across Europe.

Europe’s new liquified gas infrastructure puts climate targets in question
The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra rehearses at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Poland, the day before the premiere performance of the "Voice of Ukraine" tour that took them to nine cities across Poland and Germany

The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra fights on the war's 'cultural front'

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense granted special permission for the male musicians to leave the country, calculating that the world will be more motivated to protect Ukraine if it sees its culture as something precious and worth saving.

The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra fights on the war's 'cultural front'
A train passes by Republika Power Plant in town of Pernik, Bulgaria, April 21, 2022. The only nuclear power plant, generating over a third of Bulgaria’s electricity, runs on uranium from Russia.

EU proposes oil ban after bloc’s largest economy drops opposition

Germany has now been able to slash its dependence on Russian oil since the war in Ukraine started in February. But Hungary and Slovakia — still heavily reliant on Russian oil — still oppose the deal.

EU proposes oil ban after bloc’s largest economy drops opposition
In the small seaside town of Lubmin, on the Baltic coast, the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia hits German soil. But the shiny new pipes sit unused since Germany canceled the project in February.

As Germany reckons with Russian energy, this village is caught in the crossroads

In the small seaside town of Lubmin, the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia hits German soil. Germany canceled the gas project in February, but officials say they won’t be able to completely turn off the taps of Russian gas for years. 

As Germany reckons with Russian energy, this village is caught in the crossroads
line of dancers in front of a church

In Germany, dancing is banned on 'silent' religious holidays, including Good Friday

Whether the state should be involved in telling individuals what they should and shouldn’t do on their days off has been hotly disputed in parts of the country.

In Germany, dancing is banned on 'silent' religious holidays, including Good Friday
Volunteers waiting for refugees from Ukraine stand at information desks at the main train station in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, March 15, 2022. 

Ukraine’s LGBTQ community finds refuge in Berlin

At least 10 Berlin organizations are working together to provide new arrivals with information on where to access LGBTQ-friendly accommodation, legal advice and health care. 

Ukraine’s LGBTQ community finds refuge in Berlin
A Russian armoured fighting vehicle

Germans turn down the heat, drive less and take cold showers to use less Russian energy 

Pressure is heating up inside Germany, with vocal politicians and the public calling for a complete embargo on Russian fossil fuels. 

Germans turn down the heat, drive less and take cold showers to use less Russian energy 
Long exposure photo shows cars and trucks driving on a highway in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. 

The company and the state: Part II

As Russia continues to bombard Ukraine, Germany continues to buy natural gas from Russia, citing domestic need. Critical State, a weekly foreign policy newsletter, takes a deep dive this week into how and why countries trade with their enemies during war.

The company and the state: Part II
People walk past a currency exchange office screen displaying the exchange rates of U.S. Dollar and Euro to Russian Rubles in Moscow's downtown, Russia

Ruble plummets as sanctions bite, sending Russians to banks

The Russian ruble has fallen about 30% after Western nations placed sanctions against the government over its invasion of neighboring Ukraine, prompting anxious Russian citizens to withdraw their money from ATMs.

Ruble plummets as sanctions bite, sending Russians to banks