Thomas de Maiziere (Front 2nd L), German Minister of Defence bows as he thanks an Afghan man for the traditional cloak he received while visiting the Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan with Mohammed Atta Noor (2nd Row C) ,Governor of the Afghan province Balch,on November 13, 2012. During his two-day surprise visit to Afghanistan De Maiziere visited the German troops and met with his Afghan counterpart for discussions on security issues. AFP PHOTO / POOL/ OLIVER LANG
Nancy Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere attend the Henry A. Kissinger Prize 2013 award at the American Academy in Berlin on June 10, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
Actor Christian Berkel, actress Andrea Sawatzki, Martina de Maiziere and German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere attend the 2012 Bundespresseball (Federal Press Ball) at the Intercontinental Hotel on November 23, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.
German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere arrives with commission chairwoman Susanne Kastner to testify at the Bundestag commission hearings over the Euro Hawk defense contract on July 31, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The German government cancelled the military drone project, which has already consumed EUR 562 million (USD 739 million) due to complications with domestic flight certification. The parliament is expected to interview military and government officials as well as senior executives from Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS), producers of the drones, on the matter before reporting its results in September. The affair has put pressure on German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere prior to federal elections scheduled for September.
Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich (L) and Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere arrive for a reception at the Residenz on March 3, 2011 in Munich, Germany. The IOC's Evaluation Commission will visit Munich's Olympic venues and sites associated with their 2018 bid.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere speaks at the annual convention of the Labour Union of Police (Gewerkschaft der Polizei) on November 22, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. De Maiziere recently announced that Islamic terrorists are planning attacks on German territory to take place towards the end of November. The entire country is on high alert, and speculation has centered around a possible attack on the Reichstag in Berlin, seat of the German parliament, especially after the cupola was closed to the public today.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (CDU) gives a speech during the 17th European Police Congress on February 18, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The 'European Police Congress' is an international platform for decision makers from police forces and security authorities.