German Parliament To Debate US Nuclear Withdrawal

A resolution introduced in the German Parliament last week calls for the withdrawal of U.S. nuclear weapons from Germany. The resolution, which was submitted by nine parliamentarians from the newly formed party Die Linken, also calls for the German Air Force to end its controversial NATO mission to deliver U.S. nuclear bombs in times of war.

The U.S. Air Force currently has some 440 nuclear bombs in Europe deployed at eight bases in six NATO countries. About 76 percent of Germans favor a withdrawal, but NATO insists the weapons provide a crucial bond between Europe and the United States.

NATO’s defense ministers are set to meet in Taormina, Italy, on February 9-10 for an informal meeting. Nuclear weapons are not on the agenda.

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  1. Hans Kristensen February 10, 2006 at 5:14 pm #

    Regardless of what one may think about former defense minister Rupert Scholz’s call for a German nuclear bomb, it helped trigger the first statement by the new German government on nuclear weapons policy:

    German Ex-Minister’s Call for A-Bomb Sparks Outrage

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