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Berlin SPD wants to stop the German army-advertising in schools

The German armed forces is looking for new talent and send soldiers into the schools. The Berlin SPD wants to ban this "advertising" now. The decision provides for massive criticism - even within his own party.

The Berlin SPD wants to let the armed forces do not more to the schools of the city for new talent to advertise. The have decided to the social-Democrats at their state Convention on the weekend. Opposition came from the Federal Ministry of defence and SPD politician Thomas Oppermann.

"Prone to military Propaganda"

"It says military organizations, to advertise at the Berlin schools for the service and work in the military sphere", - stated in the Text. The application aims that this formulation in the school is supplemented law for the state of Berlin. Minors must be in an age in which the Central life - and the value of ideas yet to develop. "Accordingly, susceptible you are to military Propaganda and ignorance to the real dangers of a military operation," reads the notice.

criticism from the Ministry of defence

The defense Ministry criticized the decision of the Berlin SPD. The Bundeswehr is a parliamentary army, and I have a constitutional order, - said the speaker. In this context, visits by youth were officers and career advisers in schools. "We currently have official around 70 main and 270 in addition to the official so-called youth officers in the armed forces."

they went at the invitation of the schools and explained in the classroom the mission and tasks of the Bundeswehr. "You tell the students what operation soldiers in the Base and in use." In the past year, there have been 5800 events with 117.000 students.

youth officers to go on invitation to the schools and explain the mission and tasks of the Bundeswehr.

"slap in the face to all the soldiers,"

defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen described the decision and the grounds as a "slap in the face to all the soldiers". "You keep each time you use the head that in Germany, peace and freedom prevail," said the CDU politician. "That's why there must be no space in this society, in this performance, ignored and belittled."


SPD Federal party: not understanding

Also, the SPD Federal party opposed the move by the social Democrats of Berlin. "Youth officers make no ads," said SPD General Secretary, Lars Klingbeil. You should also be able to more security and political discussions in the schools.

SPD politician Oppermann was "appalled" over the decision. The Bundeswehr, a democratic parliamentary army, and deserve respect, wrote of the German Bundestag Vice-President on Twitter. "Who decides such nonsense, should think himself of our schools." Oppermann accused the Berlin state SPD, you can't trust the students "too little".

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