president of the UNITED states, Donald Trump, will withdraw 9500 soldiers out of Germany.
It says a u.s. official, who does not want to come forward with the name.
Implemented the measure, it will reduce the number of american soldiers in Germany from the current 34.500 25.000.
in Several places in Europe it will probably lead to concern regarding the UNITED states'involvement and interest in the continent.
According to the official, the decision is a result of months of work by the american chief, Mark Milley, and has nothing to do with the tensions between chancellor Angela Merkel and Trump.
Merkel with a had namely been an obstacle to the Trumps plans to host a completely G7 summit this month.
another senior official says that the 9500 soldiers are being sent to other places: Some to Poland, some to other allied countries and some to the UNITED states.
He explains that there is not as much need for a greater strength in Germany because of greater spending on defense among the countries in the militæralliancen Nato.
Senator Jack Reed, the top of the Democrats in the Senate military committee, called the decision 'petty and unfair'.
Andrew Weiss from the think tank carnegie's Foundation for International Peace believes that it is a 'great gift' to Russia.
- With a devastating blow shows the Trump, once again, that our alliances are nothing more than a piece of political toys for him, writes Weiss on Twitter.
The White House has not announced anything officially about the decision, but writes in a message to Trump 'continually considering the best position for the UNITED states'forces'.
It is underlined in the message, that you continue to appreciate the cooperation with Germany.
the Decision was first described by the Wall Street Journal and is the latest development in the relationship between Berlin and Washington, who has several times been strained under Trump.
Trump has among other things pushed for increased defense spending in Germany. He has also accused the German government to be a Russian 'catch' due to Germany dependence on Russian energy policy.
About 17,000 civilian employees support the american soldiers in Germany. It is assumed that the UNITED states has nuclear weapons in Germany.