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Ex-defense Minister Rühe: the Bundeswehr must be Europe's strongest armed

The former defense Minister Volker Rühe (CDU) has demanded from the Federal government to make the German army the "strongest conventional military power in Europe". This is the correct answer to the "highly hazardous" by the end of the INF Treaty, to limit atomic medium-range missiles, said Rühe to the daily mirror.

Hard Rühe goes with the security policy of the Union to the court. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (CSU) have destroyed the German armed forces as Minister of defense "". The decline started with the arrival of Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2005. "In many areas, I know my party is not. Most of all, the absence of experienced people bothering me in the Foreign and security policy," said Ruhe. Of the new party Chairman, Annegret Kramp-karrenbauer, should not expect much in this respect: "your experience in these areas is clearly missing." That's why he supports the candidacy of Friedrich Merz.

silence calls "the Bundeswehr's ability to act"

The Union had once been "the Bundeswehr party," said Ruehe. "This is no longer so." The most serious error had been made in 2005: the hasty abolition of conscription and the radical austerity measures. Also, the abolition of the policy planning staff, Thomas de Maizière was wrong and one of the reasons for today's mismanagement, such as in the case of the "Gorch Fock".

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Europe has not had good experiences with a strong German armies. We should be very, very cautious and prefer to be on a common European defence.

...writes user heiko61

For the future calls Rühe new efforts in the area of defence policy: "If we are serious about the division of tasks in Europe, the German armed forces must be the strongest conventional military power in Europe." Germany is the economically strongest country, and no atom would have to Finance weapons, such as France and the UK.

the strength of the German armed forces to ensure, there would have to be a "Bundeswehr's ability to act", to define the tasks and funding up to the year 2030. The only way to force "resistance-to-get". Germany needed strong armed forces, "so that it will not be pushed around". US President, Donald Trump got his call to the German, more money for defense spending.

Ex-Minister defends Nord Stream-2 Pipeline

Rühe defended the Nord Stream 2 gas Pipeline: "I think interdependence is good." Russia is as of the revenues from the exports, as the recipient of Russian Gas. The denunciation of the INF Treaty, the defence of politicians thinks is "very dangerous". "The agreement has protected us." Now a new threat race that could lead to new conflicts between Europe and the USA.

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silence turned strictly against a new deployment of land-based nuclear weapons in Europe: "I hope the Chancellor has told the United States that there will be no stationing of new nuclear missiles in Germany." Germany was able to carry a sufficient share of the nuclear deterrent by special Bundeswehrjets, the nuclear weapons. These "tornadoes" were getting on in years. He called for "a decision about the succession of tornadoes", in order to make the German deterrent "future-proof".

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