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Soldiers spell of the Berlin SPD : restricted area-class room

The Berlin SPD wants performances of the German armed forces have officers in public schools in the future, more rigorous, and the rules for this toughen. This leads to heated discussions – about the Berlin's borders.

What exactly is required in the decision for a soldier spell?

"To Kill and to Die, you do no advertising. Therefore, we call for the immediate stop of all measures of a military organizations of the German primary and secondary schools“, - stated in the of the delegates to the country party rally with a Two-thirds majority, adopted a resolution 109/I/2019. To Paragraph 5, paragraph 2, of part 1 of the education act of the Land Berlin to the following sentence expanded to: "military organizations will be allowed to advertise in schools in Berlin for the service and work in the military field." With views of the whole of Germany is emphasized: "Alone in the year 2015, the Bundeswehr has kept 8100 lectures in German schools about 140 000 students. Further 3200 presentations by young come officer before a total of 125 000 young people.“ The students are in an age in which the Central life and values still need to develop. "Accordingly, susceptible you are to military Propaganda and ignorance to the real dangers of a military operation."

Why is the demand so problematic?

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to order Because he mixed in two things: promoting young talent and the pure Information about the work of the Bundeswehr as a parliamentary army, crisis operations, and NATO. "This is a schluderiger request, with a lack of justification of it sticking up," says the spokesman of the conservative how to circle in the SPD, Johannes Kahrs, in an interview with the daily mirror. The application is characterized by a "healthy Dose of ignorance". "You realize that the people who wrote it have not informed properly in the first place," says the Colonel in the Reserve. The start, of the "young" officers – the correct term would be officers of "Youth". These are for pure Information, "as expert speakers, open to questions to the security policy, and controversies in a factually competent contributions". Disconnect recruiting events, because of the lack of the force by the Union and the FDP in the former black-yellow coalition decision to end the conscription of young soldiers.

How realistic is the implementation and how the Federal SPD respond?

This depends on the Berlin coalition of the SPD, Left and Greens. But so far, the Berlin SPD is also in his own party, quite alone, at least if actually information events to tasks and work of the Bundeswehr are to be prohibited. SPD-Secretary-General Lars Klingbeil rejected the decision of his Berlin Comrades, on behalf of the Federal Executive and party leader Andrea Nahles. "I'm youth officers are very grateful for the work they do – for the work they are doing in schools," said Klingbeil on Monday at Willy-Brandt-Haus. "We want to have with the Bundeswehr is a parliamentary army, and we, as the SPD, that this Parliament army will be strengthened." There is a need for more security-political debates in Germany, the resolution called for Kling. "And this is not to say that we make the school doors for this political-security discussions." The Deputy Chairman of Bundestag Thomas Oppermann was even clearer: "Who decides such nonsense, should think himself of our schools." Juso-chief Kevin Kühnert said that in the future, each school remained free "to invite the German army. But according to the rules of the game in the bag Bacher consensus, a potential ban and controversy bid.“ In 1976, educators identified with the bag Bacher consensus on the principles of political education for the students. The had to take place without indoctrination and controversial issues are also treated as such.

How was decided the application without any major opposition, with Two-thirds majority?

The Juso land Chairman, Annika Klose brought it in her short speech to the point: "We are for anti-militarism and disarmament!" The Argument on party days of the Berlin SPD, in General, to thunderous Applause. A Comrade, in fact, twelve years in the army service, and three Times in Afghanistan, was heard in the ten minute debate politely. That's all. His Argument that a government employer, offering over a hundred occupations, must also promote, not penetrated at all. In the Berlin SPD-landesverband, the traditionally stands on the left, and is majority-oriented radical pacifist, apply the simple formula: German armed forces = military and weapons. Even the foreign missions be seen from the capital city-social Democrats highly critical of. And contact the army to young people in their own country, if possible.

How to react to soldiers and teachers?

"the decision of The Berlin SPD is for us soldiers is very demotivating," says Andreas Füllmeier. The captain is the Chairman of the Association of soldiers of the Bundeswehr, a representation of interests for members of the armed forces. In the Public a "right to a controversial image of the Bundeswehr was, anyway," complains Füllmeier. The strengthening of the Berlin SPD. "It hurts that our service is being appreciated," says Füllmeier. "However, the policy should address, rather than reinforce a Negative Image of the Bundeswehr in society." The Bundeswehr is also much more than just the soldier, says Füllmeier. "There are appointed for us a multitude of civilian training. No one is forced to service on the gun.“

Hans-Peter Meidinger, Chairman of the teachers ' Association, said in an interview with the daily mirror: "I am appalled. This is something I would have expected from the Left, but not of the SPD in the capital.“ He was bar, as a former civil service above suspicion, but he had never heard of any school that the German armed forces do in schools to Kill and Die advertising.

in Addition, the Advertise of the Bundeswehr, which is held as an employer, other than the information events with youth officers in General, outside of school hours – so vet students, for example, in breaks or free hours of could inform in a military Bus about offers. "Because you don't have to go inside."

And what is the political competition?

For them, it is further evidence that the SPD, the compass lost – many people say in surveys that it is unclear is what the SPD is. On Berlin's Governing mayor and SPD leader Michael Mueller, it throws no good light, so something slips through. As agreed, you don't want to say in the country's Central. A spokesperson said to daily mirror request only to: "Michael Müller has good contacts to the German armed forces, and he will hold even more."

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CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak says: "In any dispute between the parties was between the Union and the SPD always clear: the German army has structure an important function in our democratic state." The firm commitment to NATO, which this week their 70. Celebrates birthday, is always a shared commitment to the security interests of our country. "The fact that parts of the SPD with a cheap attack on the Bundeswehr, this basic consensus in our country with the feet, showing the complete disorientation of the social Democrats." The German social democracy, had acquired great merits for the security and political reliability of our country, for example, by Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Minister of defense, Peter Struck, said Ziemiak. "These achievements threaten to be just sacrificed by naive and irresponsible curry favor." The Berlin-based AfD-country - and group-in-chief Georg Pazderski says, the SPD is against an Institution of the state and brüskiere over 180 000 active troops and 1.2 million reservists.

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