Friday, April 16, 2010

The Re-making Of The Future International, e.g. Global, Military - Germany

« German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg announced plans to restructure Germany’s armed forces

April 12.

Germany: Defense Minister Seeks to Overhaul Military

April 15, 2010 | From

Germany’s defense minister has announced plans for a structural reform of the German military that would improve the effectiveness of the country’s armed forces.

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg explained on Monday that the Bundeswehr is currently able to deploy only 7,000 to 9,000 of its 247,000 troops because the lion’s share of them are needed either at domestic posts or as relief for soldiers already on international missions. Under the new framework, the military would be streamlined, and more German soldiers would be freed up for overseas missions.

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Germany planning to reform its military

Associated Press
2010-04-12 09:31 PM

Germany is preparing a structural reform of its military that could free up more soldiers for international missions.

Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said Monday a capacity of 7,000 to 9,000 soldiers for international missions is "certainly not at the upper end of possibilities" in comparison with other countries. The German army, or Bundeswehr, has a total of 247,000 active soldiers.

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Soros: Germany Needs to Pay Up if E.U. Is to Survive

April 15, 2010, 7:00 am

George Soros, the billionaire financier, says he thinks the euro and the European Union itself are at risk of breaking up if Germany refuses to play its traditional role and make concessions, Reuters reported, citing an interview conducted with Italian newspaper.

“The Germans have always made the concessions needed to advance the European Union, when people were looking for a deal. Not any more,” Mr. Soros told Corriere della Sera in an interview published on Thursday.

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