Leading CDU politicians have warned against the reliability of Germany to the joint armaments projects with European partners into question.

Union leader Ralph Brinkhaus, and the defence policy spokesman of the group, Henning Otte, warned in a double interview prior to the damage, for the military cooperation in Europe.

“What is it we all forget that we are in the European Union is primarily a peace project,” said brink, the house of the German press Agency. “And this peace project only works if we bind our security structures permanently together.” The EU should not reduce the project to rescue packages on an Economy. The EU is not a “distribution project for Interrail Tickets”.

the Union and the SPD had postponed their dispute over the Export of armaments by the end of March initially. A ban on Exports for Saudi Arabia was relaxed, individual exemptions were approved. Previously, there had been massive pressure from the UK and France on the Federal government.

“It is interesting that the same people who always call for greater European co-operation, or not say, we need to go to France, on the other hand, say, in the field of armaments,” said Brinkhaus. “There must then make every country his own thing and his own standards. This will not work.” It was also important that the British were after a Brexit in the European security cooperation.

“We know that we must remain transatlantic, but we want to be European. And that’s why we are pushing ahead with the defense of the Union,” said Otte of the dpa. “And we are not immune to the arms export policy of the defence Union. Here, one does not have to be consistent, because otherwise Germany cooperates, we oriented our value foreign policy can not position.”

Europe is facing great security challenges, said Otte with regard to aggressive power of Russia, decaying structures in the Middle East and the situation in North African countries such as Libya braces. Germany is a place for it with the “enhanced Alliance capability,” and with inserts such as Mali and Afghanistan.

in the face of threats of Germany must also provide their own security architecture to the test, he made it clear. “We still have structures that are from the last century. We are in the era of globalisation, digitisation and the individual pillars – the Federal intelligence service, the protection of the Constitution, Military counterintelligence service are separated too strictly from each other,” he said. “You can’t separate internal and external security today, so strictly from each other.” Brinkhaus stressed that the basic principles of the security services will not be shaken to. “We will remain: clear separation of Duties. Internal security, external security.”

The German armed forces stand in the West African state of Mali in its currently most dangerous to use, said both leaders. In the country of attacks by Islamist terror groups had, and ethnic conflicts, most recently exacerbated. To organised crime. “There is a fire is dangerous. We need to lead us again and again that we have soldiers that are risking a lot when they are in use there,” said Brinkhaus.

“The challenges are great,” said Otte. “But that explains just why we are making our contribution together with other Nations. It is for Europe, is immensely important that Mali will remain stabilized, that democracy has a Chance, so this is not a hose for large migration movements.”

He demanded that the Bundeswehr soldiers for maximum protection get the latest device. The same is true for new military technologies that are controversial in Germany. “We can’t detach ourselves militarily from the development of Artificial intelligence, because other countries also do this,” he said. “For us, it is always important that at the end of a human being to decide on the systems.”


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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