Germany: Controversy is still sparking in Germany over bringing back re-implementing compulsory conscription


The political scene in Germany is still witnessing intense tension and debate over the issue of compulsory conscription.

The ruling coalition official doesn’t rule out re-implementing compulsory conscription; Wolfgang Kubicki, Vice President of the Bundestag, and the Vice-President of the Free Democratic Party, a partner in Germany’s ruling coalition, said that he doesn’t rule out reintroducing the compulsory conscription system.

In statements, Kubicki said, “I was previously against suspending compulsory conscription, because I said that the army would thus remain the people’s army, and this increases the difficulty of participating in playing a role in all battlefields in the world”.

Kubicki added that Germany is currently neither prepared nor able to defend mentally and practically, and he believed that Europe in general cannot defend itself alone.

“For this reason, I support that we supply to Ukraine what we can supply, and re-order what we received after that, to the German army urgently,” he added.

Kubicki pointed out that there is a danger that the Americans may become unprepared to defend Europe, and therefore we must arm as quickly and as extensively as possible and re-implement compulsory conscription if necessary.

Kubicki adopts a position contrary to his party colleague Christian Doer, who heads the parliamentary bloc of the Free Democrats, who announced in the middle of this month his opposition to what German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius is studying ideas about re-introducing compulsory service.

Doer saw that this step would amount to… A dangerous interference in the freedom of young people.

Kubicki expressed his support for Pistorius’s call to make the army ready to fight wars again.

Kubicki said, “Trying to obscure this matter is a mistake… We must be qualified to fight wars… You would never have heard this from me before 2022”.

He pointed out that on the morning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the entire basis on which my political convictions were based regarding achieving transformation through rapprochement, which is the Eastern European policy pursued by politicians Willy Brandt, Walter Scheel, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, and Helmut Schmidt, was lost”.

From his part, the other part of the ruling coalition government, Omid Nouripour, head of the Green Party expresses his opposition to the restoration of compulsory military service.

Nouripour said, in an interview with the German news agency in Berlin, “I don’t think there is a need for compulsory military service”.

Nouripour explained, in response to a similar question, “I won’t rule anything out now; Because that will never help, as the current time is too unstable to allow that, but I never want that to happen”.

According to the German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, who belongs to the Social Democratic Party, he was examining models for compulsory service in light of the shortage of personnel in the German army, citing the Swedish model.

Pistorius explained that in Sweden, for example, all the young men and women are recruited, and then a mere number of them end up being selected for basic military service, and whether it’s possible to imagine something like this here as well is part of these considerations.

It worth mentioning that compulsory military service was suspended in Germany in 2011, after 55 years of implementing it.

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