Lambrecht: The conscription debate is of little help in the current situation

Defense : Lambrecht: the conscription debate is of little help in the current situation

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) gives a press statement on the sidelines of the Ukraine conference at the US air base in Ramstein. Photo: Boris Roessler/dpa (Photo: dpa)

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Berlin (dpa) – Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht currently considers the reintroduction of conscription to be of little use. When asked about the new threat as a result of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the SPD politician told the newspapers of the Funke media group: “A debate on compulsory military service is of little use to us in the current situation.” The training of soldiers takes time, less than a year makes little sense, she said.

“And the question of military justice, which the Federal Constitutional Court has called for, cannot be answered that easily. Conscription should also include women and should ultimately not only affect one in four in a year.” In addition: “We have neither enough barracks, trainers nor the equipment for tens of thousands of conscripts.” Conscription was suspended in Germany in 2011.

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