US News Withdrawal of American soldiers from Germany: Congress delays

21:40  04 december  2020
21:40  04 december  2020 Source:   fr.euronews.com

Compensation for discriminated homosexual soldiers

 Compensation for discriminated homosexual soldiers The cabinet has decided to rehabilitate homosexual soldiers who are disadvantaged under employment law. They are to receive compensation if they have been dismissed or not promoted for their homosexuality. © Getty Images / AFP / F. Florin Provided by Deutsche Welle The draft law that has been passed provides for judgments by the military courts to be overturned, for example for consensual sexual acts. Earlier federal governments had refused to repeal the relevant service law judgments.

The withdrawal of part of the American military contingent from Germany , announced by Donald Trump, may not take place. The Congress said that they consider Germany a strong partner in NATO, and the presence of the American military on German territory is "an important element" of

The US is moving forward with President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany , a decision that has attracted bipartisan congressional opposition and roiled key allies who see the move as a blow to NATO.

The United States Congress awaits the opinion of the Biden administration before giving the green light to the withdrawal of 12,000 troops from Germany. A delay hailed by Berlin. View on euronews

Congrès © Kay Nietfeld / (c) Copyright 2020, dpa (www.dpa.de). Alle Rechte vorbehalten Congress

Will the US Congress cancel the withdrawal of some US troops from Germany desired by the Trump administration?

According to a provision in the final version of the bipartite National Defense authorization law, the number of soldiers in Germany should not be reduced below its current level of 34,500, as long as the new Biden administration has not commented on the impact of such a measure.

Bahn: Interlocking faults lead to delays less often.

 Bahn: Interlocking faults lead to delays less often. Train delays at Deutsche Bahn are less and less due to interlocking faults. According to the railway, problems at the signal boxes have caused around 146,000 train delays so far this year. © Sven Hoppe / dpa An ICE leaves the main train station in Munich. In the previous year there were around 248,000 delays, in 2018 it was 277,000. A railway spokesman referred to massive investments in modern interlocking technology, which had already led to a reduction in the "disruption".

Congress moved Thursday to stop President Trump from reducing U.S. troops in Germany , dealing a setback to the White House’s attempt to punish the country for its modest level of defense spending. That would delay any potential troop withdrawal until President-elect Joe Bidentakes office.

Germany has always been one of Europe’s leading countries on practically all economic performance indices. At present, according to NASDAQ, it occupies According to the German government, at the end of the Cold War there were a maximum number of American soldiers in Germany – more then

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomes this procrastination: "Of course, we welcome this agreement between Republicans and Democrats to put all this on the table. We will discuss it with the new US administration in proper time."

The Pentagon will withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany

Last July, the Trump administration announced the withdrawal of about a third of the American troops stationed in Germany, or nearly 12,000 soldiers. A measure then presented as "strategic", but obviously above all punitive. Donald Trump believes that Berlin is not contributing enough to NATO.

party congress: CDU top decides on the end of the electoral party congress in mid-January .
The decision about the successor to CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been dragging on for months. The aim now is to clarify the format. © dpa The race for the CDU chairmanship, which will be decided at the party congress in January, is considered open. The CDU top will decide this Monday on the course of the party congress planned for mid-January to elect a new chairman.

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