Sport USA stop troop withdrawal from Germany for the time being

18:11  04 february  2021
18:11  04 february  2021 Source:   dw.com

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The plans drawn up under President Trump to withdraw 12,000 soldiers from Germany are on hold after the change of power in the White House. Bavaria is happy.

US-Soldagten auf dem Truppenübungsplatz Hohenfels in Bayern (Archivbild) © Armin Weigel / dpa / picture alliance US soldiers on the Hohenfels training area in Bavaria (archive picture)

According to General Tod Wolters, who is responsible for the US armed forces in Europe, the government of the new President Joe Biden has a thorough review of the project commissioned. Only then will the new Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, make a decision in coordination with the White House. "I don't know how it will turn out," Wolters said in an interview with journalists.

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Donald Trump announced the partial withdrawal of US soldiers from Germany last June and justified the step with, among other things, the low defense spending of NATO partner Germany in his view. According to the decision, a third of the 36,000 soldiers in Germany at the time should return to the USA or be transferred to other European NATO countries. It would have hit three locations in particular in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate.

US-General Tod Wolters (Archivbild) © Aaron Schwartz / Consolidated News Photos / picture alliance US-General Tod Wolters (archive picture)

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A legislative package on the defense budget that was passed against the will of the President prevented the implementation of the plans from already beginning during Trump's term of office. In it, Democrats and Republicans stipulated that the massive withdrawal of US soldiers from Germany planned by Trump will be blocked for the time being. The wording of the law states that the US Secretary of Defense must state in a report to Congress whether such a withdrawal would be in the national interest of the US. At the earliest 120 days later, the number of US soldiers stationed in the Federal Republic may fall below the limit of 34,500.

Good news for Bayern

The temporary halt to the withdrawal of US soldiers has raised great hopes for a general rethink in the American government in Bavaria. "The chances of a large part of the US troops staying in Bavaria have increased significantly," said State Chancellor Florian Herrmann in Munich. Finance and Home Affairs Minister Albert Füracker also spoke of good news from the USA: The deep and lived friendship should not be given up unnecessarily.

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