New German gov’t want U.S. nukes to go

The new German government wants the United States to withdraw its remaining nuclear weapons from the country. The new policy is included in the 128-page Koalitionsvertrag (coalition treaty)  of Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to the agreement between the CDU, CSU and FDP parties, the removal of U.S. nuclear weapons will be discussed with Washington as well as in the framework of NATO.

In the years following the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, the United States withdrew all chemical weapons and most of its nuclear arsenal from western Germany.  However, a  classified number of nuclear weapons remains in Germany, as is the case in Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.

(Source: Koalitionsvertrag zwischen CDU, CSU und FDP, CDU, 24 October 2009)

Original text in German:

5576 In diesem Zusammenhang sowie im Zuge der Ausarbeitung eines strategischen
5577 Konzeptes der NATO werden wir uns im Bündnis sowie gegenüber den amerika-
5578 nischen Verbündeten dafür einsetzen, dass die in Deutschland verbliebenen
5579 Atomwaffen abgezogen werden.

Over Hans de Vreij

Retired Dutch journalist. Covered EU, NATO, UN, security & defense. Was correspondent in Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Prague. Studied Russian language & literature.
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