Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) is planning talks with the affected federal states in view of the withdrawal of US troops from Germany. “As for the unfortunate withdrawal plans of the US troops, I will invite the prime ministers of the countries concerned at the beginning of the session after the summer,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer on Friday. It should be discussed how the Bundeswehr can support the relevant regions. The United States wants to withdraw around 12,000 soldiers from Germany.
“The truth is that good life in Germany and Europe increasingly depends on how we take care of our own safety,” emphasized Kramp-Karrenbauer. It is about “that we can finally move faster with the European security and defense policy”. The German EU Council Presidency should also be used for this.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced on Wednesday that the United States will withdraw 11,900 of its approximately 36,000 soldiers from Germany. Some of them are expected to return to the USA, some are to be relocated to other European countries. US President Donald Trump justifies the measure, among other things, by the fact that Germany spends too little on defense.