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    Defense committee chair wants “Tacheles” from Bundeswehr generals

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    The chairwoman of the Defense Committee in the Bundestag, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, calls for more openness from the Bundeswehr generals in the Defense Ministry. “Personally, I would like the generals in the ministry to have significantly more clarity and less fluff,” said the FDP politician to the “Welt”.

    The generals were reluctant to commit themselves to parliament, she criticized. “In the field, military leaders issue orders that are concise and understandable. When dealing with politics, there is the bad habit of keeping 23 emergency exits open or calling after the mouth of the house management.” That is quite unbearable.

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    “The Bundeswehr is a parliamentary army,” emphasized Strack-Zimmermann. “In addition to the political assessment of the ministry, we parliamentarians also need clear military advice in order to be able to form an opinion.” Under Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD), she expects a new culture of openness, “more speed in military advice – and less messing around, fear: who am I going to piss off with what I’m saying now, and what does that mean for my career?” (dpa)

    Source From: Tagesspiegel

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