Germany ready to share military duties with Europe: minister

8th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg says he is willing for Germany's military to share some of its duties with other armies in Europe, the Frankurter Allgemeine daily said.

There could be a "sharing of roles and duties" among European countries, the minister wrote in an opinion piece for Thursday's edition of the paper, which released extracts in advance late Wednesday.

Zu Guttenberg and his Swedish counterpart, Sten Tolgfors, will present in Brussels on Thursday a project advocating reinforced European military cooperation.

There are military duties considered essential for each nation that would "remain within the national competence," according to the article.

Others could be handled through a "straight collaboration between partners, without them abandoning national responsibilities".

In a third category, there were duties for which "one could lean on a European partner", the minister wrote.

Examples of cooperation in the last two categories include joint financing of research and development, training and shared use of materials, the minister said.

European defence ministers meet in Brussels on Thursday to examine how to make up for the general cut in national military budgets through deeper cooperation between their armies and industries.

© 2010 AFP

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