Germany to close 105 military installations

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1 November 2004, BERLIN - Germany is to close 105 military bases as part of its armed forces spending cuts, a defence ministry spokesman said. Details of the closures, which will be outlined by Defence Minister Peter Struck in Berlin on Tuesday, remained sketchy. Spokesman Norbert Bicher said after a three-day ministry conference to discuss the closures that the cuts would affect 28 small installations with fewer than 10 service personnel each. He would not confirm a press report that 30 bases of more than

1 November 2004

BERLIN - Germany is to close 105 military bases as part of its armed forces spending cuts, a defence ministry spokesman said.

Details of the closures, which will be outlined by Defence Minister Peter Struck in Berlin on Tuesday, remained sketchy.

Spokesman Norbert Bicher said after a three-day ministry conference to discuss the closures that the cuts would affect 28 small installations with fewer than 10 service personnel each.

He would not confirm a press report that 30 bases of more than 1,000 soldiers each were to go.

Analysts said the expected closures reflect a change in the role of the German military from national security to a greater emphasis on Germany's involvement in international peace keeping operations.

The ministry indicated last week that closures would be across the country.

Germany, which has about 570 Bundeswehr bases in all, is cutting the armed forces back from 285,000 to 250,000 soldiers and from 120,000 to 75,000 civilian staff.

Struck is in the process of restructuring the armed forces to create a more flexible force with a global reach.

Bundeswehr spending cuts in the coming years could reach EUR 26 billion, although some of these funds may be put back into the forces from 2007, Struck has said.

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Subject: German news

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