Thursday, 01 June 2023 07:02 GMT

German MP urges US forces, nuclear weapons withdrawal

(MENAFN) Sevim Dagdelen, the deputy head of the Left Party's faction in the Bundestag, has called for Berlin to break away from the existing "relationship of extreme subservience" to America and its foreign policies, which are "marked by breaches of international law." In a parliamentary event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, Dagdelen demanded that United States forces stationed on German territory be withdrawn, along with America's nuclear weapons.

Dagdelen highlighted that the US military bases in Germany act like extraterritorial zones where the German constitution does not apply, and she criticized Washington for using these bases to wage wars abroad and launch lethal drone strikes, some of which are in breach of international law. The MP, who is also a member of the parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, insists that after 78 years, it is time for the United States soldiers to go home.

Moreover, Dagdelen criticized the regular NATO meetings at the US Ramstein base in Germany, where military aid to Kiev is discussed. She stated that Washington hosts these conferences "as if the Occupation Statute were still in force," and Berlin allowed the United States to put itself "in the line of fire" with the German-made Leopard tank deliveries to Ukraine.

Dagdelen's call for Germany to break away from the subservience to America and its foreign policies reflects growing frustration among some German politicians towards the US military presence in the country. The issue of United States military bases in Germany has been a topic of debate for years, with some calling for their withdrawal and others arguing that they are essential for NATO's defense strategy. Dagdelen's comments are likely to reignite the debate and spark further discussions about the role of the United States military in Europe.


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