German Politicians Renew Nuclear Basing Debate

Dr. Oliver Meier

Discussions are continuing in Germany about the future of NATO’s nuclear sharing arrangements. The recent round of the debate was triggered by the push of the Ministry of Defense to reach a decision on the procurement of new nuclear-capable fighter aircraft. In the June edition of Arms Control Today, Oliver Meier analyses content and direction of that debate, particularly in the German Parliament. Decision-makers increasingly differentiate between the problem of forward-deployment of US nuclear weapons in Europe and the involvement in the Alliance’s nuclear consultative mechanisms. The debate is turning towards the question of how a European consensus on changes in nuclear weapons deployment can be achieved.

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