Hennis strongly opposes reintroducing conscription

Gepubliceerd op 12 oktober 2016 om 10:39

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis makes the heater with the reintroduction of military conscription. The idea of ​​'bullied nice, but is overpriced and inconsistent with a professional army that sustained tensions in the world can cope. She said in an interview in the AD.


This week, Russia moved missiles to Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave wedged between Poland and the Baltic states. According Hennis is the situation now unpredictable and therefore dangerous than during the Cold War. ,, Then there was a crazy, bitter balance, "she says, now is the threat of new phenomena such as cyber attacks. ,, They make it less transparent and therefore more risky."

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,, I should not think that we Defense to see if a large-scale re-education institute, "says the VVD state secretary. According Hennis, the military changed dramatically after the official suspension of compulsory voting in 1997. Netherlands has a professional army, more then ever sent into the world to uphold international law.

Hennis: ,, We are not talking about a walk in the park. With 'just' six months training you're not there. In addition, conscripts only be used voluntarily outside NATO territory. This creates uncertainty. And yet practical: look what it takes to training capacity, alloy, vehicles, food. Bottom line advocates than enough for activation of the service. "

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