securityphoto16Lina von Petersdorff
(Researcher, RIEAS Internship Program)

Copyright @ 2021 Research Institute for European and American Studies ( Posted on 9 August 2021.

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

When the big flooding hit several parts of Germany this month, the military was re-quested immediately to help with about 850 soldiers and special equipment to clear streets, secure supplies, help with the damages and prevent new floodings (Bun-deswehr, 2021a). The army is allowed to support civil organisations during natural disasters like floodings or forest fires (Bundeswehr 2021b) but is not present in maintaining internal order like it is in other countries. The debate on whether it is necessary to change that has been going on for a while and the question will be discussed critically in this article.... Read more