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Dodging the Draft Conscription Debate Divides German Conservatives

Compulsory military service may be outdated, but Germany is finding it hard to give it up. The defense minister has made no secret of his desire to scrap conscription, but many conservatives see military service as a key part of their identity and are fighting to keep it.
Von Ulrike Demmer, Kerstin Kullmann, René Pfister und Christoph Schwennicke
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan