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  1. Germany warns US on Afghanistan troop cuts

    By MIKE CORDER Associated Press

    BRUSSELS (AP) – Germany urged the United States on Thursday not to pull too many troops out of Afghanistan next month, saying a major reduction in American forces could risk NATO’s strategy in the 10-year conflict.

    Defense ministers from NATO and other countries fighting in Afghanistan were discussing the war before a decision by the Obama administration on how many of the 100,000 American troops to pull out of the war in July.

    German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere urged restraint.

    Germany understands the U.S. move, but “we have some concerns that if it is too much then the (Afghanistan) strategy cannot be implemented as agreed. We hope for a moderate step by the American president,” De Maiziere said.

    Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, briefed ministers from NATO and other countries at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels. He is slated to deliver options for troop reductions to President Barack Obama in the coming days.

    Despite the looming American troop reduction, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the meeting the alliance is on track to hand over responsibility for security to Afghan forces by the end of 2014.

    And he told Taliban insurgents to renounce violence and cut links with terror networks.

    “The successful operation against Osama bin Laden sent a clear message – extremism has no future,” Rasmussen told a meeting of defense ministers focussed on the 10-year Afghanistan conflict. “It is time for the Taliban to make a choice: Cut links with al Qaida and terror networks, renounce violence and respect the democratic Afghan constitution.”

    Thursday’s meeting was U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ last gathering at the alliance’s headquarters

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  2. Greens agree to back nuclear halt

    Germany: The Green Party has agreed to back Chancellor Angela Merkel’s proposal to scrap nuclear energy by 2022.

    Most of the 500 delegates to an emergency conference on the issue, which will be debated in the parliament this week, voted to support Ms Merkel’s plan.

    It represents a U-turn on an earlier plan to extend their life which was scuppered after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

    Some Greens complained that the chancellor was stealing their thunder on an issue that they had made a centrepiece of their campaigning since the party was set up.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/106288

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