In most European countries, women in the armed forces are volunteers. Not so in Norway. It extended compulsory military service to women in summer 2016. Now more and more women are found on bases in the country.
President Adama Barrow asked ECOWAS to extend the mandate of its military intervention. The regional bloc has obliged. It may be a sign Barrow is expecting trouble over the rejection of a new constitution.
Germany should reintroduce compulsory military service to fight the problem of far-right extremism in the army, the parliamentary armed forces commissioner says. The country suspended conscription in 2011.
The parliament's new military commissioner flummoxed her colleagues by suggesting reintroducing conscription to combat far-right extremism in the Bundeswehr. But how feasible is that option, and what would it achieve?
The German defense minister has proposed the introduction of a voluntary year of service in the German army or in the civilian sector for young people. This old idea is not necessarily a bad one, says DW's Jens Thurau.
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