Changing Bundeswehr

At the traditional monthly Jour Fixe of the Ambassadors Club in June the president of the Club, Dr. h.c. Mania Feilcke-Dierck, welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, Dr. Hans-Peter Bartels. More than 40 ambassadors from all over the world were received at the elegant French restaurant Le Faubourg of the Sofitel Berlin at the Kurfürstendamm by the Director Carsten Colmorgen personally.

In front of the very interested excellencies the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces Bartels talked about the topic of „Changing Bundeswehr“. He accentuated recent problems and challenges at home and abroad, while emphasizing the importance of the Federal Armed Forces as a parliamentary army. He also explained the function of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, who is elected by Parliament and is the contact person for all soldiers.

This institution of the Parliamentary Commissioner as part of the parliamentary control of the armed forces is unknown to many nations of the world and therefore an interesting topic to learn more about. Bartels attaches significant importance to the international exchange during his term of office.

Text: Martin Hoeck
Photos: Agentur Baganz