ICAN Scottish Partner

Latest Events

Donate to SCND

Amount to donate:
£  GBP  


Germany gives way to NATO on nuclear weapons

The coalition government in Germany has, since 2009, been calling for the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from Germany. However they have now given way to pressure from NATO and have said that the weapons can not only stay for at least 12 years but can be upgraded.

SNP MSP John Finnie has said that is a further reason why the SNP should retain their current policy of opposition to membership of NATO.


John Finnie MSP for the Highlands and Islands said:

"It is now absolutely imperative that those lobbying for the SNP to change its position on NATO explain exactly how Scotland is going to achieve what mighty Germany found impossible and get nuclear weapons off its soil while being a member of NATO.

"Germany is one of the world's most powerful countries so when its parliament voted to remove nuclear weapons you'd think that was that. But NATO is more powerful and has put immense pressure on Germany to back down. Yesterday, NATO won and Germany democracy lost.

"The pro-NATO camp now faces a serious credibility problem. They want the SNP to make a policy u-turn based on the claim we can be in NATO and still get rid of Trident. Can anyone really take that seriously any more? The pro-NATO case is falling apart by the day.

"Scotland has to be free to get rid of these horrible weapons for good. The only way to do that is to hand in our notice to NATO."

John Ainslie, Coordinator of Scottish CND, said:

“Delegates travelling to the SNP’s conference in Perth should first take a German lesson. NATO has silenced the Berlin government’s call for nuclear weapons to be removed from their soil. If an independent Scotland is in NATO, then it is likely to have a similar experience. It will be easier for Scotland to get rid of Trident if we stay out of this nuclear alliance.”

Reported in the Scotsman and Herald.

Report on German U-turn under pressure from NATO in Frankfurter Rundschau (German)