ARMY LUXEMBOURG – THE CONTINGENT IN LITHUANIA

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keywords: lëtzebuerger améi, d’arméi, otan, enhanced forward presence, lithuania, luxembourg. As a result of repeated attacks by Russia on Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, a NATO mission is to strengthen the protection of the most eastern members of the Alliance, Poland and the countries Baltic. Luxembourg as a member of NATO takes its part and actively participates in the “Enhanced Forward Presence” (eFP) mission in Lithuania, which represents a significant budgetary effort given the size of the country but shows the government commitment in its ambitious policy of supporting…

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DEFENSE LUXEMBOURG – ARMY VOLUNTEERS TAKE AN OATH

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keywords: voluntary service to the army, voluntary military service, solemn promise, luxembourg. Thirty new recruits of the Luxembourg Army took an oath last Friday in the presence of Secretary of Defense Francine Closener. This symbolic ceremony marks the end of the 4 months of basic training of new volunteers serving with the Army, who have committed themselves to a 36-month period (which may be extended). Out of a promotion of 56 volunteers, only 30 recruits or just over half will be allowed to continue their commitment. This year, seven volunteer…

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DEFENSE 2025 ROADMAP – BUDGET HIKE AND AMBITIOUS STRATEGY

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keywords: defense 2025 roadmap, francine closener, d’arméi, luxembourg. After the great success of the Open Door at Diekirch Military Center last Sunday, Defense Secretary Francine Closener presented today the “Guidelines of the Luxembourg Defense to 2025 and beyond”. The increase of the military budget, the recruitment strategy, the purchase of monitoring drones, but that’s not all. Reminding the efforts made since 2014 to increase the share of the military budget in GDP and the future efforts to be made in the new NATO missions, the following guidelines are announced: Confirmation…

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DEFENSE – NATO WILL HELP FIGHTING AGAINST DAESH/ISIS

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keywords: otan, defense, terrorism, luxembourg. Since taking office on January 20, President Trump has continued to put pressure on his NATO allies. German Chancellor Merkel faced it when going to Washington. The objective is for the members of the Organization to spend at least 2% of their GDP in military expenditure in order to contribute actively to NATO missions (defense and anti-terrorism), the United States considering they pay the defense of their allies without return from them. The United States has also voted a defense budget for next year up…

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