Defence minister talks military alliances with Germany

Defence minister Hans Hillen is to look into working more closely together with Germany on some military issues, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.

Both the Netherlands and Germany are reducing the size of their armed forces and Hillen sees room for several operational alliances, the paper says.
Submarines and patriot missile capacity are two areas up for consideration.
Hillen and his German counterpart Thomas de Maizière held talks in Berlin on military cooperation on Tuesday.
The paper says Hillen has also raised the issue of increased military cooperation with Belgium and Britain and is also scheduled to have talks with Luxemburg and Norway.
Dutch defence spending is being cut by €1bn.

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