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Germany to chart first civil defence plan since Cold War

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BERLIN: Germany will introduce its first civil defence strategy since the end of the Cold War, calling on the population to stockpile enough food and water for several days, according to a report on Sunday.

The plan, which makes civilian backing of troops a priority while boosting the resilience of buildings and increasing capacity in the healthcare system, is due to be adopted by the government on Wedne­sday, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) daily.

Contacted by AFP, an interior ministry spokesman confirmed that the cabinet was due to adopt a civil defence strategy but declined details about the concept or comment on the newspaper report.

The strategy noted that “an attack on German territory requiring conventional defence is unlikely”, but said the country should be “sufficiently prepared in case of an existence-threatening development in the future that cannot be ruled out”, according to the 69-page strategy quoted by the FAZ.

“The population will be encouraged to stockpile food for ten days,” it said, adding that five days’ worth of water — at an estimated two litres per person per day — should also be set aside. Haunted by its Nazi past, Europe’s most populous country has for decades been particularly cautious about defence issues.

But this year it set out a new military roadmap outlining Germany’s ambition to assume a bigger defence role abroad, within the frameworks of Nato and the European Union.

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