The upcoming NATO Defence and Deterrence Posture Review has sparked a number of debates, both here in the Netherlands and abroad. The Dutch Senate accepted a motion which states that the reduction of tactical nuclear weapons should be a target of Dutch foreign policy. Furthermore, it asks the Dutch government to elucidate its plan of action on nuclear disarmament. This coincides with an opinion poll which shows that 87 per cent of the Dutch people want to get rid of the U.S. tactical nuclear weapons that are based in Volkel.
And the NoNukes team has not exactly sit still either! Last month, we published a booklet titled “Nukes, what about them?”, which answers all the important questions about nuclear weapons in a simple and understandable manner. We’re also looking forward to the launch of our report “Withdrawal Issues – What NATO countries say about the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe” on the 30th of March in the Netherlands. For this report we spoke to all 28 NATO delegations and a number of key NATO staffers to ask them about the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. You can read all about it in this newsletter.