The Bundeswehr officer Anastasia Biefang has to formulate her dating profile more cautiously after a court decision. The verdict is now causing resentment among traffic light politicians. "Private is private and work is work," says Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann.
After the verdict against Bundeswehr officer Anastasia Biefang for wording on a dating portal, the traffic light coalition is considering the consequences. "One thing is clear: official regulations must not interfere with private life as much as was the case here," said the defense policy spokeswoman for the Greens parliamentary group, Sara Nanni, the editorial network Germany. "Likes for far-right content should be a problem. Being in an open marriage and being on a dating site isn't. That's the false 1950s morality that we thought we'd overcome." Exactly how to proceed is still under investigation.
The chair of the defense committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, was also indignant: "We don't live in 1955. Private is private and service is service," she told RND.
Biefang himself called for the soldiers' law to be fleshed out. "The duty of good conduct in the soldiers' law is so vague - every superior can judge according to his moral standards," she told the RND. "Such a rubber paragraph opens the door to discrimination and persecution. There needs to be clarification." It is inconsistent that the Bundeswehr prides itself on its openness, but then acts with antiquated moral concepts.
On the other hand, the CDU defense politician Henning Otte showed understanding for the judgment of the Federal Administrative Court and the disciplinary punishment of the Bundeswehr: "There is nothing wrong with being a soldier on dating portals. But a certain restraint in this responsible profession is appropriate," he said the RND. "It really depends on how you present yourself."