END Info No. 19

ENDINFO News, updates and information | European Nuclear Disarmament Issue 19 | Sept 2020 | Produced by the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

Read the latest edition of END Info, As the number of states ratifying theTreaty on the Prohibition of NuclearWeapons (TPNW) edges ever closerto the ‘magic number’ of 50, it lookscertain that a ‘global ban’ of nuclearweapons will come ‘into force’ earlyin 2021. Once the Treaty passes thisthreshold, the nuclear-armed statesand other states, ‘non-nuclear’NATO members for instance, willhave to decide whether or not tocontinue ignoring the TPNW or ifthey’ll take their obligations as ‘law-abiding’ states seriously.

Information Nuclear Sharing

Opposition to the Federal Government’s assertion that the nuclear sharing practiced by Germany within the framework of NATO does not violate the Non-Proliferation Treaty

by Bernd Hahnfeld, IALANA Germany

The Bundeswehr Fighter-Bomber Wing 33 is stationed in Büchel. It has the task, within the framework of NATO’s nuclear cooperation, of practicing with its Tornado aircraft the transport and dropping of the atomic bombs stationed there. In the event of war, Fighter-Bomber Wing 33 would deliver nuclear bombs to their targets following their release by the US President and operational authorization through the U.S. chain of command. In the event of war, the German soldiers thus acquire the “power of disposal” over nuclear weapons under the auspices of NATO. This is so despite the fact that the release of the weapons is only effective for dropping them on targets chosen by the U.S. There are no indications that peacetime nuclear exercises have involved actual nuclear weapons rather than practice bombs.

As a party to the NPT, the Federal Republic of Germany as a non-nuclear weapons state is obliged under Art. 2 NPT not to “accept nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or the power of disposal thereof from anyone, directly or indirectly”.

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Invitation: Antinuclear Bike Tour Düsseldorf-Volkel; 25.-26.09. 2020

Dear antinuclear friends,

The dutch-german coalition against nuclear weapons that has been formed
again this year during the protest-camp in Büchel is planning to take
the protest to its equivalent in the Netherlands: Volkel.

On the occasion of the Nuclear Abolition Day on September 26th as a
group of activists we are planning a bike tour from Düsseldorf to
Volkel. Starting on Friday the 25th we will reach Venlo in the late
afternoon, from where we will head to our final destination the next
day. During this ride of approximately 150 km we plan to have several
stops in small towns alongside the route to inform people about our
mission and raise awareness.

In Volkel actions of protest will take place on Saturday, celebrating
Nuclear Abolition Day.

We invite everyone to join us on this important day! For more
Information about our program on Saturday have a look into our Flyer.

If you’re interested in joining our little international group of
activists, you can write a message to

If you can’t join the protest on this special weekend but do wish to
support us in our fight, you can help us with a donation. We are really
thankful for even the smallest amount.

Recipient: IPPNW e.V.

IBAN: DE23 4306 0967 1159 3251 01


Key Word: Bike Tour Volkel 2020

We hope to see you soon!


Invitation to International Action Meeting

19th September 2020

online via zoom

Introduction & Context

Since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago we have lived under the threat of nuclear annihilation. This omnicidal power and the outrageous amount of resources spent on it is unacceptable, especially at a time where climate change is challenging our survival. The COVID-19 pandemic and the recession which will follow, teach lessons we must embrace to overcome the existential threats of the 21st century: nuclear war and global warming.

The world is at a crossroads and Europe has to make a strategic choice: remain part of the arms race or demonstrate global leadership by promoting a peaceful approach towards common global security.

We, a group of organisations willing to free Europe from the threat of nuclear weapons, invite you to join us online to discuss how best we can join our forces to raise awareness and promote solutions such as the implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons, the end of the «nuclear sharing» and of the upgrading of nuclear weapons in Europe, and the reduction of military spending to subsidize social and environmental needs.

Last year, on September 14th, a group of organisations – IPB, Pax Christi, ITUC, Bertrand Russel Foundation, IPPNW, and INES organised a meeting in Brussels “Nuclear security in Europe after the collapse of the INF Treaty”. Many other groups from 15 countries participated and the concerns about the raising nuclear threats in Europe are widely shared from different perspectives: the humanitarian and environmental threats, the geopolitical confrontations, the outrageous waist of means in times of social and sanitarian crisis, the ethical and philosophical concerns.

We decided to join our efforts to raise awareness among our fellow citizens and change Europe policies on nuclear weapons along 3 demands.

We call on European governments to

•  End the modernization of all nuclear weapons.

• End nuclear sharing.

•  Sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

We have organised a working group that issued an Appeal for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and a petition that you can find following this link:  

Now, it is time to broaden our efforts, involve other groups, and refine the campaigning strategy for 2021!

To register for the Zoom Conference contact:

Zoom Link:

Event Program

Session 1: Overview of the situation

12:00-12:10   Welcome – Owen Tudor/ Deputy General Secretary ITUC

12:10 – 12:25 Lucas Wirl / Coordinator INES, Reiner Braun / Executive Director IPB – Germany

12:25 -13:00 Discussion

Session 2: Actions and opportunities

13:00 – 13:25 Activities to support the campaign – CND Representative – UK Angelica Klausen IPPNW

13:25-13:35 Overview on the TPNW campaign- Daniel Högsta ICAN Campaign Coordinator

13:35-14:30 Discussion

14:30-15:00  Break

Session 3: Building common actions

15:00 -15:25 Common campaign against the nuclear sharing in the 4 host countries – Ludo de Brabander, Director Vrede (Belgium), Other common actions/ nuclear calendar Arielle Denis- IPB France

15:25-16:20 Discussion

16:25-16:30 CONCLUSION by Tom Unterrainer / Bertrand Russel Foundation, & Reiner Braun / IPB

Messages of Support

Message by Lisa Clark

International Peace Bureau

Press Contact

Press contact for the campaign for a nuclear weapons free Europe is

Reiner Braun

hr.braun [at]

+49 172 231 7475


Press Release – Launch of an Appeal for a Nuclear Weapons Free Europe


Monday 10 August 2020

Press Release – Launch of an Appeal for a Nuclear Weapons Free Europe

On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a new campaign is being launched to make Europe a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. The campaign is being initiated by 8 campaigning organisations: the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation; Church and Peace; the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES); the International Peace Bureau (IPB); the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC); the European section of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW); Pax Christi International; and Quakers Europe. They have come together to express their concern about the global situation which they say is more dangerous than it has ever been.

A supporting statement issued with the appeal points out that “arms control treaties are no longer upheld, and governments have started updating and expanding nuclear arsenals”  Alongside this new technologies are minimising human intervention and shortening possible response times, and they say that this “shorten[s] the time available to consider possible responses” and therefore “the probabilities of a catastrophic accident or mistake are increasing dramatically”.

The statement goes on to say that “the world is at a crossroads and Europe has to make a strategic choice: remain part of the arms race or demonstrate global leadership by promoting a peaceful approach towards common global security.”

The campaign also points out that people have been calling for Europe to be nuclear-weapon-free, and for the removal of the US nuclear weapons held in their countries, for many years. More recently they have also lobbied their governments to ratify the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

As the risks of nuclear confrontation grow in Europe and spread to the Middle East, China and the Korean peninsula and as we emerge from the pandemic, we have a chance to rebuild. Today we join our voices with those of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and call upon our fellow citizens, politicians and governments to support a European nuclear- weapon-free zone as a matter of urgency.” Lucas Wirl in the name of the initiating organization.

The citizens’ appeal calls on all European governments to:

  • end the modernization of all nuclear weapons.
  • end nuclear sharing.
  • sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

More details, possibility to sign and support for the appeal are at

Contact: Reiner Braun hr.braun[at]  +49172 231 7475

Messages of Support

Message by Dave Webb (CND)

Messages of Support

Message by Ludo de Brabander (vrede vzw)


Message by Francesco Vignarca

Rete Italiana per il Disarmo