Germany’s popular defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has been accused of not being in control of events, after the accidental killing of a German soldier in Afghanistan and an apparent rebellion on a naval training ship.
Cadets reportedly refused to climb a mast after a woman cadet fell and later died.
The minister promised that an investigation into what happened on board the vessel would be thorough, in response to demands for answers from both coalition and opposition leaders. If the allegations were correct, there would be consequences, he said.
The Gorch Fock is in the Argentine port of Ushuaia, where military experts are being sent to investigate.
There have been reports that individual cadets incited others to defy the ship’s commanders after the young woman fell from the mast. The training exercise was called off.
Meanwhile there have been accusations of a cover-up following revelations that a soldier killed in Afghanistan was accidentally shot by another soldier. It was first reported that he had shot himself.