Berlin (AP) - The German Armed Forces has agreed with the Deutsche Bahn on free rides for soldiers in uniform. In discussions, a solution had been found for contentious issues, confirmed government circles of the German Press Agency in Berlin. First, the "Bild am Sonntag" reported.
According to the newspaper, the Bundeswehr will pay around four million euros a year to the railway. It is still being negotiated how and if the soldiers may also use the local trains. In general, uniformed Bundeswehr members could soon travel for free on all DB ICE and IC trains.
The talks had stalled because of disputed points. According to a spokesman, the ministry of defense has been negotiating the free rides since the beginning of the year by train. The new Minister of Defense, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, had brought the issue back to the agenda in July in the government statement after taking office.
Free train rides are already available at the Bundeswehr today - for example, volunteers can return home for free. Policemen are also allowed to take the train for free. However, there are different regulations here.