Rome, Italy (Italian Republic)
GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTER RUDOLF SCHARPING LISTENS TO GERMAN NATO PERSONNELL.
German Defence Minister Rudolf Scharping (L) listens to an officer from the German army and other German NATO personell during a coffee break at the NATO college in Rome January 11. Scharping said he beleived the European Court had ruled correctly that women should be allowed in the German army. The Luxembourg-based European Court upheld a German womans complaint against a constitutional ban on women bearing arms in the Gernman armed forces Janaury 11.