Nico Ries

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Colonel Nico Ries (born 30 July 1953 in Luxembourg City)[1] is a Luxembourgian soldier and former Chief of Defence of the Luxembourg Army. He served as Chief of Defence from 2002 to 2008, having previously been Assistant Chief of Defence.[1]

In 2008, he was transferred by the Minister for Defence, Jean-Louis Schiltz, to the Ministry of the Interior, and was replaced as Chief of Defence by Gaston Reinig. He has challenged the constitutionality of this act, and sought the return of his job as Chief of Defence.[2] In October 2010, the Administrative Court ruled that moving Ries amounted to a breach of Article 10 of the Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law.[3] In January 2011, both Ries and Reinig were placed on leave, with Alain Duschene taking over the title of Chief of Defence in the interim.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Colonel Nico Ries". NATO. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ries und Regierung weiter auf Konfrontationskurs". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 3 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Versetzung von Colonel Ries ist verfassungswidrig". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 1 October 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Armee - zurück ins Jahr 2008". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 4 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Pierre Freichel
Assistant Chief of Defence
Succeeded by
Fernand Guth
Preceded by
Guy Lenz
Chief of Defence
Succeeded by
Gaston Reinig