Defense Minister Boris Pistorius justifies the modernization of the Bundeswehr. This is progressing slowly, but is urgently needed given the dangers of war in Europe, said Pistorius.
Federal Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has warned of the dangers of war in Europe and is urging speed up the modernization of the Bundeswehr. “We have to get used to the idea again that there could be a threat of war in Europe. And that means: We have to become ready for war. We have to be able to defend ourselves. And prepare the Bundeswehr and society for it,” said the SPD politician on Sunday evening on the ZDF program “Berlin Direkt”.
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Pistorius did not accept allegations that the modernization of the Bundeswehr was going too slowly. “It doesn’t get much faster,” he said. Two thirds of the 100 billion euro special fund are already contractually bound. But production and deliveries take time, the minister admitted. At the same time, we are in the process of changing structures in the Bundeswehr.
Referring to the past 30 years without bloc confrontation in Europe, the minister said: “Everything that has been messed up in 30 years, sorry to say that, and has been run down cannot be recovered in 19 months.” In three, four or five years the Bundeswehr will look completely different. At the same time, Pistorius emphasized that the Bundeswehr is already one of the strongest armed forces within NATO in Europe.
The Greens also called for better equipment for the Bundeswehr
In view of increasing violent conflicts in the world and the threat of terrorism in Germany, leading Green Party politicians also called for more money and better equipment for the Bundeswehr and police. Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck called for a timely debate about the financing of the Bundeswehr after the 100 billion euro special fund expires. Green party leader Omid Nouripour called for the security authorities in Germany to be strengthened.
The federal government set up the special fund for the Bundeswehr after Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) linked this to the term “turning point” and promised that Germany would immediately invest two percent of its gross domestic product in defense.
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“If we take the turning point seriously, Germany must do more for its security. For this we will need a lot of money for the Bundeswehr,” said Vice Chancellor Habeck to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. “But the special fund will be used up in not too long a time – what then?” asked the Green politician. He believes that a possible solution would be to take out loans beyond the previously permitted limits. “The debt brake has good reasons and it applies to the work of this coalition,” Habeck made clear. “But we should think beyond the present day and consider whether the political rules we have set ourselves still fit the changing times.”
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