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German Defense Minister: We must become the main pillar of Europe’s deterrence and collective defense

The Minister of Defense of Germany presented new defense policy instructions regarding the return of war to Europe and announced that Germany, as the most populous and economically strongest country in Central Europe, should become the main pillar of Europe’s deterrence and collective defense.

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according to the international group Tasnim news agency, “Boris Pistorius”, the Minister of Defense of Germany, on Thursday It presented new guidelines for defense policy. Referring to Russia’s war against Ukraine, he said: War has returned to Europe. The directives are also based on this.

He pointed out that after the Bundeswehr was pushed towards global missions, national and alliance defense capabilities were left to fend for themselves. He said: We must reverse this situation. We are refocusing the German army on its main mission, which is national and contemporary defense.

The goal of spending two percent of Germany’s economic production on defense is also emphasized in this 33-page directive.

Pistorius announced that Germany, as the most populous and economically strongest country in Central Europe, should become the “main pillar of deterrence and collective defense of Europe”. : The new directives are “guidelines for the profound change in mentality necessary throughout security policy”. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, the chapter on budgets and military finances states that after decades of austerity, the German military must become “operational and sustainable” again. This instruction states: In order for Germany to achieve the goals of NATO capability, but also the national goals, a continuous increase ceiling of at least two percent of the national economic production is needed.

On this basis, a special fund of 100 billion euros is needed. For the Bundeswehr, it is a “significant contribution” to this. However, once this special fund is spent, the funds necessary to achieve the two percent target must still be available from the federal budget.

The new guidelines replace the White Paper plan from 2016 and the Bundeswehr concept of The year is 2018. The previous defense policy guidelines were issued in 2011 by the then Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU).

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