Former adviser to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on military policy Erich Vad considers the proposed by the German government insufficient special fund for the modernization of the Bundeswehr in the amount of 100 billion euros. The retired brigadier general stated this in an interview with RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND), published on Sunday, May 22.
In his opinion, the German defense industry will be able to increase its capabilities and ensure the expected quality of weapons only if “even after the expiration of the special fund of 100 billion euros, a correspondingly high level of defense spending in the amount of 2 percent of gross domestic product is maintained. “. “Financing adequate defense capability is a permanent task of the state,” Wade stressed.
According to him, the German defense industry suffers from excessive bureaucracy, and is also “increasingly facing problems” from suppliers. We are talking about both dependence on “critical or rare raw materials” and the unwillingness of suppliers to supply products to “defense companies,” the general said.
German trade unions – against uncontrolled rearmament
Yasmin Fahimi, chairman of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB), opposes spending 100 billion euros from the Bundeswehr’s special fund on armaments alone. “There should be no uncontrolled rearmament that provokes new provocations,” she told Funke Mediengruppe. More than good is needed trained Bundeswehr“first of all – cooperation in the field of development and conflict prevention.”
Enshrined in the German Constitution
According to the ruling coalition in Germany, a special fund should be enshrined in the German Constitution. To make such a decision in the Bundestag, recalls the dpa agency, a two-thirds majority is needed. This can only be achieved with the support of Christian Democrat deputies, with whom intensive negotiations are currently underway.
The war in Ukraine and the modernization of the Bundeswehr
Russian aggression against Ukraine led German politicians to reassessment of previous ideas about the tasks of the armed forces countries. After February 24, Germany realized the reality of the threat to peace in Europe and began to take the necessary measures. Already in March, it was decided to purchase American fifth-generation F-3 multifunctional fighter-bombers for the Bundeswehr and create a special fund in the amount of 100 additional billion euros this year for the modernization of the Bundeswehr.