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20. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Pistorius Insists on Change in Financial Policy - Reprimand from Mützenich

Pistorius Insists on Change in Financial Policy - Reprimand from Mützenich
Bundesverteidigungsminister Boris Pistorius criticizes the compromise of around 53 billion euros for next year's defense budget and instead demands around 58 billion euros. He questions the financial policy course of the traffic light coalition and wants more money for the Bundeswehr to ensure the security of Germany in the face of the threat from Russia. SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich rejects Pistorius' proposal as the defense budget is increasing and the debt brake should be adhered to. Mützenich continues to emphasize the possibility of declaring an emergency situation. Despite the cabinet's decision on the budget, Pistorius will continue to fight for more money for the Bundeswehr in the parliamentary process in September. The final decision is scheduled for the end of the year. Mützenich criticizes the planned deployment of Tomahawk missiles and hypersonic weapons in Germany, warns of the risk of escalation, and calls for arms control and the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons that could be dropped by Bundeswehr aircraft. He emphasizes the need to improve defense capability in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
19. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Germany's Defense Budget Does Not Match its Promises

Germany's Defense Budget Does Not Match its Promises
Despite Chancellor Olaf Scholz's promise to step up militarily, Germany's proposed 2025 defense budget shows only a modest increase. Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, who sought a larger increase, was given only 1.2 billion euros more. Pressure from allies, due to Russia's war in Ukraine and Donald Trump's momentum, has caused Germany to face criticism for not fulfilling its NATO promises. The budget also proposes cutting military aid to Ukraine by half in 2025, drawing further criticism. Finance Minister Christian Lindner suggests Ukraine can rely on a fund backed by frozen Russian assets. Concerns arise that Germany lacks the will to overcome its historical reluctance to take a military lead.
18. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Pistorius Vows to Secure More Funding for Soldiers

Verteidigungsminister Pistorius beim NATO Summit in Austin, 10. Juli 2024
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has pledged to continue fighting for a larger defense budget to meet the needs of the Bundeswehr. Pistorius expressed disappointment with the coalition's budget planning, emphasizing the urgent need for more funds. Despite the compromise reached by the government, Pistorius highlighted that the defense budget would need to increase in the coming years. He warned that Russia could potentially pose a threat to NATO territory and emphasized the need for the rapid modernization of the Bundeswehr. Pistorius also stressed the strategic importance of space for Germany's defense and advocated for increased presence in the space domain. However, the proposed defense budget for 2025 shows only a modest increase, raising concerns about Germany's ability to fulfill its NATO commitments. Critics argue that the budget cuts to military aid for Ukraine will hinder Germany's military role and question the government's resolve to take a stronger stance militarily.
11. Juli 2024 um 09:11

The Urgency for Germany to Develop Long-Range Weapons Amid Escalating Tensions

Verteidigungsminister Pistorius beim NATO Summit in Austin, 10. Juli 2024
As tensions rise in Europe, German Defense Minister Pistorius emphasizes the necessity for Germany to develop its own long-range weapons, including Tomahawk cruise missiles and hypersonic weapons, as the USA plans to station such arms in Germany from 2026. Despite the looming deployment of US weapons, Russia's refusal to participate in peace summits exacerbates the conflict. Pistorius sees the deployment of US long-range weapons as a crucial step for Germany to bridge the 'capability gap in Europe' and enhance national security. The recent announcement of Russia's intention to respond to US missile deployment with 'military measures' underscores the increasing volatility in the region. Amid reports of Russian missile and drone attacks in Ukraine, including the firing of Iskander-M ballistic missiles and Iranian drones, the urgency for Germany to bolster its defense capabilities becomes evident. Ukrainian soldiers facing ammunition shortages highlight the challenges on the ground, while Poland's refusal to shoot down Russian missiles over its airspace adds another layer of complexity to the situation. Pistorius's confidence in the US, even under a potential President Donald Trump, to uphold the deployment of long-range weapons underscores the gravity of the situation. As Russia criticizes Armenia's NATO alignment and China warns against confrontation, the need for diplomatic solutions and strategic defense preparedness becomes increasingly paramount.
8. Juli 2024 um 20:03

Dissatisfaction Over Defense Budget Compromise Evident in Pistorius's Critique

Boris Pistorius
Federal Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) has expressed frustration with the budget compromise for the defense budget, receiving significantly less than the requested amount. This shortfall hampers his plans for modernizing the Bundeswehr and addressing the current threat situation. Inspector General Carsten Breuer has echoed the need for increased defense budget to ensure armed forces' operational readiness in the face of evolving threats. Pistorius's critique of the planned budget increase of 1.2 billion euros as insufficient underscores the ongoing dissatisfaction and the pressing demand for more substantial financial support. Despite the setbacks, there is hope for potential budget adjustments in the upcoming autumn, as suggested by SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert. The looming challenges and demands for higher investments, especially for the railway, indicate potential hurdles in future budget negotiations within the Bundestag.
25. Juni 2024 um 23:59

Germany's Defense Minister Plans Record Ammunition Contract Amid Ukraine Conflict

Boris Pistorius
As the Ukraine war continues, Germany's Defense Minister Boris Pistorius is preparing a monumental framework contract to procure artillery ammunition valued at up to 15 billion euros. The contract aims to bolster production capacities in Germany and facilitate extensive orders for both the Bundeswehr and Ukraine. This initiative comes amidst escalating tensions, with Russia restricting EU media access and prisoner exchanges between Ukraine and Russia. The significant ammunition deal underscores Germany's commitment to supporting Ukraine militarily and ensuring adequate defense resources for the Bundeswehr.
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