How to Implement the “Zeitenwende” in the Field of Defense? Ifri Conferences
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Chancellor Scholz announced a “Zeitenwende” (turning point), whose main goal is to adapt the German foreign and security policy to the new geostrategic context.
In the field of defense, the declared objective is to make the Bundeswehr the most effective army in Europe. To this end, Chancellor Scholz announced the creation of a one-time special fund of 100 billion Euros for defense procurement as well as an increase in the defense budget to 2 % of GDP.
How to assess the impact of this financial surge for the German forces in the light of the political discussion in the German parliament? Beyond the financial resources, what are the most critical issues to be tackled in order to secure a stable and efficient modernization process?
Éric-André Martin, Secretary General of the Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa), Ifri.
Paul Maurice, Research Fellow, Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa), Ifri.
Torben Schütz, Associate Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)’s Security and Defense Program.
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