New German defence minister: I want to make the Bundeswehr strong

Germany has a new defence minister: SPD politician and former interior minister of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, will succeed the outgoing incumbent, Christine Lambrecht. Pistorius said that he had “humility and respect for such a daunting task”. Chancellor Olaf Scholz emphasised that Pistorius had a great deal of experience in security policy and had already worked very openly and closely with the Bundeswehr. The previous Defence Minister Lambrecht had announced her resignation after just over a year in office.

The new defence minister is someone “who also possesses the strength and calmness needed for such a great task in view of the current turning point,” stressed Chancellor Scholz. He said he was convinced that Pistorius was someone “who can work with the troops and whom the soldiers will like very much.”

“I want to make the Bundeswehr strong,” Pistorius announced. “The tasks that lie ahead of the troops are enormous.” He said that “close and trusting cooperation” with the servicemen and women was important to him in this context. He added that the Bundeswehr had to prepare for a new situation due to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. The new minister will already meet with Ukraine’s Western allies at the US Ramstein Air Base in Rhineland-Palatinate on Friday to discuss further support for Kyiv.





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