Arms exports: Germany sells this military equipment

Arms exports: Germany sells this military equipment

Arms exports: Germany sells this military equipment

The defense budget is also shrinking. Germany is thus moving further away from the NATO-internal agreement to increase defense spending to two percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in the medium term.

The Union and the SPD are arguing about the nomination of Ursula von der Leyen as EU Commission President. Bundestag President Schäuble calls a minority government on the scene: The Union should govern alone in an emergency. 

In view of the renewed dispute in the grand coalition, Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble brings a minority government into discussion. “If, after internal debates, the SPD wants to leave the coalition before the end of the electoral term, the Union should continue to govern alone,” said the CDU politician of the “Bild” newspaper.

Grand coalitions should “really only be exceptions”. According to the preliminary report on Sunday, Schäuble demanded: “The federal government must now ensure that it is not just diligently working through the coalition agreement. That alone no longer reaches the people.” Regarding the SPD’s bad polls, Schäuble said: “Those who have been told dead live longer.”

German Social Democrats against von der Leyen

The reason for the current dispute in the black-red coalition is the nomination of Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) as successor to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker by the heads of state and government of the European Union (EU). The German Social Democrats in the EU Parliament want to vote there against von der Leyen. CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has warned the SPD against such a step. According to her, this would be a burden on the coalition. 

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 CSU boss Markus Söder also expressed the expectation that the Social Democrats would ultimately agree to the personnel. “I can only advise the SPD not to commit the next serious mistake right away,” said Bavaria’s Prime Minister to the editorial network Germany (Monday edition). Should von der Leyen fail to fill the head of the EU Commission, “we have a European total loss,” stressed Söder. “We have to prevent a month-long European crisis and blockade of the institutions.”

Sources used: Reuters news agency

The CDU gets a new federal manager. Contrary to expectations, it will not be the Kramp-Karrenbauer confidante Nico Lange. However, he can look forward to another responsible position. 

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer does not make her confidante and advisor Nico Lange the new federal manager of the party. The German press agency learned this on Monday in Berlin from party circles. A few days ago, the media wanted to know that Lange, who was considered a favorite for the post, is going to be federal manager.

Instead, the previous head of the Central Tasks department at the party headquarters, Stefan Hennewig, will be the new federal manager. Hennewig would be a kind of head of administration in the Adenauerhaus, it was said. He has been working in the Adenauer House since 2000. Since 2006 the political scientist has been responsible for the area of ​​central tasks, which also includes personnel administration and controlling.

Long remains important for AKK

He succeeds Klaus Schüler, who was federal manager from 2007. The transition from Angela Merkel to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was organized by Schüler. In May he announced his withdrawal. 

Lange, who is also the deputy managing director, will have an outstanding political position in the CDU headquarters, reports dpa: Kramp-Karrenbauer bundles the areas of political planning, strategy and international relations with him.123helpme.me That fits in with his previous role as the most important strategist for the CDU leader. 

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 He was a soldier for a long time and worked for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in the Ukraine and the USA before Kramp-Karrenbauer brought him in.

Sources used: dpa news agency, information from the Adenauer House, own research, other sources, show less sources

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer angered the party offspring with a personality. The Junge Union accuses the targeted federal manager of “massive errors”.

According to “Spiegel” information, Nico Lange, confidante of the CDU chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, is to become the party’s new federal manager. The news magazine reported that the personnel should be decided by the top committees on Monday. When asked by the magazine, Kramp-Karrenbauer did not want to comment on this. Lange did not comment either.

Junge Union Berlin: “Absolutely unsustainable”

But there is resistance to Lange’s appointment as federal manager. The Junge Union Berlin called on the party chairman in an open letter on Tuesday to refrain from appointing her confidante Nico Lange as CDU federal manager. The young politicians accused Lange of having made “massive mistakes” in the crucial phase of the election campaign before the European elections and of having later pushed the blame on the Junge Union.

In doing so, he is dividing the party and not building bridges, the letter says. “Nico Lange disregards the so important unifying element of the CDU. That makes him absolutely intolerable for us as federal managing director”, writes the JU Berlin. “We therefore urge you, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer, not to entrust him with the important position of federal manager.” 

The successor to long-time managing director Klaus Schüler must initiate a thematic and communicative renewal in the CDU: “He must not have been involved in the insufficient party work of the last few months.” 

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For a long time, he was head of the “Political Planning” department in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus and deputy federal manager. The 44-year-old came to party headquarters with Kramp-Karrenbauer from Saarland. The previous federal manager Klaus Schüler is leaving the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus at the end of the month and switching to business.

Sources used: news agencies dpa, AFP

The armored personnel carrier of the “Puma” type was supposed to cost three billion euros. Now the Department of Defense is releasing new figures that are almost twice as high. There is criticism for that. 

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The total price for the “Puma” armored personnel carrier has almost doubled since the first parliamentary referral. “For the production of the 350 Puma infantry fighting vehicles, 5,989 million euros are currently planned,” said the Ministry of Defense in response to a request from the Left MP Matthias Höhn. This sum is more than 2.9 billion higher than the amount initially used.

According to the Defense Ministry, the increase in costs is due to the contractually agreed “price escalation” and additional requirements for the tank. Accordingly, these have emerged over the past 17 years from the Bundeswehr’s “update of the capability profile” and technological developments.

The politician asked for a total price for procurement costs, retrofitting, performance changes, system improvements and the cost of using the armored personnel carriers as part of NATO’s “super-fast reaction force” (VJTF or Very High Readiness Joint Task Force). This was set up in the course of the Ukraine crisis and has since been an element of the deterrent strategy against Russia. A special feature is the high level of readiness. 

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 Höhn described the armored personnel carrier as “one of the Ministry of Defense’s biggest bad planning”, which is also an example of inefficient procurement by the Bundeswehr. The new defense minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, will have to be judged by whether she succeeds in ending tax wastage and scandals in the ministry in the long term.

For weeks the Greens were on a high flight. Now they are being overtaken by the Union, according to a Forsa survey. Only when it comes to the chancellor question are the high-flyers still clearly ahead. 

In the past few weeks it has looked like the Greens only go one way – up. The other parties lost their approval week after week. According to a current Forsa survey for the RTL / ntv trend barometer, the CDU is catching up again. Currently, both parties can therefore expect 26 percent of the vote.

For the Greens, this means a slight decrease in approval – about one percent compared to the previous survey. The Union, on the other hand, has gained two points. There is also movement in the approval ratings for the AfD – one percentage point down to 12 percent. 

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The SPD is still stagnating at a low of 12 percent, the FDP and Left, according to survey results, each have 8 percent of the vote.  

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 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s dive has been delayed for the time being – compared to Olaf Scholz and Robert Habeck, she can make up two percentage points and has 20 percent approval. Nevertheless, the Vice Chancellor is 7 percentage points ahead of his rival from the CDU. It is said to have lost one point compared to the results of the previous week. Greens co-boss Habeck still has more than 30 percent of the vote. 

Sources used: ntv.de – RTL / n-tv trend barometer: Union catches up with Greens again

The new appointment to the Ministry of Defense comes as a surprise. But is it also a good decision to entrust the department to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer? A pro Cons

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is the new Federal Minister of Defense. The CDU chairwoman took over the department from her party colleague Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday. The personality is considered a surprise. Hardly anyone expected the Saarland woman at the head of the ministry. But is it also a good decision? Politics editor David Ruch and deputy editor-in-chief Peter Schink argue about this.

David Ruch



She doesn’t need to know the inner workings of a Leopard 2 tank

The network is in turmoil. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is the new Defense Minister? What does the CDU boss understand about the Bundeswehr? Many doubt the professional qualifications of the 56-year-olds. Tenor: Then a car mechanic can probably also be a vascular surgeon.

To write off Kramp-Karrenbauer as minister is wrong. Expertise alone does not make a minister a good minister. Did his agricultural apprenticeship or his law degree prevent Helmut Kohl from becoming the important politician he later became?

She brings eleven years of experience as a minister in the Saarland, was sometimes responsible for the interior, sometimes for families, sometimes for work – not to mention seven years as prime minister.

Kramp-Karrenbauer does not need to know the inner workings of a Leopard 2 tank. But they will be judged according to how they get the blatant problems of the Bundeswehr under control – from broken helicopters to the “Gorch Fock” disaster – how accessible they are to expertise, as they often complain about alienation in the troops from the Trying to overcome leadership.

The difficult environment in which the CDU leader goes offers her a unique opportunity. Now she can show whether she can also be Chancellor.

Peter Schink

Deputy Editor in Chief


Kramp-Karrenbauer’s move makes her unbelievable

Does the Chancellor want the problems in the Bundeswehr to be finally resolved? Or is it about post deals? Four reasons why AKK is not a good choice as minister.

1. Just recently, AKK said that she wanted to be the CDU chairperson and not join the cabinet. The abrupt change makes them unbelievable. The credibility of politicians is their most important asset – with voters and also in the management of a ministry.

2. With the appointment of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the Chancellor is giving the soldiers the signal that their concerns are not of the least interest. The troops are told that it doesn’t matter who heads the ministry. That doesn’t motivate a soldier who risks his life for his job in Mali or Afghanistan. Motivation for the strained troop is urgently needed.

3. Tornadoes, helicopters and tanks are not ready for action, there is a lack of offspring, the troops are poorly equipped for cyber warfare. The Bundeswehr needs someone who can finally take action. The ministry has a problem here: the hierarchy has always prevented ministers from being able to take action. The ministry desperately needs someone who can run it with inside knowledge.

4. The Ministry of Defense is therefore the most ungrateful of all ministries. The chance of failure here is great. Kramp-Karrenbauer’s popularity rating will therefore continue to decline. The post is not good enough to emerge as Chancellor in the end.

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Kramp-Karrenbauer becomes Minister of Defense – that may come as a surprise at first. But if you look closely, you will see the calculation behind it – and a ministry that suits the CDU leader.   

In the United States, historians and political enthusiasts like to pass the time putting the previous presidents in order. From the best to the worst “Leader of the Free World”. This requires criteria and one of the criteria that, in a sense, forms the basis for everything else is: leadership, determination, decision-making power. Anyone who hesitates ends up at the bottom of the rankings.

You don’t have to unconditionally accept this cult of personal resolve. There are good reasons not to worship decisionism, even if it is true that whoever decides can be wrong; but only those who decide have the chance to do something right.

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