Bundeswehr reform failed: German defense minister resigns

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Failed Bundeswehr reform: German defense minister resigns

Christine Lambrecht has faced criticism from the government for the slow pace of modernization of the army. Her congratulations on the New Year to the festive fireworks, in which she spoke about the war in Ukraine, were also ambiguously perceived.

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German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht announced on January 16 that she was resigning and wrote a statement. The official wrote about this on Facebook.

“Today I asked the Federal Chancellor (Olaf Scholz) to release me from the post of Federal Minister of Defense. The increased media attention to my person over the past few months is unlikely to allow coverage of facts, discussion of decisions soldiers, the Bundeswehr and security policy in the interests of German citizens,” she said.

In her opinion, the main attention should be paid to the valuable work of motivated employees of the Bundeswehr. Scholz now has to sign Lambrecht's resignation.

Christine Lambrecht's departure – Minister failed Bundeswehr reform

which Scholz announced a few days after the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, writes the British newspaper Financial Times.

Lambrecht has faced criticism for the slow pace of Bundeswehr reforms. Calls to resign intensified after her New Year's greetings, where she spoke about the war in Ukraine to the sound of festive fireworks, the authors emphasize.

“Her resignation is due to the fact that Berlin will have to decide whether to send German tanks Leopard 2 to Ukraine. This happened just a few days before the meeting of international supporters of Kyiv at the Ramstein airbase in western Germany (scheduled for January 20, – ed.),” the journalists noted.

Christine Lambrecht took office in December 2021 and knew she was taking over the modernization of an army that had experienced an acute shortage of equipment for many years, Tagesschau notes.

Failed Bundeswehr reform: German defense minister resigns

Failed Bundeswehr reform: German defense minister resigns

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a special fund of 100 billion euros was created to arm the Bundeswehr. Lambrecht launched the first of many planned reform projects only in December, reporters said.

Christine Lambrecht resigns — the minister's attitude towards Ukraine

Last September, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht stated that the possibility of supplying weapons to Ukraine from the stocks of the Bundeswehr had reached the limit. According to her, coordination with the allies is needed for the further supply of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Lambrecht emphasized that Germany handed over the Panzerhaubitzen 2000 howitzers to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The representative of the heads of the German Ministry of Defense, Christian Hoffmann, said on January 13 that Germany did not receive a request from Poland for permission to supply Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

On January 7, Christine Lambrecht spoke about Germany's readiness to supply 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine.