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German Scholz has full confidence in Defense Minister Lambrecht

origin 1German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) talks to Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht at the chancellor’s office. German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht has the full support of Chancellor Olaf Scholz following a much criticized video on New Year’s Eve, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht has the full support of Chancellor Olaf Scholz following a much criticized video on New Year’s Eve, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Lambrecht posted a video to Instagram discussing the challenges of 2022, including Russia’s war in Ukraine, as fireworks and explosions blared in the background.

She has been widely accused of insensitivity, with opposition lawmakers even calling on her to resign following a series of gaffes.

Asked whether Scholz had full faith in Lambrecht, deputy government spokesman Wolfgang Büchner told reporters: “Yes, of course.”

And he added: “The chancellor works well and in a spirit of trust with all his colleagues in the cabinet. And this obviously also applies to the minister mentioned”.

Lambrecht, like Scholz, a member of the Social Democrats in Germany’s governing coalition, could face problems when his party meets for a conference next week.