A prominent German politician has given a scathing assessment of his country’s drive to boost its military following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, arguing that any boost to its military would take half a century to complete if it continues at its current pace.
After a 107-page annual report on the state of the Bundeswehr was presented to parliament on Tuesday, the parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces, Eva Högl, also said that “not a single euro has been spent” of a 100 billion euro fund. euro approved by parliamentarians.
“I will start with the material topic and sum it up in one sentence: The Bundeswehr has too little of everything and has had even less since February 24, 2022. This applies to training, this applies to exercises and this also applies to ‘ground equipment,” revealed Eva Högl.
Last year, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz received a standing ovation in parliament when he announced the end of Germany’s anti-war tradition. The new policy included a commitment to NATO’s 2% of GDP defense spending target, as well as the new Special Military Fund.
Högl also questioned the achievement of the goal of recruiting 203,000 soldiers by 2031.
His criticisms join a chorus of lawmakers and officials who have called for faster supplies and funding for the military.
Despite a lack of spending on its own forces, Germany has sent large amounts of military aid to Ukraine over the past year and recently promised to send its much-sought-after Leopard 2 tanks.