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Germany’s Security Revolution Is Already Stalling

By Alex Bollfrass

21 Apr 2022 · 6 min read

On the fourth day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz presided over an extraordinary session of parliament that appeared to overturn three decades of the country’s meek security policies. Times have changed, the lawmakers agreed, and Germany had to overcome its pacifism and policy of detente toward Russia.

In a show of unity across the mainstream parties, Scholz was applauded for announcing that his government would create a 100 billion euro (around $110 billion) special fund for Germany’s chronically underfunded and underequipped armed forces, which even a government press release described as currently unable to meet its “national and international duties.” The chancellor further promised that Germany would make good on its NATO obligation to spend 2 percent of its GDP on defense. (Last year, it didn’t even reach 1.5 percent.)

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