German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, weakened by a series of blunders, sent her resignation letter to Chancellor Olaf Scholes to the press on Monday. His successor is still unknown.
“The media’s focus on my person for months does not allow for objective reports and discussions about the direction of defense policy for the benefit of the soldiers, the Bundeswehr (German army) and the German citizens,” laments Christine Lambrecht in her statement. In this case, “I have requested the President today to relieve me from the post of Defense Minister,” he added.
Germany is under pressure
As Germany plans to invest 100 billion euros to modernize its military following the war in Ukraine, “the valuable work of soldiers and many other motivated people must be at the forefront,” he says.
The resignation comes at a time when Germany is once again pushing for tanks to Ukraine. A meeting of Western allies around the US will take place on Friday at the US base in Ramstein. New aid to Russia-occupied Ukraine is to be announced on this occasion.
He comes from the Merkel government
Christine Lambrecht, 57, a Social Democratic justice minister in Angela Merkel’s previous coalition government, has made a series of missteps since the war in Ukraine began on February 24. When Volodymyr Zelensky’s regime asked for heavy weapons, he drew criticism from Kiev by announcing the export of 5,000 helmets.
A video of him taking his vows in early January also earned him ridicule and criticism. The minister appeared in the center of Berlin, battered by high winds, sparking a war between the two fireworks and firecrackers in Ukraine, especially where Germans are famous for celebrating the New Year.
“There is a war going on in the middle of Europe. I was able to draw many specific impressions from it”, and the minister slipped about the Russian invasion, prompting “many, many meetings with interesting and powerful people”. “For that, I give you a big thank you.”
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