The arms race in the Bundestag

It is difficult to say which is more disgusting in the debate in the German parliament, the Bundestag: the contributions of the participants or the media coverage.

Budget deliberations in the Chancellery are traditionally used as a public debate about the policies of the federal government. That was the case again on Wednesday. Opposition leader Friedrich Mers (Christian Democratic Union) and Chancellor Olaf Schulz (SPD) agreed with everything the other said regarding the fiercest rhetoric of war. Like two bullies exchanging headbands, both promised to send more deadly weapons to Ukraine and to make the Bundeswehr the strongest armed forces in Europe.

CDU/CSU parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz during a speech in the Bundestag [Photo de DBT / Xander Heinl / photothek] [Photo by DBT / Xander Heinl / photothek]

Merz opened the discussion by thanking the “tricolor” coalition of the SPD, Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party, with whom the CDU and the Christian Social Union agreed last Sunday on the design of the “Liberal Democratic Party Special Fund”. Bundeswehr (German Army)” with €100 billion. “Last Sunday was and still is a good day for our country’s alliance and its defensive capabilities, and it’s a good day for the Bundeswehr,” he said.

Then the beautiful Schulz returned. He thanked everyone who contributed to this decision “constructively and across party lines as well.” It was a “giant leap,” he said: “The Bundeswehr would then probably have the largest conventional army in the European NATO system.”

After lip service to his basic agreement with the government’s rearmament policy, Meretz began to violently attack the chancellor. He said Schultz “issued a high-level government statement” on February 27 that said a promise “Changing the times” and the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine. “Since then, everything I said there has evaporated and evaporated into obscurity, into a blur.”

He said that the promised heavy weapons had not yet been delivered to Ukraine. The chancellor was destroying the reputation of German politics. He was a liar, a hypocrite and dishonest. He did not intend to build a “European security architecture”. Instead of “Ukraine must win this war,” it just says, “Russia must not win this war.” It lasted for minutes.

Schulz responded by listing the large quantities of arms and ammunition that Germany supplied to Ukraine in the hundred days after the war began: anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank weapons, “more than 15 million rounds, 100,000 grenades, more than 5,000 anti-tank mines, numerous explosives, machine guns, and dozens of trucks.” Filled with other “useful goods.” Together with Denmark, it supplied “54 modern armored personnel carriers” and “20 T-72 battle tanks” from the Czech Republic and armored personnel carriers from Greece, which Germany replaced.

In addition, there were “twelve of the world’s most modern self-propelled howitzers” and Gibbard anti-aircraft tanks, on which Ukrainian soldiers were currently training: “This weapon comes with an initial supply of 59,000 rounds; it is enough for 1200 combat operations.”

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