Germany: resignation of the Minister of Defense, weakened by a series of blunders

Germany: resignation of the Minister of Defense, weakened by a series of blunders


German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, weakened by a series of blunders, presented her resignation to Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday, in a statement sent to the press.

The name of his or her successor is not yet known.

“The focus of the media on my person for months hardly allows for objective reporting and discussion of the soldiers, the Bundeswehr (the German army) and the directions of security policy in the interest of German citizens “, laments Christine Lambrecht in her statement.

In this context, “I asked the Chancellor today to relieve me of my duties as Minister of Defense”, she adds.< /p>

According to her, “the valuable work of the soldiers and the many motivated people must be at the forefront”, as Germany plans to invest 100 billion euros to modernize its army, following the war in Ukraine.

This resignation comes at a time when Germany is again under pressure to deliver tanks to Ukraine.

A meeting of Western allies, around the United States, will be held on Friday on the American base at Ramstein. New aid to Ukraine, invaded by Russia, should be announced on this occasion.

Aged 57, Ms. Lambrecht, Social Democratic Minister of Justice in the previous coalition government of Angela Merkel, has chained blunders since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24.

She had sparked criticism from Kyiv by announcing the shipment of 5,000 helmets, when Volodymyr Zelensky's regime was asking for heavy weapons.

A video in which she presented her wishes in early January had also earned her taunts and critics.

The minister appeared there in the center of Berlin, disheveled by gusts of wind, evoking the war in Ukraine between two explosions of firecrackers and fireworks, particularly popular with Germans to celebrate the New Year.

“A war is raging in the middle of Europe. I was able to draw many particular impressions from it”, slipped in addition the minister about the Russian invasion, evoking “many, many meetings with interesting and formidable people”. “For that, I say a big thank you.”