The Greens have traditionally been cautious when it comes to defense. Chief Baerbock is now demanding more money for the Bundeswehr and talking about a stronger common European commitment in defense policy.
Berlin (dpa) – Green leader Annalena Baerbock has called for a stronger common European commitment in defense policy. “Europe has been revolving around itself for years, the Trump administration has turned its back on the world.
The resulting gap is being filled by authoritarian states, ”she told the“ Süddeutsche Zeitung ”(Monday). Regarding the dispute over German arms spending, Baerbock said: “We need to talk about a strategic realignment first, and then about spending. It must also include NATO’s capabilities and specific burden-sharing. A theoretical goal of two percent doesn’t really help. “
NATO has set itself the goal of having each member state invest 2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) in its armed forces and equipment. Germany does not want to achieve more than 1.5 percent by 2024.
Baerbock also wants to campaign for a new US government to withdraw nuclear bombs from Germany. “With the new US administration there is hope again to talk about nuclear disarmament,” said Baerbock of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.
US President Barack Obama’s administration had already begun stronger disarmament efforts to move closer to a world without nuclear weapons. And yes, for me that includes the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from Germany. We also need to talk to our allies about this, ”said Baerbock. “We cannot just say that we are returning the US nuclear weapons to the US.”
About 20 atomic bombs are said to have been stored at Büchel airbase in the Eifel, to be dropped by the Bundeswehr’s “tornado” fighter jets in an emergency. This is Germany’s contribution to NATO’s nuclear deterrent. In addition to the Greens, the leaders of the SPD are also calling for the withdrawal of nuclear weapons. The Union is firmly against it.
Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for his vision of a world without nuclear weapons. His then-Vice President Joe Biden will be sworn in on July 20 as the new US president and replace Donald Trump.