Politisches System Deutschlands
The start of Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine came as a shock for many observers in the international community, and it certainly had an enormous impact on the security perception of politicians in some of Europe’s most important states, including Germany. Due to the political, economic, and security decisions of past and current governments, Berlin found itself in an especially challenging situation. One of the key areas where answers had to be given and decisions to be made was the state of the German Armed Forces (the Bundeswehr). Decades of underfunding and equipment reduction left the Bundeswehr barely able to defend the country in case of an armed conflict. To the surprise of many, within a few days an ambitious plan was put forward by Germany’s tri-party coalition government that, if thoroughly seen through, might lead to the creation of a potent, capable, rejuvenated Bundeswehr.