Germany: Armed forces must be ’best-equipped in Europe,’ Scholz says,

He said that in view of the situation, Germany’s military force must become Europe’s best-equipped.

”We are making it convincingly clear: Germany is ready to take on leading responsibility for the security of our continent,” he said.

”As the most populous country with the greatest economic power and as a country in the middle of the continent, our army must become the cornerstone of conventional defence in Europe: the best-equipped force in Europe,” he added.

Scholz said that Germany had long ”avoided really prioritizing the Bundeswehr’s tasks.” But, he said, although a good army could drill wells, give humanitarian assistance and help with vaccination during pandemics, that was not the ”core task.” […]

The German government was also ready to review reservations with regard to military export rules that affect joint defence projects, the chancellor said.

His remarks come as lawmakers from coalition partners the Green Party and the Free Democrats (FDP) are putting pressure on the Social Democrat (SPD) chancellor to deliver the battle tanks Kyiv has called for to help fight invading Russian forces. Läs artikel