VThe demands of the Union parliamentary group for the “special fund” for the Bundeswehr say much more than the “Cologne Declaration”, in which the CDU and the CSU want to guide the country’s security policy. In its press release, the Union presents only what is well known, which it propagated when it was in government, even if it did not know how to transform it into government policy.
At best, what is new is that the Union can claim to have recognized the signs of the times even before Putin’s great war and therefore does not have to change much. Now more than ever, however, the CDU and CSU are reaching the limits set by the SPD, especially the Greens.
Union faction pushes for 2% target
This is what the “special fund” negotiations show, if you want to call them negotiations. All the fine words about more responsibility for Germany, the new role in Europe and the world, about readjustment and a turning point have so far lacked action, if there is not even a agreement on the equipment and the role of the Bundeswehr.
The Greens demonstrated it again this weekend. Investing hundreds of billions of euros in the Bundeswehr without consistently aligning with NATO goals is nothing more than a respite from decades of declining security policy. This is why the Union faction is pushing for the 2% target, which must be met at all times beyond the special fund.
We do not yet know how Friedrich Merz intends to assert himself against the resistance of the SPD and the Greens. Merz would like to make the vote on the amendment to the Basic Law a vote of confidence against Olaf Scholz. However, it could also be directed against the leader of the opposition, if he were to declare that he wanted to revolutionize German security policy but, at first, refused to give the Bundeswehr the money to do so. A trip to kyiv, on the other hand, is much more politically fruitful. Merz can overtake the Chancellor for the first time.