Transforming the German Armed Forces for a European Future
Military power is back as a currency in world politics. A more European Bundeswehr is not a choice but a necessity.
The Bundeswehr is turning 60. While individuals that age may focus on their retirement, the armed forces of Germany face an uncertain future of significant change and greater activity. The international landscape of multiple crises demands more action. Instead of staring at the current crisis of the day, there is a need to react to those key crises that will have a long rem impact on German security policy: the Syria crisis, the Ukraine crisis, and the financial crisis. At the same time, these crises illustrate the three defining conditions German defense policy has to respond to: military power as an instrument of international politics is back; the internal external divide in security is increasingly invalid, the persistently stressed financial state demands that defense ministries continue to search for opportunities to use their means more efficiently via cooperation. Only through joint effort can Europe face the change in the European security order caused by Russia's use of military force against Ukraine.