In Germany, the defense minister’s wishes do not go through at all

TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP (FILES) In this September 7, 2022 file photo, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht takes part in a debate on the 2023 federal budget in the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin. – A video address by the German defense minister, recorded on the streets of Berlin amid chaotic New Year’s celebrations, received criticism on 2 January 2023 for its tone-deaf message. Barely audible over the sound of exploding fireworks, Christine Lambrecht reflected on a year that ended with “the war raging in the middle of Europe”. The conflict in Ukraine had led to “a lot of special experiences” and the chance for “many meetings with amazing and interesting people”, Lambrecht said in the clip on her personal Instagram account. (Photo: Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

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Christine Lambrecht, German Minister of Defense, did not convince with her New Year’s greetings.

INTERNATIONAL – Hair in the wind and fireworks in the background… Already weakened by blunders, the German Minister of Defense, Christine Lambrecht, was again criticized on Monday, January 2, after the broadcast of her wishes barely audible and his remarks considered inappropriate about the war in Ukraine .

The video is only one minute long, but was deemed so unsuccessful that the Social Democratic minister has again come under calls for his resignation from the conservative opposition and German media.

Appearing there in the center of Berlin, battered by gusts of wind, the minister evokes the war in Ukraine between two explosions of fireworks and fireworks, which are especially popular among Germans to celebrate the new year.

“Simply shameful”

“A war is raging in the middle of Europe. I was able to draw many special impressions from it.”also slips the minister on the subject of the Russian invasion, provokes “many, many meetings with interesting and wonderful people”. “For that I say a big thank you”.

“Doubts about his suitability for this position have existed for a long time. It is now time for the chancellor to face the consequences.”criticizes Berlin daily on Monday Tagesspiegel.

“The New Year’s speech recorded by mobile phone and barely intelligible due to the firework flares and the absence of a microphone on a sidewalk in Berlin would have already been embarrassing for a volunteer village mayor – for a defense minister a member of NATO is simply shameful. “is offended Picturethe country’s most widely read daily newspaper.

Pressed with questions during a regular press briefing, the Ministry of Defense spokesman was content to state that it was one “private video”performed without “official resource” and posted on his Instagram account.

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The minister has accumulated disappointments in 2022, regularly attracting ridicule and criticism, such as when she announced the dispatch of thousands of helmets to Ukrainians who instead expected deliveries of heavy weapons from Germany.

Christine Lambrecht has also embodied, in the eyes of the Ukrainian regime, but also the Germans, the shortcomings of an army whose equipment is obsolete. Thus, in mid-December, Berlin had to suspend new orders for Puma armored vehicles after a series of accidents affecting armored vehicles already in use by the army.

The minister’s wishes with New Year’s fireworks in the background are fair “to top his streak of embarrassment”condemns Serap Güler, who is responsible for defense issues within the CDU.

By keeping his minister, Chancellor Olaf Scholz “Is he really interested in Germany’s influence in Europe and in the world?”adds Armin Laschet, unsuccessful candidate in 2021 to succeed Angela Merkel.

Daily Suddeutsche Zeitungthe minister’s repeated mistakes “constitutes a large mortgage loan” for an army that had to modernize and regain strategic importance in wartime.

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