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Germany Kowtows to US Demand for Military Build Up

The German Bundeswehr will be expanded by a total of 15,000 personel 

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Originally Appeared at German Economic News. Translated from the German by Susan Neumann

The German armed forces (Bundeswehr) is facing a massive buildup of jobs.  Fifteen-thousand new jobs are to be created. NATO has been calling for the expansion of Germany’s national armed forces for a long time now. The upgrade is necessary in order to protect Europe from Russia.

Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen (CDU), apparently wants to expand armed forces by creating 10,000 Bundeswehr jobs. The number of soldier positions is to increase by 7,000 and employed civilian positions are to increase by 3,000, according to the joint corporate newsroom, “Editor Network Germany”, on Saturday. As an added measure, there’s a goal to increase personnel jobs by a total of 15,000. Germany’s Ministry of Defence won’t confirm these numbers.

According to the report, the increase in defence spending is to counter new "troop challenges". Out of the current 185,000 posts, less than 179,000 are occupied.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said, however, that there have not yet been any decisions to increase the Bundeswehr. Decisions are not to be expected this month either, as an analysis of the situation is still underway.

The first stage of the Defence Ministry’s plan corresponds, among other things, to the claims made by the Commissioner of the German Bundestag, Hans-Peter Bartels (SPD), in his annual report: "The Bundeswehr has reached its limit".

A few weeks ago it was revealed that von der Leyen wanted to significantly increase spending plans for the troops by year 2030. She justifies the increase, among other things, with the Bundeswehr’s increasingly important role in international commitments.

And truly, for months NATO has been urging that the German states increase their military spending. The need for increased spending is justified by NATO’s new, anti-Russia doctrine, which dubs Russia a potential aggressor. The Bundeswehr has adjusted its own doctrine to fit that of NATO. Russia is perceived as an enemy, which is why military capabilities have to be strengthened in that direction.

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