Anton Hofreiter criticizes Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: "Daring Ideas"

Green parliamentary leader Anton Hofreiter has sharply criticized the plans of Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer for a stronger military engagement of Germany in the world. "My impression is that this defense minister is above all defending herself," said Hofreiter of the German Press Agency. "In the last few weeks, she's lined up with daring, ill-considered and age-old ideas."


The complex international crises, however, need "well-thought-out and coordinated policies, of which this federal government is miles away," said the Green Party politician. "It always has to apply: Priority is given to diplomacy and civilian crisis prevention, which also means accepting responsibility." The undifferentiated call for more military is irresponsible. "


Kramp-Karrenbauer had called for increased deployment of the Bundeswehr against terrorism and the protection of its own interests. In a keynote address to the junior executives of the Bundeswehr in Munich, the CDU leader said she wanted to set up a National Security Council. It should coordinate instruments of diplomacy, military, business and trade, internal security and development cooperation.


The day before, the CDU politician had already made a strong commitment to greater use of the Bundeswehr abroad. She told the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" that in the future Germany must "openly deal with the fact that we – like every other country in the world – have their own strategic interests".


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