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Germany's military warned it has 'too little of everything' in face of World War 3 threat

Germany’s military as been warned it is not ready for war, as it doesn’t have enough equipment, despite growing World War 3 fears grow. The warning comes today, more than two years after a pledge by Olaf Scholz, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to increase funding for the Bundeswehr.

The country’s commissioner for the armed forces said military still has “too little of everything,” but progress is being made in securing new equipment nearly two years after a special fund was set up to modernise the Bundeswehr.

Days after Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged to increase Germany’s defence spending to a Nato target of 2 per cent of gross domestic product and set up the 100 billion euro special fund.

He said that the invasion marked a “turning point”.

Parliamentary commissioner Eva Hogl, who acts as an advocate of servicepeople’s interests in parliament and a liaison between legislators and the military, said the military is still not ready – despite a similar warning she issued a year ago.

Last year, she lamented the slow pace of modernisation and stressed the importance of replacing equipment that was given to Kyiv, reports AP.

Today, she told reporters in Berlin: “I must unfortunately observe that the Bundeswehr still has too little of everything.

“There is a lack of ammunition, of spare parts, of radio devices; there is a lack of tanks, of ships and of aircraft.”

However, she said, things are moving forward. Germany has become the second-biggest supplier of military aid to Ukraine after the US.

Legislators have approved defence contracts worth 47.7 billion euros, and plans have been made for two-thirds of the special military fund.

“This must be continued at high pressure and accelerated,” she added.

Hogl’s latest report noted that the military also has a personnel problem, with 181,514 servicepeople at the end of 2023 — 1,537 fewer than a year earlier.

“The Bundeswehr is aging and shrinking,” she said, though she acknowledged that “the issue of personnel has very clearly arrived on the political agenda”.


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