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Government's Militarization Drive Polarizes Germany

The intent to make Germany “war-ready” through an unprecedented militarization of the economy, which Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced at the end of November, along with a doubling of military aid to Ukraine in 2024, has won fervent applause from the geopolitical current of the country’s elites, but also provoked harsh protests.

Thus, when vice chairman of the Free Democrats Wolfgang Kubicki told the Die Welt that re-introduction of military service shouldn’t be ruled out, it met with immediate protest by another leading member of his own party: Christian Dürr, the leader of the FDP Bundestag group, who highlighted the “serious interference with the freedom of young people” and a policy that would not improve the country’s defense in a short time, in her comments to the media group Funke.

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