Is Germany building an aircraft carrier? The new CDU chairman Anne Kramp-Karrenbauer has caused a lot of trouble with her push for a new European defence project. There was even a photo collage on internet with a troop of soldiers carrying a tornado on their hands.
Seen soberly, Germany might not really want to participate in such a project at the moment. There is simply no financial room for manoeuvre. Although defence funding will continue to rise in 2020, not to such an extent that other European megaprojects would have to be financed in addition to the already endangered major German projects. Nevertheless, the debate initiated by Mrs Kramp-Karrenbauer can be regarded as positive: So the politician puts her finger deep into the wound! And at the right time.
At present, Europe is anything but a stable defence alliance: it lacks the common will, determination and strategy – and, ultimately, the necessary equipment to enable the continent to defend itself. Without NATO, that is a fact, Europe is not strong enough to defend itself. It also means that Europe will continue to depend on the United States for defence. After all, the threats are not diminishing: Russia continues to cause unrest on Europe’s eastern border. In the Middle East, peace is a long way off. And on the Asian continent, not least India and Pakistan are causing serious conflicts alongside North Korea.