Neither the content nor the timing of the communication offensive should be a coincidence, the addressee of the requests to speak is also clear – and this is where it starts to get interesting.

A year ago, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) proclaimed a “turning point” in German foreign, security and defense policy, which still needs to be implemented, particularly with regard to the Bundeswehr – and according to all that is known, with additional costs running into the billions will be taken into account. How deep you can actually dig into the till is part of the ongoing budget planning for 2024, which already gives reason to expect fierce distribution battles. So one is related to the other. And someone will probably have to back down.

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