Seems Germany are doing massive U turns following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
It's funny (not funny haha) how I thought Merkle had been a good leader - and she was - but her decisions to go green and depend on Russian energy, to not to spend on defence (see article now below), and to take in 5m refugees without screening them first - all now appear to be massive political blunders.
Who would have thought so at the time?
BREAKINGGermany pledges massive boost to military spending
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has announced sharp hikes in the country's defence spending.
Speaking at an emergency session of the German parliament he said €100 billion ($113 bn) will be added to Berlin's military budget this year.
It means Germany will now spend more than 2% of its annual GDP on defence, a longstanding NATO target the country has previously failed to meet - despite pressure from the US, and in particular former President Donald Trump.
It's the latest in a string of policy reversals announced by Germany in the last few days, including its decision yesterday to start sending weapons directly to Ukraine.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says the world has "entered a new era" following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and that "there could be no other answer to Putin's aggression".https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-europe-60542877
17:37'One of the biggest shifts ever seen in German foreign policy'
BBC News, Berlin
Within a few days Vladimir Putin has managed to do what Nato allies have spent years trying to achieve: a massive increase of military spending in Germany.
German weapons for Ukraine. An additional $1.13 bn (£0.84 bn) for the German army. And a constitutional commitment to reach Nato’s military spending target of 2% of GDP.
This is arguably one of the biggest shifts ever seen in Germany’s post-war foreign policy. Before Thursday’s invasion of Ukraine, such a militaristic stance would have been unthinkable in Germany. Traditionally Germany focuses on diplomacy and dialogue, not military might, and historically there are deep economic and cultural links between Russia and Germany. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shocked and stunned Germany’s government and German voters. Olaf Scholz called Vladimir Putin inhumane and a warmonger, and pledged unwavering support for Ukraine. Judging by the applause and standing ovations for Ukraine in the German parliament, and the enormous anti-war demonstration in Berlin today, most Germans seem to agree with him.