Sophia Besch, Senior Policy Fellow, European Centre for Reform
Sergey Lagodinsky, Member of the European Parliament and Russia policy speaker of the Greens/EFA Group
Nils Schmid, Member of the Bundestag and foreign policy speaker of the SPD
Jana Puglierin, Head of office & Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR Berlin
Breaking with tradition, Chancellor Scholz announced that the German government intends to surpass the goal of committing 2% of GDP on defence spending, and pledged to establish a special fund of €100 billion which is to be rooted in the German constitution.
But there’s a long road ahead for pushing this agenda through. This discussion will cover the following questions:
- Why did it take Germany so long to come to this decision?
- How did the traffic light coalition push it through seemingly over night?
- What are the political ramifications – will this be the birth of a geopolitical Germany?