German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen presented a major defence equipment spending package to the German parliament on 27 January, setting out EUR130 billion (USD142 billion) in defence procurement over the next 15 years.
Von der Leyen’s package includes not only the procurement of more systems and platforms, but also the overhaul and modernisation of existing platforms. In total the Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg) has identified about 1,500 individual measures it wants to take by 2030. Continue reading
While it’s common knowledge that China is on the rise, little do people see that Germany is back on the march. Germany is the merchant of the world and engine that runs the European Union, the largest economy in the world. It has recently in the last few years, via the economic crisis, subjugated and taken the national sovereignty out of countries that are hurting the most — all in exchange for kicking the can down the road (forced bailouts) until the next opportunity (crisis) arises to extort more out of the victim. Because it can throw is economic weight around and runs the Troika, it has the authority to do so. With this growing power, Germany will likely turn the EU bloc into the next world’s superpower.
Further integration among the EU members is being pushed, whether the citizens of each nation like it or not. Meanwhile, the USA cannot be relied upon and is definitely trusted less due to the ongoing NSA scandal, which is hypocritical for Germany to scoff at being that it has cooperated with the agency since the 1960’s. The USA has also done its part in encouraging Germany to increase its role in the world. From all this, a European Army is being born for its respective upcoming United States of Europe with the Fourth Reich at the helm. As we speak, EU members are integrating their militaries with their German counterparts and there is increasing demand among prominent figures across the bloc in calling for a new military structure.
Those who think China or Russia might be the next world’s superpower(s) might be in for a shock. In the end, even with the USA suiciding itself out of existence, nobody will still trust China or Russia to lead the world. The best case scenario for the two will be a multi-polar world where power and influence are shared.
So may scoff at the idea, but today’s jokes are often tomorrow’s reality. For now, all eyes should be on Deutschland.
BERLIN/BERGEN/MUNSTER (Own report) – The Bundeswehr is preparing prospective general staff officers for the invasion of foreign countries and the repression of civil unrest. Scenarios to this effect formed the basis of an informational training exercise for the military’s future commanders that ended last week. The large-scale maneuver, which involved a total of 3,500 soldiers and 700 ground and aerial vehicles – carried out in the close vicinity of the former Nazi Bergen-Belsen concentration camp – also exercised combat against insurgents in congested urban areas. Various surveillance drones and elite units specialized in “covert operations” as well as those specialized in psychological warfare were also in action. They trained using live ammunition. According to the German military, the exercise took the “reality” of past warfare into consideration, while anticipating “foreseeable challenges of the future.”