17 Jan 2023

German defence minister resigns amid calls for more Ukraine support

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

The resignation of a German defence minister after a series of personal gaffes might not normally make the headlines here, but Christine Lambrecht’s ignominious departure comes at a key moment for Germany’s post-war approach to its armed forces

Europe’s largest economy is under pressure to beef up its military, a challenge to which Ms Lambrecht failed to rise, and to send more advanced weapons to Ukraine.

The immediate question; will Chancellor Olaf Sholz supply the battle tanks that could help give the Ukrainians the upper hand?