The German government has decided to adopt a national security strategy for the first time after months of negotiations. This decision was made during the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday, where the strategy document, comprising over 40 pages, was approved.
The fundamental idea behind the strategy is to comprehensively address both internal and external threats to Germany’s security, particularly in light of the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine and the increasingly assertive behavior of the Chinese government.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz, along with four of his ministers, is expected to officially present the document during a press conference. These ministers include Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock from the Green Party, Finance Minister Christian Lindner from the Free Democratic Party, Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, both from the Social Democratic Party.
In addition to military threats, the strategy also takes into account cyber attacks, potential attacks on critical infrastructure within the country, and climate change. However, there will be no structural reform in the decision-making process, as the coalition government led by Scholz has abandoned the formation of a national security council that would coordinate decisions related to security and foreign policy and provide operational guidance in crisis situations. This move has been a subject of debate for an extended period.
The adoption of a national security strategy reflects Germany’s commitment to ensuring its security and addressing emerging challenges effectively. The strategy serves as a comprehensive framework to assess and respond to both domestic and international threats, safeguarding the nation’s interests and promoting stability in an ever-changing global landscape.