Secretary of Defense
Lambrecht successor: calls for political heavyweight
Just recently, the chancellor called Christine Lambrecht a “first-rate defense minister.” The successor debate is now underway, even before an official resignation.
In the event of a resignation of Secretary of Defense Christina Lambrecht (SPD), the former military commissioner Hans-Peter Bartels calls for a top-class successor. “Defense policy has now become existential for Germany; it’s no longer a political side issue,” the SPD politician told the editorial network Germany (RND). “The decision about the successor should be based on that. The chancellor needs someone with great political fighting weight.”
Other requirements he mentioned included organizational experience and: “A little love of armed forces is also part of it.” The former Bundeswehr Inspector General Hans-Peter von Kirchbach told the RND: “It would have to be a political heavyweight. What doesn’t matter is gender.”
Ambitious requirement profile
The Chairman of the Bundeswehr Association, André Wustner, demanded in the “Bild” newspaper a person who “can be placed across party lines” and who understands “the big picture”. In addition, the new person should “be able to integrate, be able to cold start, be knowledgeable, willing to reform and assertive”. Wüstner added: “Nobody expects magic to happen in the first few weeks, but a message of departure would be more important than ever.”
On Friday evening, several media reported unanimously that Lambrecht was about to resign from her ministerial post. There is no official confirmation for this so far. Lambrecht has been criticized for months, and the opposition Union has repeatedly demanded her resignation.