0717 GMT November 14, 2018
It seems that global developments stemming from the consequences of “Trumpism” are unfolding on a daily basis. Fresh news is also spreading about the concerns of countries over their security issues.
In fact, “Trumpism” has caused massive changes in the world’s political geography.
Recently, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen adopted tough stances against President Donald Trump’s hostile approaches towards Berlin. Germany has also stressed that it will make independent policies and decisions in the wake of Trump’s rhetoric, particularly in military fields.
In its Sunday’s edition, Welt am Sonntag, a major national newspaper, called on Germany to create an arsenal of nuclear weapons. The call was made in an article by Christian Hacke, a leading academic with close ties to leading figures in the government, the military and the foreign policy establishment.
Germany’s military and security officials have serious concerns about the national security of their country for two reasons.
The first is Trump’s continued attacks against Germany’s political, economic and security establishments and his attempts to promote racism in the European nation in a bid to put the Merkel government on the verge of collapse.
The second pertains to US decisions to cut its military support for Germany.
Lately, the German defense minister voiced concern about the recent summit between Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin which was held in Helsinki.
Ursula von der Leyen told Germany’s influential weekly news magazine Der Spiegel that no one knows what the two presidents discussed and agreed on.
Christian Hacke’s call for the creation of an arsenal of nuclear weapons in Germany drew some protests. However, many of the senior political and military officials in Germany insist that the country must regain its military might to boost its national security.
Earlier, Der Spiegel said the deputies of defense commissions of the Christian Democratic Union and the liberal Free Democrat parties in parliament called for increasing Germany’s military spending to four percent and promoting its defense capabilities.
It should be taken into consideration that Germany’s strategic desire to regain its military might and become a superpower stems from public demand.
Presently, Germany is Europe’s largest economy and a top world exporter. Likewise, it plays a leading role in formulating the political plans of the European Union. Furthermore, Germany has made preparations to receive a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. This means that Germany practically needs a powerful and efficient army to turn into a superpower.
*Hossein Ziaee is an Iranian journalist based in Germany.