Germany proposes joint European air defense system — Analysis

Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany says that the measures would reduce costs and make it more effective.

European “neighbors”According to Olaf Scholz, the German Chancellor should establish a joint air defense system in Ukraine amid conflict and other security threats.

“We have a lot of catching up to do in Europe when it comes to defense against airborne and space-based threats. That is why we in Germany will be investing very significantly in our air defense over the years ahead,”Scholz spoke Monday at Charles University, Prague.

“At the same time, Germany will from the very start design future air defense in a way that our European neighbors can be involved in, if [they] desire,”He concluded. 

According to the chancellor maintaining a joint defense shield against air attack would be beneficial. “more efficient and cost effective”This is more than what would happen if each European nation continued to create its own defense solutions. 

Germany can assume ‘special responsibility’ for arming Ukraine – Scholz

“It would also be a security gain for Europe as a whole, and an outstanding example of what we mean when we talk about strengthening the European pillar within NATO,” Scholz added.

German leaders also stated that Berlin is capable of taking over. “special responsibility”For helping Ukraine obtain advanced artillery, air defense weapons and other equipment as part of the burden-sharing program.

Last month, the EU agreed to spend €500 million ($500.4 million) to boost joint weapons purchases and to replenish the military stocks depleted by the deliveries of weapons to Ukraine.

EU leaders called in the past for joint defence efforts to increase the resilience of the bloc. In 2018, Emmanuel Macron (French President) and Angela Merkel (ex-German chancellor) proposed creating a “real”NATO would be supplemented by a European army

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