German opposition members are demanding the resignation of German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht due to a string of mistakes, the most recent of which was a speech given on New Year’s Eve that they deem to be embarrassing.
For a video address posted on social media that was shot on the busy New Year’s Eve streets of Berlin, Lambrecht faced harsh backlash. Her critics criticised her for what they perceived as its insensitive message.
Lambrecht claimed that 2022 had provided Germany with extraordinary challenges in the address, which she posted on her personal Instagram account.
She spoke over the sound of exploding fireworks, referring to the conflict that was taking place in the midst of Europe due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
She continued, “And coupled with that, for me, were very many special impressions that I was able to gain, many, many contacts with interesting and excellent people. “I sincerely thank you for that,” she said.
Guler commented on Twitter on Sunday, “The speech about the war with New Year’s Eve firecrackers in the backdrop just tops her series of embarrassments. “Therefore, the chancellor can be held accountable for each further minute that he continues to hold on to this minister and furthers harm our nation’s reputation.”
It’s not the first time that German Defence Minister has faced criticism.
Markus Soder, the head of the Christian Social Union, the CDU’s coalition partner, had already demanded her resignation in December.
He told the Bild tabloid, “With Ms. Lambrecht, it would simply be better if she resigned freely.” Anyone who struggles to purchase some American fighter jets while struggling to procure ammo is clearly unfit for the job.
Announcing that Germany will provide 5,000 helmets to Ukraine, whose government had requested heavy armaments to fend against Russia, the minister received jeers last year.
Her speech for the new year was deemed improper by the German media.
The Tagesspiegel newspaper criticised Lambrecht for making the war sound like a “exciting professional experience” in a piece titled “Lambrecht is no longer tenable as a minister.”
The one-minute broadcast “shamed” Germany, according to the Bild Daily newspaper.
The film was “inappropriate and embarrassing” in light of the conflict in Ukraine, according to Spiegel magazine.
In the wake of the conflict in Ukraine, German media questioned Lambrecht’s capacity to head an initiative by the continent’s largest economy to revitalise its long-forgotten armed forces.
A leader who “sparks joy and energy in defence policy, who spurs the ministry and the troops, and who exploits public attention to the benefit of the armed services” is what one would like to see for this protracted work, according to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.