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CDU managing director Frei: Europe has “no right” to security from the USA

2024-02-27T19:24:44.727Z

Highlights: CDU managing director Frei: Europe has “no right” to security from the USA. Frei wants a more competitive EU and is calling for “less dirigisme and less bureaucracy” in the run-up to the European elections on June 9th. The CDU and CSU accuse the traffic light coalition of providing too little and too slow military support for Ukraine. The recent rejection by Chancellor Olaf Scholz of the delivery of Taurus cruise missiles caused harsh criticism.



As of: February 27, 2024, 8:07 p.m

By: Moritz Maier

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Union politician Thorsten Frei is calling for the EU to rethink its approach.

Frei says it doesn't matter who the next US president is - his focus will not be on Europe or Russia.

Berlin – The European elections are just around the corner, but a different vote is often the most important topic of conversation among politicians at the moment.

Because: A new US president will be elected in November.

Donald Trump has made no secret of his desire to reduce support for Europe and NATO as the next president.

But the Europeans can no longer rely on the likely other candidate Joe Biden, said the Union's First Parliamentary Managing Director in the Bundestag, Thorsten Frei, in an interview with

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Against the backdrop of the Ukraine war: CDU politician criticizes the EU's defense budget for being too small

Frei wants a more competitive EU and is calling for “less dirigisme and less bureaucracy” in the run-up to the European elections on June 9th.

European security policy, which needs to become more independent, is also important for the CDU's number two in the Bundestag.

“It’s about relevance, but also very practical questions, such as how weapon systems fit together, how European armies are coordinated and can complement each other.”

Frei is particularly annoyed by the unequal defense budgets between the EU and the USA.

“We in the EU are proud that the member states will increase their spending on security and defense from 250 to 300 billion.

For comparison: the smaller economy of the USA has a defense budget of 877 billion euros.”

CDU politician Thorsten Frei: Europe must not rely on security from the USA

The CDU politician is therefore calling for a massive increase in defense spending in Germany.

Because, according to his argument, the Americans' military protective shield is becoming smaller.

“We cannot rely on the United States alone to ensure our security.

Incidentally, we have no right to this at all.” Frei still believes that close cooperation with the United States is important, but he predicts that the USA will withdraw more and more from European affairs.

“It goes without saying that an American president – ​​whatever his name is – attaches importance to ensuring that the Americans do not pay for European security,” Frei said in an interview.

“There has been a shift in emphasis in the USA for years – away from Europe and towards the Indo-Pacific.

Because the number one rival is China, no longer Russia.

And that is the case regardless of who the president is.” Therefore, Europe must bear its own share, because the Americans will make their own decisions.

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Frei criticizes Chancellor Olaf Scholz's lack of support for Ukraine

Frei's described development of the USA against the background of the Russian attack on Ukraine is explosive.

The USA is by far Kiev's biggest supporter.

Frei and the Union have been calling for more money and weapons for Ukraine, as well as for the domestic Bundeswehr, for months.

The CDU and CSU accuse the traffic light coalition of providing too little and too slow military support for Ukraine.

The recent rejection by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) of the delivery of Taurus cruise missiles caused harsh criticism in parts of the opposition.

“You have to say clearly: the Chancellor’s hesitation and hesitation is costing lives,” says Frei about Scholz’s Ukraine policy.

The federal government must “finally provide the arms industry with orders, otherwise the companies cannot produce.

It’s about weapons for Ukraine, but also about our own Bundeswehr stocks.”

Source: merkur

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