Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner on the future of the army, the resistance in the apparatus and her “ZiB 2” appearance.
The Press: Your chief of staff has a background discussion this week presented a plan, which comes relatively close to the abolition of the army as we know it. Why didn’t you do it yourself? And did you even know about it?
Klaudia Tanner: Yes, I knew. Right from the start, we thought about how we would implement the government program. That was the start of this great reform process. We started this week to intensify the discussions – also with the general staff. I didn’t become a minister so that everything stays as it was.
But in the end you rowed back.
I never row back. I am used to marching through.
Was something wrong said during the background discussion?
Such talks take place again and again with representatives of the General Staff. I was not there for this specific one.
There it was said that national defense is no longer a core competence of the army.