SPD leader Lars Klingbeil has called for better cooperation between politics and industry on defense and national security issues.
"We need a national pact for security: a large alliance of politics and industry so that Germany can defend itself adequately, we can fulfill our alliance tasks and at the same time deliver more weapons to the Ukraine," said Klingbeil of the Lower Saxony-based "Böhme-Zeitung". . Industry can do its part by expanding production capacities over the long term.
Above all, it is important that the 100 billion euro special pot for defense spending is used quickly - "not in the usual bureaucratic ways, but at record speed". When it comes to procurement, Germany must also work with the other EU countries to get better prices. Major military projects sometimes took longer - "but in the next five years, successes should be clearly visible," warned Klingbeil.