Future German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius will be sworn in on Thursday. The 62-year-old official succeeds Christine Lambrecht, who asked for her dismissal earlier this week after months of criticism for several unfortunate events that have undermined her public image.
This is how Pistorius received his appointment: “The tasks ahead of the Bundeswehr (German army) are enormous. (…) The Bundeswehr can count on me to lead them whenever necessary. I want to make the Bundeswehr strong for the times to come.”
Pistorius, who did military service in the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces in the early 1980s, is a native of Osnabrück, like Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who was celebrating the appointment.
“He is not only a friend and a good politician, but also someone who has a lot, a lot of experience in security policy, who has worked very openly and closely with the Bundeswehr, also in his previous position, and who also has the strength and the serenity necessary for such a great task in view of the current change of times.”
Until now, Pistorius has been Minister of the Interior of the Lander of Lower Saxony. Criticism of his inclusion in the federal cabinet has come from the conservative CDU/CSU. The Union accuses the future Minister of Defense of lacking experience.