German Minister of Defense became a man who called for the confiscation of the property of Russian oligarchs
The Minister of the Interior of the Lower Boris Pistorius of Saxony will become the new Federal Minister of Defense, reports the ARD channel.
He has been the Minister of the Interior and Sports of Lower Saxony since 2013 and before that he worked at the municipal level, was the mayor of the city of Osnabrück. Member of the SPD since 1976.
Pistorius was considered one of the most popular ministers in Lower Saxony because of his straightforwardness, Spiegel notes. In recent years, he has also been the most visible of the SPD's interior ministers, well connected to the security forces and intimately familiar with refugee policy.
In his new position, Pistorius faces enormous challenges. The state of the troops is described as deplorable, and given the Russian attack on Ukraine, there is an urgent need to restructure the Bundeswehr. The Ministry of Defense is also considered very resistant to change.
Pistorius has previously called for the confiscation of the property of Russian oligarchs.
“We must follow the example of Canada and not only freeze the assets of the oligarchs who are on the EU sanctions list against Russia, but also confiscate them and use them for humanitarian assistance and the reconstruction of Ukraine,” Pistorius said in the early summer of 2022.
At the same time, he defended Chancellor Olaf Scholz against criticism that he was too hesitant when it came to Russia's war against Ukraine. Scholz does a good job that always ends up being right, he said.
With the appointment of Pistorius, the government is no longer gender balanced. Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at the beginning of his tenure that men and women each make up half of society – and therefore women should also have half of the power. In the coalition, even before the announcement of a new appointment to the SPD, voices were heard that parity should continue to be maintained. If Scholz wants to maintain parity, another government reshuffle will be needed.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich