Bundeswehr must be ‘fit for war,’ says German defense minister
02 November 2023 | 3:58 pm
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has said that the country's military must become combat-ready quickly. But that will require a major long-term overhaul, and experts doubt that will be easy.
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