German military revamp ‘too sluggish,’ says commissioner
14 March 2023 | 3:14 pm
Military commissioner Eva Högl called for an additional €300 billion in funding for Germany's Bundeswehr. She said that the force needed more soldiers and that little progress had been made on the enlistment of women.
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