National Security Strategy for Germany

The German Federal Government presented the country’s first National Security Strategy on Wednesday. The product of 15 months of negotiations, the document aims to address and interlink all internal and external threats to Germany’s security and thus make it easier for the country to combat crises. What are its chances of success?

Causeur (FR) /

A strong signal

Germany is demonstrating its strength on the international stage, Causeur observes:

“The publication of the National Security Strategy as the first of its kind is a strong signal of Germany’s official return to the concert of European and global powers — not as a financier and manufacturer of machines, but as a force with a significant military dimension. And this is a fact that deserves to be emphasised.”

Gil Mihaely
Zeit Online (DE) /

Lack of priorities

The German government’s concept of security is too broad to allow any meaningful distinctions, criticises Zeit Online:

“Access to food, the resilience of democratic institutions, access to personal data, industry supply chains, biodiversity — all these touch on the security of our way of life. ... Strategic thinking defines priorities. ... Declaring anything and everything feasible and achievable and then sticking the label strategy on it is a contradiction in terms. Let’s be clear: this is not a strategy document but an affirmation that we are the good guys, that we are committed to all good things and that we wish all people well.”

Jörg Lau (IT) /

Glaring gaps

The online newspaper bemoans the lack of a clear position on China:

“When examining the German government’s new National Security Strategy one must read between the lines. What is most interesting is what is missing. The word Taiwan — probably the greatest security policy challenge of the coming years — does not appear once in the document’s more than 70 pages. The strengthening of relations between China and Russia a few days before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not addressed. ... For China, the definition of the EU is reiterated: (negotiating) partner, (economic) competitor and systemic rival.”

Carrer Gabriele