Katja Hoyer Katja Hoyer

Will Germany now become a serious military power again?

Germany's Army Chief has said he is 'pissed off' at the state of the country's military (Getty images)

The Chief of the German Army is angry. Alfons Mais’s words were coloured by evident frustration when he said that the Bundeswehr had been ‘caught with its pants down’ in the current crisis in Ukraine: 

‘The options we can offer politicians to support the alliance are extremely limited’

Such outspoken political criticism is rare from high-ranking German military figures, which gave Mais’s rant even more resonance.

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