According to the head of the CSU state group, Alexander Dobrindt, the planned special fund for the Bundeswehr could be approved this week.

"There is a possibility that we will complete the legislative process this week," said Dobrindt on Monday in the ZDF "Morgenmagazin".

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) said in the same program: "This can be done very quickly now, because the essential points have been agreed."

Then the list with the exact order plans for tanks, aircraft, ships and other Bundeswehr equipment, which is part of the legislative process, will also become public, Dobrindt said.

According to Lambrecht, this includes the entire range of night vision devices, radio equipment and heavy transport helicopters.

For ammunition alone, there is a need of 20 billion euros for the obligations in NATO.

"We can now get started if this special fund is available," said the SPD politician.

The NATO goal of spending two percent of gross domestic product on defense should not be regulated in the Basic Law, but in a separate upgrade law.

It does not have to be fulfilled every year, as both politicians explained, but on average every five years.

The SPD chairwoman Saskia Esken had made a similar statement to the FAS about the two percent target.

She cited the long lead times for armaments projects and irregular costs in procurement as the reason.

This should, for example, take account of the fact that purchases could be made in one year, but only have an impact in the following year.

"It can be more, sometimes less," explained Lambrecht.

Cyber ​​security and partner programs from the federal budget

The federal government had reached an agreement with the opposition CDU/CSU parliamentary group late on Sunday evening about the creation of a special fund of 100 billion euros for better equipment for the Bundeswehr.

Together, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP, as well as the Union parliamentary group, have the two-thirds majority required to anchor the debt-financed special fund in the Basic Law.

The money should only benefit the Bundeswehr.

Measures demanded by the Greens, for example to protect against digital attacks or to train partners, “are financed from the federal budget”.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock welcomed the agreement.

It is "a good compromise where we ensure that NATO can rely on us," said the Greens politician on Deutschlandfunk on Monday.

At the same time, "the great challenge of cyber defence, which we also have to tackle massively", has been legally anchored.

The coalition also promised that an economic plan with specific procurement projects for the Bundeswehr would be decided upon when the fund was set up.

"Its realization will be accompanied by an advisory body of the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag."

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) also expressed his satisfaction with the agreement.

Two goals have been achieved, said the FDP chairman of the German Press Agency: "First, we are strengthening the Bundeswehr in a one-time financial effort." "Second, we are ensuring solid state finances by maintaining the debt brake of the Basic Law." the constitution emphasizes the “special exceptional character” of the Bundeswehr.

This is important to combat inflation.