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Scholz’s Push to Make Germany a Real Military Force Hits Trouble

A vote on the German chancellor’s defense fund had to be postponed because parties failed to agree on how the money should be spent.

Military exercises at a combat training center in Letzlingen, northern Germany.

Military exercises at a combat training center in Letzlingen, northern Germany.

Photographer: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images

Chancellor Olaf Scholz signature policy to boost Germany’s military prowess is struggling to get off the ground.

Back in February, the 63-year-old chancellor vowed to end decades of military underfunding with a debt-financed 100 billion euro ($105 billion) defense package, dismantling the tenets on which German foreign policy long-rested since World War II.