In recent years both NATO and Russia have increasingly engaged in deterrence through rearmament and threats against each other rather than working for common security allover Europe through confidence and security building measures, arms control, and disarmament.
The German Federal Government plans to nearly double the military spending to two percent of German economic output (GDP). So it was agreed in NATO.
Two percent, or at least a further 30 billion euros, that are missing in the civilian sector. This includes schools and day-care centers, social housing, hospitals, public transportation, municipal infrastructure, retirement provisions, ecological reconstruction, climate justice, and international aid for empowerment and capacity building.
Furthermore, there is no debate regarding security policies which require an additional large amount for military rearmament. Instead, we need more resources for conflict prevention than the main objective of foreign and development policy.
The military does not solve problems. Stop it. An alternative policy is needed.
We want to start with this: stop military rearmament, reduce tensions, build mutual trust, create perspectives for development and social security, a détente policy also with Russia, negotiate and disarm.
These insights will be spread throughout our society. We want to help avert a new Cold War.
No increase in military expenditure – disarming is the order of the day
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