This article is the English version of Hans Stark,
« La politique de défense de l’Allemagne : un tournant historique ? », published in Politique étrangère, Vol. 87, Issue 3, 2022.
In an extraordinary about-turn, the invasion of Ukraine has forced Germany to abandon its “culture of restraint” and to increase its defense spending dramatically. Berlin has even abandoned its principles of not exporting arms to countries at war and has announced that it is sending thousands of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to Kyiv, to be followed by tanks and rocket launchers.