Deutsches Forum Sicherheitspolitik

#DFS2024: The Cost of Security: Financing the Zeitenwende

Die Verteilung finanzieller Mittel spielt eine wichtige Rolle in Krisenzeiten. Doch wie geht eine Regierung mit begrenzten Ressourcen um? Foto: pixapay/ds_30

Every Thursday morning, DGAP’s Research Institute brings together experts and high-level guests to discuss the latest developments in foreign affairs. As part of the the DFS 2024, the morning briefing on 16 May will focus on financial and budgetary questions related to the military dimension of the Zeitenwende.

Ever since Chancellor Olaf Scholz first spoke of this sea change on February 27, 2022, the German government has been struggling to live up to its own expectations – let alone those of its Western allies and Ukrainians. Strategic objectives seem to be out of synch with industrial and financial realities in Germany and Europe. Our panelists will discuss industrial needs, budgetary constraints, and the broader political context in the run-up to the elections for the European Parliament in June.

The morning briefing is provided by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik - German Council on Foreign Relations.


  • Bettina Hagedorn, Member of the Bundestag for the SPD and Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee
  • Hans Christoph Atzpodien, Chief Executive Officer of the German Security and Defense Industry Association (BDSV) 
  • Christian Mölling, Head of the Center for Security and Defense, DGAP

Chair: Henning Hoff, Executive Editor of Internationale Politik Quarterly

Date: Thursday, 16 May 2024, 08:30 - 09:30 CEST (Berlin)
Format: Online discussion via Zoom
Language: English
Registration: Please click here for your registration via ZOOM.

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