Matteo Smerlak

Dr Matteo Smerlak is the head of the Global Peace Dividend Initiative and research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig.

Germany’s response to the war on Ukraine


On 28 February, Chancellor Scholz announced the creation of a special €100bn fund to support the Bundeswehr. He also committed to raising Germany’s military spending to 2% of its GPD. This is a 35% overnight increase, and he proposed enshrining this figure in the constitution. The decision was applauded by Bundestag members and political commentators