Boris Pistorius, a German Defense Minister celebrated by the army

Boris Pistorius, a German Defense Minister celebrated by the army

By Peter April

Posted 2 hours ago, updated 1 hour ago

Boris Pistorius at a press conference in Berlin. BRITTA PEDERSEN / AFP.

PORTRAIT – Boris Pistorius succeeds Christine Lambrecht, who resigned after an embarrassing faux pas for Olaf Scholz’s government. His appointment was criticized by the Christian Democratic opposition.

He was not on the possible list of candidates in the German press. SPD state politician Boris Pistorius was appointed defense minister on Tuesday morning to replace Christine Lambrecht, who resigned the day before after missteps that damaged the image of the Scholz government and the Bundeswehr.

The 62-year-old new chief of the Bundeswehr has been Interior Minister of the state of Lower Saxony since 2013 and is best known for his expertise in internal security, where he is particularly concerned with the problems of hooliganism, refugee reception and Islamism. He also sits in the state parliament of the state capital of Hanover and was mayor of Osnabrück from 2006 to 2013.

Widowed and father of two daughters, he had since formed a couple with Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s ex-wife, Doris Schröder-Köpf, before they separated in 2022, German media recall.

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