Christine Lambrecht has resigned as Germany’s defense minister following a much-criticized New Year’s eve message. Her year in office became a succession of minor scandals and statements that many saw as tone-deaf.
Germany’s Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), on Monday formally announced her resignation, following a weekend of speculation about her future.
Lambrecht had been under intense pressure over a video she posted on Instagram on New Year’s Day from the streets of Berlin, in which she attempted to recapitulate her experiences of the war in Ukraine but was almost drowned out by the noise of fireworks exploding around her.
Members of the opposition Christian Democratic Union (CDU) called out the message as tone-deaf and urged her to resign.