On Monday, the first german soldiers began their travel to Lithuania. In future, a brigade of the german army will be permanently stationed there. This marks the beginning of what will be the largest direct foreign activity of the German military since the Second World War.

A total of 4,800 German soldiers should be permanently stationed in Lithuania. This has already been decided by the representatives of German imperialism and its implementation has now begun with the sending of the first stationed soldiers. In contrast to previous Bundeswehr deployments, there will be no rotation of different German troops; instead, a certain number of soldiers will be permanently deployed to Lithuania and will live there in future. The German soldiers will also be able to take their families with them, who will be provided with housing, schools, work and free time activities. The plan is to have enough ammunition depots, training areas, living quarters as well as schools and kindergartens by 2026. In 2027, the target of 4,800 permanently stationed German soldiers, plus their families, should be reached. It will be similar like the permanent stationing of American troops in Yankee bases on german territory. But the important difference is that Germany is an imperialist nation and Lithuania is not.

While Defense Minister Pistorius is giving himself a high five for implementing his own plans, there is also criticism of the project. The spokesman for the CDU/CSU faction in the german parliament, Jürgen Hardt, expressed doubts about the realization of the financing of the foreign stationing. It should be noted here that the CDU/CSU parliamentary group is currently in opposition and it is the practice of every bourgeois party to organize a puppet show while in opposition and to criticize every action of the government, although when theyself are in government they often make the same decisions and resolutions. But the question of financing is in fact an important question, which is also acknowledged by representatives of the government. According to Pistorius, the cost of maintaining a combat and operational brigade in Germany is 3 million euros per month. On top of this, there will be additional costs for foreign allowances, transportation and extra costs for additional material. In connection with the permanent stationing of German troops in a foreign countrie, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, Eva Högl (SPD), spoke of a "real act of strength" and said clearly. "Of course, the construction of the brigade will tear " big holes in the budget of the german state." These holes will of course be plugged, but, as is always the case, primarily the working class will take the costs.

The financing of the military plans of German imperialism is hitting the working class in Germany. But, it will hit the masses in Lithuania much harder. The task of the government in Lithuania will be, to create the necessary infrastructure for the German military presence. This will involve a huge financial project which, according to the Lithuanian Minister of Defense, Laurynas Kasciunas, will cost as much as 800 euros. At the moment, there is no plan where the money needed to finance these costs will come from. Former Lithuanian Defense Minister Anusauskas openly stated that they will look for additional sources of funding. They will find these sources in the area of social expenditures. Wherever the money will actually go in some way to the people they will take it. The German imperialism wants to station his troops permanently in Lithuania, and in order to achieve this, the Lithuanian lackey government, which is selling out the country, is plunging into a major financial project that will plunge the masses of people in their country into misery.


Then there is also the significance that this project will have for the other imperialists. On the one hand, the permanent stationing of German troops in lithuania serves the goal of the Yankees to surround and defeat their only nuclear rival, Russia, in the long term. On the other hand, it also serves Germany's goals of restoring its military capabilities to their "former greatness" and playing a stronger role on the international military stage. This is all part of its ambition to become a superpower again, which will also sharpen the contradictions with its allies, the USA and France, in the future. At the same time this also means a further provocation and threat to Russian imperialism, to which they must react in some way.


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