Germans feel that there’s a high global security threat, according to the latest ARD Deutschlandtrend poll. Seven out of ten consider the threat to peace and security in Europe to be very serious or serious, much higher than five years ago, and the result appears to be more support for NATO and the EU.

Germany is building up its military, and at record speed. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Chancellor Olaf Scholz created a special fund of €100 billion ($108 billion) especially allocated for the modernization of the Bundeswehr. Most of that money is currently tied up in orders for heavy military equipment.

Meanwhile, the German military is to be restructured so that it is ready for an emergency — in other words, in the event that Germany is attacked.