Germany’s defense minister has come under fire for allowing his son to accompany him on a government helicopter on a trip over the Easter holidays.
Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht and her son Alexander, 21, flew in a Bundeswehr helicopter from Berlin to the island of Sylt in the north of the country during the Easter holidays in mid-April. Alexander later posts a photo of the flight on Instagram.
Lambrecht had previously visited troops stationed in Schleswig-Holstein’s Stadum by helicopter before sending her son on board to fly to the island of Sylt on holiday.
A spokesman for Germany’s defense ministry said Ms Lambrecht broke no rules by bringing a family member on board the helicopter and said she paid 100% of the cost of the flight.
However, the media and opposition members of the Bundestag sharply criticized Minister Lambrecht’s move. book page The mirror thinks it makes people “raise eyebrows” during dailies picture Question whether the holiday in the midst of the Ukraine crisis is really necessary.
The opposition MP Thorsten Frei from the CDU also criticized Ms. Lambrecht and said that she saw the German Air Force no differently than “Lufthansa”. “It is not appropriate to use military helicopters for personal purposes,” he said.
Bundestag member Reinhard Brandl, defense policy spokesman for the CSU, said Ms Lambrecht’s leave was inappropriate given the tense Ukraine conflict. “It is unacceptable that her son is boasting on Instagram that he was allowed to fly to Sylt in a government helicopter,” he said.
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