Chancellor Olaf Scholz in front of a Leopard 2 main battle tank

The federal government is wasting time that Ukraine does not have.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Sedan Angela Merkel has described many of her policy decisions as “there is no alternative”, especially when things get serious. The location in the Ukraine it is very serious, as Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin made clear once again on Friday in Ramstein: Russia regroup your troops, recruit more soldiers and acquire new weapons. The Ukrainian president, looking increasingly weary and resigned, also warned allies to hurry up.

wanted chancellor Olaf Schölz To use the words of your predecessor, I would have to say that the rapid delivery of Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine is “no alternative”. Instead, he had his new defense minister, Boris Pistorius, say there was no even line between the allies on the issue of main battle tanks and that the federal government had not yet decided on a delivery.

>> Read here: Defense Minister Pistorius: there is no unified opinion on the issue of the battle tank

get back on your feet Germany like the brakeman who doesn’t even dare to let other countries pass German-made Leopard tanks. Instead of leading a coalition of the willing and showing Americans that Europe is resolutely defending their freedom, Scholz sticks to his procrastinator role.

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There may be good reasons against supplying Western main battle tanks, as Pistorius said in Ramstein. Perhaps the secret services know that the president of Russia Vladimir Putin you have drawn the red line here and then there is really a threat of an escalation of the war. Even if, in view of the almost daily terrorist attacks against the Ukrainian civilian population, it is hard to imagine what this would be like.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at Ramstein

“This is not the time to sit down.”


(Photo: dpa)

But there is a good reason for the surrender: without Western-made main battle tanks, Ukraine cannot recapture the occupied territory. And she will lose the war. Because her tanks, dating back to Soviet times, have served well so far. But in view of the intensity of the fighting and the difficult supply of spare parts, this cannot be relied on in the long term.

>> Read here: German industry offers more than 100 main battle tanks for Ukraine

If the Western allies do not want to leave Ukraine a little less than a year after the start of the war, they will not be able to evade the battle tank decision for much longer. Germany now wants to be prepared for this “just in case”.

But that Defense Department Only now received the order to test how many Leopard tanks armed forces and being able to get rid of the industry is a sign of insufficiency and not proof of progressive politics. Recalled vehicles will take months to repair, even if the order was placed today.

If the decision to deliver main battle tanks is made in the near future, Berlin will be as surprised as it was by the Marder tanks. Despite alleged lengthy consultations with the Americans and the French, it was unclear when the delivery was announced where Germany intends to find the promised armored personnel carriers. This drama threatens to repeat itself.

There is no alternative to the delivery of Western main battle tanks. Chancellor Scholz knows this too. But the federal government wastes time recklessly and therefore only helps the abuser. As the Ukrainian president said: “Time is Putin’s strongest weapon.”

More: Why Ukraine wants the German Leopard 2? The most important answers

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