Chancellor Olaf Schölz has prevailed: also the USA Now delivers main battle tanks. After all Germany it has faced widespread criticism for its condition that it would only deliver Leopard 2 tanks if the Americans agreed. It was worth it?

Shortly after the Ukraine Contact Group meeting in Ramstein, Timothy Garton Ash taunted the Chancellor. The Oxford historian of education posted a nasty lexical entry alongside Olaf Scholz’s image on Twitter, explaining that the word ‘scholz’ means: ‘Communicate good intentions only to use/find/invent every conceivable reason, to invent or prevent them”.

Now it’s over with “Scholzen”. Germany supplies battle tanks to the Ukraine. Not only that, the allies also want to agree. The chancellor has thus achieved great success. She has forged an impressive alliance of tanks. A strong signal for the president of Russia putin and help Ukraine survive against the aggressor.

When the Chancellor was questioned in the Bundestag, the only thing left for the Union was to accuse him of vacillation. But it was worth the wait. It’s just better to coordinate with allies and request “escorts” from the US.

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The Federal Chancellor bears the responsibility. Neither the opposition nor Anton Hofreiter of the Greens or Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann of the PDF. As much as there is talk of international collateral damage, in the end Scholz will be measured by the result. That is something to be proud of.

the armed forces delivers a company of Leopard 2A6, that is, 14 tanks. There is also a not inconsiderable number of American Abrams tanks. This is also a success for Scholz. The United States had long refused.

Anyone who now sees the transatlantic friendship in jeopardy is confusing kissing with good relations. Friends have to be able to have different opinions. What kind of alliance would that be if you had to live in constant fear of an eye for an eye?

On Wednesday, Scholz answered questions from Bundestag deputies. At night he went on television and explained his decision to the population. Many have claimed that he should have done it much sooner. But from his point of view there was nothing to announce. That also shows leadership. Now it is important that Scholz also takes with him citizens who are skeptical of a delivery of heavy tanks because they fear a dramatic escalation of the war.

In retrospect, your wait was probably worth it. Scholz believes that he did not make it easy for her.

Cons: Collateral damage is incalculable

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Yes, now American battle tanks are also being delivered to Ukraine – the chancellor has prevailed. Satisfaction was evident in his sovereign appearance in the Bundestag. Who could blame him, with all the criticism he had to endure, with all the pressure he was under?

Still, was it worth it? Was it really necessary to snub the US to the point that Washington was forced to deny Berlin’s claim that there was a link between German and American tank supplies?

German Defense Minister Pistorius and his American counterpart Austin

The Bundeswehr is supplying a company of Leopard 2A6s, that is, 14 tanks. There is also a not inconsiderable number of American Abrams tanks.

(Photo: IMAGO/Christian Spicker)

Was it necessary to once again irritate the European partners with their vacillations and vacillations, so that the Luxembourg foreign minister felt compelled to publicly point out to his counterparts that Vladimir Putin is the enemy, and not the Chancellor?

Doubts prevail. One thing is certain: Despite Joe Biden’s commitment, the German-American relationship is seen as strained, ever, when Europe and especially Germany could hardly be more dependent on their big brother across the Atlantic for politics. of security. Ultimately, Scholz was concerned with a symbol: America had to be there with its Abrams, which military experts believe are second best to Ukraine at best.

The United States had to be there so that Germany and its Leos were not so exposed from the perspective of Moscow, so far so understandable. And the United States had to be there because the foreign minister obviously wanted to make sure of the nuclear and conventional deterrent power of the Americans. However, this is worrying.

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If that were really a reason, it implies that Berlin has doubts about the reliability of the duty to provide assistance under article 5 of the NATO-Treaty, which in itself would be a fatal sign. And on the other hand, the question arises: is deterrence more credible because now Washington is also sending tanks under pressure from Berlin? That too can be doubted.

In general, from the perspective of the United States, the suspicion that Germany, even after the “change of times”, cannot abandon its decades-long habit of delegating responsibility for its security to the traditional protecting power, must be confirmed once again. , the United States. In this context, talking about European sovereignty also seems like a mockery.

Biden may overlook this because of the geopolitical dimension at stake in the Ukraine war. A successor who might as well be called Donald Trump will not have this strategic foresight, and will surely be reminiscent of Berlin’s thinly veiled blackmail attempts in the Abrams affair. the NATO he considers it “obsolete” anyway.

More: All the events about the war in Ukraine on our live blog

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