Olaf Scholz on Tuesday in Berlin

The chancellor is responsible, not the opposition.

(Photo: IMAGO/Political Moments)

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 on Twitter alongside Olaf Scholz’s image, explaining the word “scholz” with the following words: “Communicate good intentions only to use/find/use all reasons possible”. “invent to invent or prevent the same”.

“Scholzen” has ended since Tuesday night. Yeah media reports true, and of that there is no doubt, after months of debate, Scholz decided to deliver main battle tanks to Ukraine. Not only that, the allies also seem to want to agree. The United States will send main battle tanks. The chancellor has thus achieved great success. She has forged an impressive alliance of tanks. A strong signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the necessary help to Ukraine in its fight for survival against the aggressor.

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The leader of the union faction, Friedrich Merz, now only has to accuse Scholz of being too vacillating. But it was worth the wait. It is simply better to coordinate with the allies and request “escorts” from the US. It is the chancellor who is responsible, not the opposition, not Anton Hofreiter and Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann. Since reputation is not ruined, in the end Scholz is measured by the result. That is something to be proud of.

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The Bundeswehr is supplying at least one company of Leopard 2A6s, 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. In addition, other allies also want to deliver Leopard 2 main battle tanks. The federal government also wants to grant approval for the export of those tanks that are owned by other states like Poland is it so.

In hindsight, the hesitation probably paid off.

On Wednesday, Scholz will answer questions from Bundestag deputies. At night he goes on television and will explain 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.

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 hindsight, Scholz’s hesitation probably paid off. You believe him when he explains this difficult decision to you.

Scholz found it hard to believe, while others couldn’t do it fast enough.

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