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Poorly advised and technical mistakes: Scholz isolates Germany in the alliance

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Shortly before the decisive meeting on arms aid for Ukraine in Ramstein, the chancellor maneuvered Germany into the sidelines of the Alliance. Olaf Scholz has made his agreement to hand over the German Leopard tanks dependent on the delivery of American Abrams.

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This was a serious technical error. Any semi-informed layman now knows the arguments against the Abrams and for the Leo. Who advised Scholz wrong?

The new Defense Minister Boris Pistorius is trying to limit the damage. He claims he knew nothing of the chancellor’s appointment. However, several sources had reported that Scholz made this a condition.

That speaks for Leos and against Abrams tanks

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The most important arguments against such a combination: Abrams tanks are powered by gas turbines, Leos by diesel. The supply of diesel is secured in the Ukrainian army, but not for gas turbines. Abrams would first have to be shipped across the Atlantic. Leos are everywhere in Europe. The local armies have around 2000 pieces. The supply of spare parts is also better secured with Leos than with other western main battle tanks.

One would like to hope that all this is known in the Chancellery. And that Scholz will be advised accordingly before making such a questionable move. It ends embarrassingly for Germany. The Junktim acts as a pretext. The US felt compelled to publicly reject it.

This leads to the question of the Alliance policy course of the Chancellor and his advisers. First of all: Of course, Germany can decide not to deliver certain weapons if it thinks this is wrong.


Leopard tank are present in Europe’s armies.

But anyone who, like Scholz, first raises the top priority that there should be no going it alone and then breaks away from the consensus that is emerging on the issue of battle tanks needs good reasons. Reasons that dissenters must also respect.

That’s exactly what’s missing. Scholz drives a zigzag course that is difficult to understand. When more and more European allies wanted to deliver Leos and demanded Berlin’s export license, the Chancellor let it be known that coordination with the USA was crucial for him.

Even that was tricky. But at the same time a position determination that is apparently based very soberly on the reality of security policy: the Europeans cannot guarantee their own security but are dependent on the support of the USA when things get really tough.

But if Germany shows its European partners so clearly that they count less than the United States, then it must certainly not risk a break with the alleged preferred ally. But that is exactly what has happened. Scholz sets a condition that the United States publicly rejects. And then pretend that the junction didn’t exist.

The chancellor, who didn’t want to go it alone, has led Germany in the alliance to go it alone.

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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