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The Ukraine is waiting for the Leos: Olaf Scholz has entrenched himself for too long

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Now the Poles have officially and formally submitted an application for permission to export Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. As if the Prime Minister’s word the day before that this was the intention was not enough, Warsaw actually had to conform to the formal requirements. And that in front of the whole world. How horrible, how embarrassing.

The main thing is that the form is filled out correctly so that a decision can be taken? It’s no wonder that the partners no longer just frown at the federal government, but also express their displeasure.

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This terribly bureaucratic thing – it doesn’t look good in Germany. As if he didn’t want to become a perpetrator under any circumstances, the Chancellor entrenched himself behind what his faithful spokesman calls the “well-established procedure” to which everyone must adhere.

Certainly at other times. But in these? Don’t. At least that’s what Boris Pistorius, the new defense minister, and Foreign Ministry chief Annalena Baerbock seem to have said to each other.

All others are decided

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Good thing, because this idea would be absurd – that the federal government might have answered as follows: “Regarding your request, we regret to inform you that we have not yet come to a decision.” All the others were already there, the partners in Europe , the USA, also the Secretary General of NATO.

Stephan Andreas Casdorff is the publisher of the Tagesspiegel. He asks if the chancellor is a prisoner of himself.

Olaf Scholz, who is not very accessible anyway, is becoming increasingly mysterious. If you wanted to defend him, you would first have to be able to really understand why he is acting so slowly. And risked quarreling with everyone, especially the US.

Alone, the chancellor does not explain himself and his motives. That no longer seems prudent, but stubborn. The head of government as a prisoner of himself? At some point he will have to shed his armor.

Less strong in leadership, less competent, less trustworthy – the chancellor continues to lose approval among Germans. The image that Scholz gives will continue to have an effect for a longer time. Even if the federal government will finally have approved tank exports.

Because it is clear what will happen if nothing happens: Then Ukraine will lose – many more lives and the war. You can also make yourself complicit by failing to provide assistance.

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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