5000 helmets for Ukraine: Berlin makes a laughing stock of itself
Created: 01/26/2022, 18:30
By: Georg Anastasiadis
Politics in the Ukraine – commented on by Georg Anastasiadis.
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After weeks of hesitation, the traffic light government now wants to help Ukraine.
But what she has to offer is a bad joke.
For the oppressed people in Ukraine, Berlin's politics are sheer mockery.
A commentary by Georg Anastasiadis.
In Ukraine they don't have much to laugh about right now - wherever they look, people are staring into Putin's gun barrels.
But help is coming from Germany: After a long struggle with itself, the traffic light government has decided to end its arms boycott and send 5,000 helmets to Kiev in a courageous rescue operation.
SPD Defense Minister Lambrecht calls it a "clear signal" that Germany is on the side of the beleaguered Ukrainians.
Is that real satire?
The federal government's new hybrid warfare?
Is Olaf Scholz hoping that Putin will die laughing?
With its allies, however, Berlin is just losing the last bit of respect.
The chancellor is acting so alarmingly cold and lacking in solidarity in the Ukraine crisis that Western capitals are right to suspect that the German Navy Admiral Schönbach, who has just been fired, only said what the federal government is secretly thinking – that Putin, in response to his war threats, said “respect ' and deserve to be welcomed.
This is only moderately surprising: large parts of the SPD “peace party” dance to the tune of the Schröder lobby.
There are also voices in the CSU, right up to party leader Markus Söder, who are calling for the Baltic Sea pipeline to be put into operation right now, at the height of the Ukraine crisis.
The embarrassing snuggle in front of Moscow cannot even be justified with the good deals that are often sought: German industry only does two percent of its foreign trade with Russia.
On the other hand, the damage that German indecisiveness is doing to the common defensive front against the Kremlin's desire for conquest is immeasurable.
This is how the traffic light makes Germany a laughing stock around the world.