turning point arrived?
Merz: Chancellor does not explain why he is hesitant to help Ukraine
02/27/2023, 10:08 p.m
Chancellor Scholz hesitates and only makes decisions under pressure when it comes to the Russian war of aggression, criticizes the CDU leader. So far, he has not given the population a reason. The federal government is also not behaving in accordance with a “turning point in time”, Merz shoots afterwards.
CDU chairman Friedrich Merz blames the federal government for being too hesitant in helping the Ukrainians defend themselves against Russia. “She always tries to do the minimum to support Ukraine in its right to self-defense,” he said on ARD’s “Tagesthemen”. He would have thought it right “to help Ukraine quickly and in good time so that this illegal attack by the Russian army could have been pushed back faster and better,” Merz continued.
The CDU leader accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz in particular of not communicating his policy. “He has so far failed to explain to all of us, including the German public, why he is so hesitant.” The impression remains that “the chancellor hesitates, hesitates and only ever makes decisions under pressure,” he added.
Merz went on to say that the population understands that February 24, 2022, when the attack began, “is a really deep break in our European history.” But the question arises as to whether the proclaimed turning point has actually reached the federal government. Because the federal government is “continuing to work through the coalition agreement as if nothing else had happened.” There is a tectonic shift in power structures around the world as a result of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. “My assessment is that the federal government does not do justice to this.”
Exactly one year ago this Monday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz – three days after the start of the war of aggression against Ukraine – announced a realignment of security policy in his so-called turning point speech in the Bundestag. In the first months of the war, Berlin’s initial hesitation in supporting Ukraine with arms had caused much resentment in Kiev.