Doubts in the German Government and What it Means for Ukraine

Jayden Moore, Staff Writer

This article has been sourced from the New York Times

Looking towards one of the most powerful members of NATO, Germany, their government is in a full split on if they should be assisting Ukraine and sending supplies to the country to help them defend themselves. This has caused the German people to doubt German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government and bring down the expectations of his ability to steer Europe through its biggest crisis since World War II. 

With the new wave of attacks on Ukraine’s east by the Russian military, Germany has been called upon to help Ukraine and supply them heavy weapons to defend themselves. Members of the German government have publicly called out Chancellor Scholz and demanded he give aid. “Europe expects Germany to play a central role,” as stated by Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, the head of the parliamentary defense committee, in an article in The New York Times.

Chancellor Scholz has repeatedly evaded saying if he is on the side of shipping heavy weapons to Kyiv to assist the Ukrainian government. He has announced he is going to move in weapons and finance to Ukraine, but it has yet to happen.

Germany has sent artillery and missiles to Ukraine, but they have been requesting heavier weapons like heavy artillery, Leopard tanks, and Armored Vehicles like the Marder.

Germany is even showing its division as it is slowing the EU boycott on Russian Oil as it still allows Russian oil to flow through Germany and be used by its gas stations. Governing partners of Chancellor Scholz have let out their displeasure of this and have stated that Germany is running out of time to limit Russian oil.