German appeasement for Russian aggression in Ukraine heralds serious problems with Berlin in the future

Olaf Scholz’s politics towards Russia and Ukraine may indicate that a lot less than we thought has changed in Central Europe, warns Jakub Maciejewski

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Jakub Maciejewski
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz attends a meeting of Germany's Security Cabinet, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, April 12, 2022. (Annegret Hilse/Pool via AP)

What is happening in Germany brings up the worst historical connotations. Pro-Russian demonstrations, that could not happen in Poland are really taking place in the streets of German cities. German billion-euro investments in joint projects with Russia — both Nord Stream pipelines costed at least €16 billion — and the reluctance to send aid to the defending Ukraine, shows a not so quiet endorsement of policy of the genocidal instigator Vladimir Putin.

If the establishment of the wealthiest country in Europe did not draw conclusions from the genocide in Bucha, the massacre of Mariupol, the raping of women and children, if it is not trying to cleanse its faults of financing Putin’s regime, what are the intentions that are still dormant in there and just how far are they willing to go to realize the concept of the spheres of influence in Europe?

Not so long ago, a discussion swept through Poland about the European Union as the Fourth Reich, reminiscent of the legacy of Bismarck. The “Reich” is simply the imperial power, supranational, patronizing and subjugating the weaker countries.

Maybe we were overly optimistic? Olaf Scholz is looking at corpses of the murdered civilians in the streets of Ukrainian towns and he doesn’t even denounce his former political boss Gerhard Schroeder, who lobbied for Putin for decades. “I do not wish to comment on this,” said the German Chancellor when asked about the former leader of SPD.

What kind of a man does not verify his own politics if it led to such bloodshed? What culture code do you have to grow up in, to simply shrug off a genocide in the 21st century Europe?

The German culture code, barely de-nazified after World War II. Unaccounted for. Evading the payment of war reparations. Accusing political enemies of “human right violation,” while at the same time, financing the Kremlin criminal.

It is terrifying; hard to believe in. However, after Russia brutally attacked Ukraine, the concerns and suspicions should not be dismissed, based on a belief that some things are simply “not possible.”

It would be better if the Bundeswehr remained weak. All increases in German political resource base should be monitored more carefully, because a lot less than we thought has changed in our part of Europe.

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