The national Interest: The urgent task is to do everything possible to unite Germany

2022-05-01 0 By

In the recent Ukraine crisis, Germany’s new government has come under fire for its policies that are out of step with its Allies, causing chaos in the Atlantic alliance, the NATIONAL Interest magazine said in an opinion piece on January 31.Still, NATO Allies must not abandon Germany and must do everything they can to unite it.The article argues that Germany’s position in Europe and NATO is crucial and that every effort should now be made to consolidate a united front while putting pressure on Berlin to do more.These questions need to be answered quickly and forcefully by Germany’s new leaders, otherwise they will create fear, further solidify the impression that Germany is a weak ally, and lead to exaggerated speculation that Germany is abandoning the transatlantic alliance altogether.For the first time in its history, Germany is in power with a three-party coalition, the article said.There are political struggles within and among the ruling parties.Despite a flurry of messages from German officials forming the multi-party government, it is hard to distinguish which voices represent Germany’s official position.For example, the left-wing Social Democrats, traditionally moderate towards Russia, have become stronger in recent years;The Greens have come a long way towards pragmatism.The coalition agreement Outlines the government’s policies but glosses over the points of contention, leading to much confusion about the new government’s internal dynamics.Both the SPD and the Greens have made it clear that all options are on the table in response to any escalation between Russia and Ukraine.This includes the termination of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia.But Chancellor Scholz was silent for too long, and some members of his own party also created chaos within the coalition, undermining confidence at an absolutely crucial time.The article argues that Berlin will have to make good on its promise to put Nord Stream 2 on the negotiating table if the situation escalates — even if it hurts Germany’s economic and energy interests.Germany is also at odds with its Allies over the supply of arms to Ukraine.Germany sees a diplomatic imperative to bring Russia back to the negotiating table and avoid a military escalation that would only escalate the situation rather than deter Russia.It therefore urges Germany to do its part in security policy, providing safeguards to NATO Allies in the east and imposing strong sanctions on Russia.The Ukraine crisis of 2014 showed that Russia’s actions can lead to a major shift in German policy and perceptions of Russia, the article recalled.Germany has a long way to go before it can assume the leadership role it successfully assumed seven years ago.”It remains to be seen how Berlin performs in the long run.”The new German government appears to be working on a policy shift, and the German Chancellor’s visit to Washington next week will provide a critical opportunity to further clarify and demonstrate Germany’s commitment to a united front for the transatlantic alliance, the article said.This article is an exclusive article, shall not be reproduced without authorization.