War against Ukraine: Mützenich defends Scholz in arms dispute

To: 04/14/2022 16:46

SPD faction leader Mutzenich criticized demands for heavy weapons in Ukraine. Several traffic light politicians had previously spoken out in favor of the deliveries – and increased the pressure on Chancellor Scholz.

By Kai Küstner, ARD Capital Studio

The tone at red lights in the dispute over arms deliveries to Ukraine is hardening. The leader of the SPD parliamentary group, Rolf Mützenich, verbally attacked the three members of the Bundestag who saw the situation in Ukraine the day before yesterday and who demand the delivery of heavy weapons to the country.

“Under this impression, however, it is wrong to demand unprecedented decisions without having to answer for them yourself – especially since these could have far-reaching consequences for the security of our country and NATO. “said the SPD politician in a statement.

FDP MP Marie-Agnès Strack-Zimmermann’s response on Twitter followed closely behind. Unfortunately, Mützenich is among those who neither understood nor wanted to understand the need for her own chancellor to change, said the FDP politician, who was invited to western Ukraine on Tuesday with SPD MP Michael Roth and Green Party member Anton Hofreiter. .

pressure on the Chancellor

Previously, the coalition partners of the Greens and the FDP had significantly increased the pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to move on the issue of arms deliveries. “The problem is with the Chancellery”, was unusually clear Anton Hofreiter. Scholz speaks of a turning point, according to the green politician, but does not implement it enough. “And you need a lot more leadership,” Hofreiter told RTL.

Both the Greens and the FDP have come out clearly in favor of delivering heavy weapons, such as tanks, to Ukraine. Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael Roth of the SPD agrees.

More and more criticism of Chancellor Scholz for his hesitation in arms deliveries to Ukraine

Michael Stempfle, ARD Berlin, Daily News 5:00 p.m., April 14, 2022

Scholz: Provide “correct and reasonable” weapons

But Scholz hesitates: Germany has taken a decisive decision with the decision to deliver arms to Ukraine, defended the Chancellor in an interview with the rbb. At the same time, we must pay attention to what is useful to Ukraine. Germany wants to deliver “correct and reasonable” weapons.

So far, however, Scholz has not convinced his coalition partners with this attitude. “Of course the chancellor is in demand. He has the power to set guidelines,” said FDP politician and defense committee chairman Strack-Zimmermann. ARD Capital Studio said Wednesday. And Green politician Hofreiter had warned that with every day of the Chancellor’s hesitation, the damage to foreign policy and European politics would increase.

Heavy artillery? Traffic light dispute reaches fever pitch

Kai Küstner, ARD Berlin, April 14, 2022 3:57 p.m.

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