Is Germany finally ready to make good on the turning point declared nearly a year ago by Chancellor Scholz? Breaking with a longstanding taboo, he has authorized the delivery of German tanks to a conflict zone.
Ukraine will receive Leopard 2 battle tanks not only directly from Germany, but also, with Berlin’s approval, from other European countries. And the US is finalizing plans to send its own Abrams battle tank. Germany hesitated long before taking this historic step – sparking tensions not only with allies, but within the governing coalition. And there’s still a long way to go before Europe’s economic giant wields real military strength. So we’re asking: Arming Ukraine: Is Germany a leader or a laggard?
Our guests: Gustav Gressel (Military expert), Jörg Lau (Die Zeit), Karolina Wigura (Kultura Liberalna)
00:00 Is Germany a leader or a laggard?
01:50 Are western tanks a game changer for Ukraine?
05:00 Eastern Europe does not understand Germany and vice versa
06:45 Moskow is planning a spring offensive
08:20 Is the proclaimed turning point happening now?
11:15 Germany’s strategic communication is a disaster
14:00 Germany is dealing with its historic trauma
17:00 Germany’s red line for weapons deliveries is not clear
18:45 Is Europe capable of defending itself?
20:00 Is Europe more dependent on the transatlantic alliance than ever?
22:17 Without US weapons, Ukraine would be occupied by Russia
24:10 US tanks will be delivered much later to Ukraine than European ones
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