Without a word after Silinsky’s speech: Schulze and the lowest point of his ex-adviser – Politics

Every day Olaf Schultz sees the large white tent in the front yard of the main train station of the Chancellery. It is 400 meters where the crow flies to the “welcome hall” of the Berlin state for refugees from Ukraine. But within three weeks of the war, the chancellor was not even there to express his condolences to the people. It is heart touching how women comfort their children there, who hold the stuffed animals tightly in their arms. Let’s see how the mobile phone has become the most important asset to keep in touch with the men fighting at home.

Olaf Schultz motionless behind his black mask, citizens are now familiar with this photo. On this day in the Bundestag, those facial expressions of the silent chancellor have become a symbol of his former chancellor’s low point, and he has missed a momentum. Traffic light parties SPD, Greens and FDP reach their alliance’s centenary,

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It is difficult to justify the fact that Schulz is now not responding to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech in the Bundestag nor making a new government statement on the situation with references to the measures and agenda that have been put forward. Instead, it congratulates members of Parliament, and shortly thereafter discusses compulsory vaccination. The union accuses the alliance of not complying with the wishes and policies of Ukraine. The foreign politician from the CDU, Norbert Röttgen, spoke of “the most dignified moment in the Bundestag I have ever experienced”.

Schulz that day looks as if he’s not up to par. As soon as Selenskyj appears on screen, Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) immediately stands up and applauds. Schulz remains seated at first, looking at what the others are doing, then gets up hesitantly. Did he underestimated the impact of this mujahid president’s speech?

There is no comparison to Scholz’s moment on February 27

Schulz’s strongest moment to date is also connected with this war and the Bundestag. On February 27, in a landmark government statement, he announced a 180-degree shift in German foreign and defense policy, marking a turning point.

But his 100 billion-euro special fund for the Bundeswehr is fluctuating, which will require amending the Basic Law and thus obtaining a two-thirds majority in Parliament. However, the union does not feel properly involved, notably by Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD), and also asks her to be involved in every purchase decision, ie how the 100 billion euros will be used. In addition, the traffic light in the distribution and registration of refugees appears to be overwhelmed, and criticism of the Secretary of the Interior Nancy Wieser is growing every day in the SPD. Added to this is the controversy over fuel cuts and further cuts in energy costs.

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There are days when Schultz doesn’t seem too strong to drive, when he lacks the right instinct. He is on the defensive, and the tug-of-war in the Bundestag has been noted in the Israeli media. The day before, Zelensky spoke to the US Congress, after which US President Joe Biden, unlike Schulz, quickly announced another $800 million package containing anti-aircraft missiles, drones and thousands of anti-tank weapons.

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The chancellor’s office admits that this sounds unfortunate at least. At least a brief discussion should have been possible. Rhetoric is one thing, wrong reaction another – the latter now greatly increases the pressure on Schultz. But he doesn’t have much to offer Ukraine yet. He asserts that NATO’s entry into the war is out of the question. Zelensky has raised the demand for the airlift, as well as to help people trapped in cities like Mariupol even more, and the expansion of humanitarian aid will certainly be reconsidered.

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Chancellor Olaf Schultz and his government pay tribute to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.Photo: Tobias Schwartz/AFP

Dilemma: Schultz can’t talk much about what he’s doing

His problem: He can’t speak publicly about much of what the government does. It is not about possible ways for a ceasefire or a solution that would secure Ukraine’s independence.

Schulz now plans to have a longer discussion on the situation in the Bundestag next Wednesday, a day before the special NATO summit. Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen as a key figure in diplomatic efforts. Schulz also called Pope Francis on Wednesday. Ukraine appeals to the Pope to mediate. But the problems begin with a split in the Orthodox Church, where the Moscow Patriarch Kirill I supports Putin’s war.

And with weapons deliveries, something could happen again. But Schultz does not speak publicly about this either, also due to Russian threats to attack these deliveries. Theoretically, according to experts, Germany could also buy and deliver weapons on the world market, due to the supply options that can be managed from the Bundeswehr stocks.

Poland demands: Schulz should go to Kyiv

Schulz knows that the worst pictures will come from Ukraine – it seems doubtful whether the line that boycotting oil and gas is not possible can still be maintained. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Ukrainian Ambassador Andrey Melnik want Chancellor Schulz to travel to Kyiv, and Morawiecki was there. However, his nature does not like deviations from plans and risks. He is not a spontaneous emotional person. If something bad happens, he shows himself “depressed”. He can’t convey it sympathetically.

This is exactly what happened on Thursday in the work of the government and communications apparatus. As if this day was like any other, with many different themes. At 11 a.m., Scholz had his counselor’s Twitter account posted a word thanking Selenskyj for his hurtful words. We are committed to doing everything we can to give diplomacy a chance and end the war.

Three minutes later, by his account on Olaf Scholz, there is a reference to compulsory vaccination discussed after Zelenskyj’s speech. At 11:30 a.m. he meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, at 2 p.m. The Federal Government Summit on Ukraine, Refugees and Corona, at 7 p.m., will follow a speech on the 100th birthday of Egon Barr.

Standing before the cameras in the Chancellery with Stoltenberg, it is important for him to say something about the speech in the Bundestag – it is his first public reaction, two and a half hours after the speech: “Destiny from the people of Ukraine touched us deeply. The President of Ukraine, Selinsky, gave a speech This morning in the German Bundestag, we stand with Ukraine.” But Zelensky wants to see more action.

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