Maybrit Illner on TV review: Gregor Gysi on handing over guns

WHe did not know that Gregor Geese was born in 1948 and has known since Thursday evening at the latest. The Left Party’s foreign policy spokesperson could not often mention Maibrit Ellner’s year of birth in order to explain why Germany had not supplied Ukraine with arms. Gezi said the post-war period shaped him accordingly. The second reason: that Germany makes a profit from arms exports.

A loud sigh could be heard at these words in the studio, followed by the lingering “Mr. Gysi” phrase. Marie Agnes Strack Zimmermann, who was born in 1958 and heads the Bundestag Defense Committee, is clearly disturbed by the eternal slogan of the left: “Do not repeat the war!” To defend themselves against an aggressor. She was satisfied with dates and numbers, while Gezi relied mainly on feelings. He is not against the delivery of weapons mainly, and not only from Germany.

Disappointing discussion in Germany

Yevgenia Belorocets, a photographer from Kyiv, was clearly dismayed by Gezi’s remarks. Born in Ukraine in 1980, she had been in Berlin until a week earlier and had followed German debates there. “We need weapons,” she told Jezzy. Anything else means that Ukrainians have to get used to violence, death and destruction. “The discussion in Germany was painful and disappointing.”

Maibrett Elinner’s topic was “The War in Ukraine – What Does the West Want to Achieve?” wide. So broad that it was possible to discuss any of the topics raised in depth. The usual Illners problem. Attendees of FDP politicians, who left the defense committee meeting early last week, ran to Gezi’s tweet about the alleged war crimes of Bucha and Christine Lambrecht, who stood in front of Struck-Zimmermann. “I don’t want a woman to work.” Objectively, there is no reason for the Secretary of Defense to resign.

From left: Gustav Grissel, Gregor Jesse, Maybritt Elinner, Marie Agnes Strack Zimmermann, Marcus Feldenkirchen.  Added via video: Yevgenia Belorocets

From left: Gustav Grissel, Gregor Jesse, Maybritt Elinner, Marie Agnes Strack Zimmermann, Marcus Feldenkirchen. Added via video: Yevgenia Belorocets

Photo: ZDF / Svea Pietschmann

ZDF has also attempted to bring about a conflict between the interests of Ukraine, America, and Great Britain on the one hand, and the Europeans on the other, which seems larger than it really is. Just like the struggle between Strack-Zimmermann and the Federal Chancellor.

The counselor is moving

Yes, Scholz only takes small steps each week. Unlike US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, he is not shouting that Russia must be weakened to the point where it cannot attack another country again. Markus Feldenkirchen, author of Spiegel, born in 1975, said referring to the initial position of some politicians who thought it was best that Ukraine not defend at all. However, Feldenkirchen and Strack Zimmermann agreed that the chancellor does not speak plain language. The journalist testifies to his “inability to communicate”, the politician is convinced: “simple and clear language helps understanding.”

Military expert Gustave Grissel agrees: “You could have saved yourself from the fuss about heavy weapons.” The Austrian, born in 1979, dared to speculate on the duration of the war. If the problems of the Russian soldiers continued, they could attack only until the summer. After that, only a defensive posture will be possible – unless Vladimir Putin orders a general mobilization. Because while the Russian army has to accept heavy losses, the number of soldiers on the Ukrainian side is steadily increasing. However, Grisel basically fears: “We still have a lot of war ahead.”

The last set of topics in the program dealt with the possibility of Ukraine joining the European Union. All present agreed on this perspective. An interview was recorded with the President of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who, like Strack-Zimmermann, is ten years younger than Gysi. In it, she warned that certain criteria must be met. But it also sees a great will for reform in Ukraine. Belorocets added that the EU offers an important perspective for their country. Ukraine wants to be a European country.

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