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Andreas Kluth

Poland’s Calling, This Is No Time to Scholz Around

Sometimes not making a decision becomes the decision. By dithering about sending tanks to Ukraine, the German Chancellor is making the worst kind.

Chancellor, hark.

Chancellor, hark.

Photographer: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

As endorsements go, this one was strained enough to be devastating. It came near the end of last week’s press conference by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, just after top brass from 50 countries had met at a US airbase in Germany to coordinate their military support to Ukraine. Austin was asked whether Germany was still a reliable ally. 

He instead detoured to another topic, and another. But the question hung in the air too thickly. Nudging himself, Austin eventually said as diplomatically as he could: “They are a reliable ally. They’ve been that way for a very, very long time. And I truly believe that they’ll continue to be a reliable ally.”