Germany needs step up against Russia and start pulling its weight in Ukraine
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Germany and America are dear friends. Friends tell each other the truth. And the truth is that Germany is not pulling its weight against Russia.
During his recent visit to the United States, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised that his country would soon begin spending 2% of its annual budget on defense.
President Joe Biden meets Olaf Scholz, Germany’s chancellor, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 3, 2023. (Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
If this sounds familiar, it’s not déjà vu. It’s just one of many promises Germany made in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that has yet to come to fruition.
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By every measure, Germany—the economic leader of Europe—is failing to pull its weight. Its current spending by share of GDP wouldn’t even place Germany in the top 10 nations in terms of financial support for Ukraine.
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland have all provided more than double what Germany has given to Ukraine by share of GDP. But countries don’t need proximity to Russia to outspend Germany. The United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States have