German Greens abandon their pacifism

“Olive green” reads one of the last covers Der Spiegel. The German weekly newspaper cites German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock as an example. Robert Habeck wallet holder Economy and Climate Protection – and green aid Anton Hofreiter sheathed military clothing. Baerbock holds a sunflower in his left hand, while Hofreiter holds a bazooka with his right shoulder. These three related figures from the German eco-liberal party illustrate the turn of the formation as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as the historical dilemma faced by the environmental formation in taking positions on security and foreign relations. policy issues.

Logic would lead one to think in the current Traffic Light Coalition (the FDP’s tripartite government of social democrats, greens and liberals). peaceful, anti-nuclear and NATO must be most cautious when presenting a militaristic response to war. Russian invasion of Ukraine and sending heavy weapons to the Kyiv government. Nothing could be further from the truth: The Greens are publicly oppressing the people. Social Democratic Chancellor Olaf Scholz To send more weapons—especially heavy weapons—to Ukraine so that his army can stop the advance of Russian troops.

schoolThe heir to the traditional Social Democratic foreign policy of détente through trade relations with Moscow has been much more cautious than the Greens in sending heavy weapons to Ukraine. Hofreiter, who was not in the cabinet of ministers and took on the harsh rhetoric on the green bench in the German Parliament, said, “The problem is with the prime minister.” His comments angered the Social Democrats. Confronting them, Scholz took his precautions. real risk someone’s Third World war. “We cannot allow a nuclear war,” the foreign minister said in an interview with the weekly newspaper. Death time.

Support for Kyiv and rearmament

This Scholz’s attention He did not resist much in the face of public and private pressure from his two government partners. The German federal government approved the shipment of heavy weapons to Ukraine, in addition to the small arms it left in Kiev. The German Ministry of Defense confirmed the delivery of seven units last Friday. Panzerhaubitze 2000 type armored howitzers. At the end of last April, Berlin has already announced its intention to send. Gepard tanks a Ukraine. Such weapons with long-range cannons up to 40 kilometers can be used not only for defensive purposes, but also for offensive purposes.

sending decision heavy weapons A special budget was injected into Ukraine, before a resolution passed in the Bundestag shortly after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 100 billion € To strengthen the military capabilities of the Bundeswehr, the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic. The Greens fully supported the measure, despite some reluctance among their youth. “Pacificism doesn’t mean we let others die because we can’t make uncomfortable decisions,” he said. Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck At a party congress at the end of April.

For critics, ready to help Ukraine on arms border without apology militarism. Criticism comes from some of the old guard. environmental party. Hans-Christian Strobele, Co-founder of Los Verdes in the 1980s and the Berlin federal parliamentarian, after winning direct office in four consecutive elections, slurred the four legislatures: “We are already part of the war. Politicians and the NATO media have pushed the supply of tanks. What makes them so confident there? Will there be no escalation to world war?” Ströbele famously wrote in a tweet.

historical discussion

This Criticism of Strobele a point generation gap among the founders Original Greens -It was founded during the last period of the Cold War- and new green party leadersplus pragmatists and willing to receive power contradictions.

this is not the first German Greens they are torn between their pacifist origins and their support for military intervention. In 1999, then-Green Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer supported the participation of the UN. Bundeswehr in NATO bombing Before what was left of Yugoslavia and the war in Kosovo.

fisherman He advocated the first German military intervention abroad after the Second World War, citing a new danger of genocide in the Balkans. He had to endure the booing of a significant portion of the delegates attending that convention, and even having one of them throw a bucket of red paint in his face. Little more than archival footage remains from those thriller scenes on the German Greens. This environmental party definitely took way realpolitik.

Source: Informacion


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