Schultz after Cabinet meeting: “Putin completely miscalculated” – Politics

On Wednesday, the federal government ended its two-day closed conference chaired by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Social Democratic Party). Schulz, Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) and Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) spoke at a news conference about the exam results, and Schulz described the exam as “successful”.

Schultz said that questions that have arisen since the turn of the century have been carefully discussed. The objective focus of the withdrawal was on the war in Ukraine and the development of the German economy.

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The chancellor said that one thing became clear after the discussions: Europe must get closer to each other. “It is also clear that Putin completely misjudged his brutal war of aggression against Ukraine,” Schultz said. Because what he got is a stronger NATO and a more united European Union.

In response to the Russian attack, Schultz said, a community was formed “that will ensure that Ukraine receives military support with weapons delivered to Ukraine.” Germany also participates in it unchanged.”

Regarding the federal government’s path in arms deliveries to Ukraine, Schulze said a very fine line is being followed unchanged. The Alliance is in complete agreement on what needs to be done here.

The weapons were handed over from the Bundeswehr inventory and what was still going on was being considered. Application processes will be run on the basis of a list discussed with Ukraine. Germany participates in the circular exchange. The country behaves “absolutely identical” to the USA, Great Britain or France.

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Schulze outlined the “changing combat situation” in Ukraine to justify the change in arms delivery. Schulz said air defense is playing an increasing role in an effort to advance Russian advances in eastern Ukraine. Last week, the government allowed the direct export of heavy weapons from Germany for the first time, approving up to 50 Gibbard anti-aircraft tanks.

Germany and its allies launch artillery campaigns. For example, Germany agreed to support the United States in providing training for its machines, “which is necessary because it cannot work otherwise,” Schulz said. In close coordination with the Netherlands, Germany also agreed to a joint contribution.

Economy Minister Robert Habeck, Chancellor Olaf Schulz and Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schmidt (from left) at Messberg Castle.Photo: John Macdougall / AFP POOL / dpa

Schulz also said that the government would soon adopt a bill accelerating the construction of LNG plants. It is expected to be approved by the Cabinet on Monday. The law should make it possible to complete the first of the so-called floating station in Wilhelmshaven in the winter. Approval procedures are shortened to much shorter deadlines.

Then Economy Minister Habek called the integration of those who fled Ukraine “mission of the hour”. Schulze had also previously said that those who wanted to stay would be given a point of view.

According to Economy Minister Robert Habeck, the oil embargo planned by the European Union Commission includes sufficient transition periods for Germany. However, there may be problems, says the green politician. “We cannot guarantee that things will not falter, particularly at the regional level,” he says, referring to East Germany.

Ursula von der Leyen (CDU), President of the European Commission, has announced new EU plans to impose economic sanctions…Photo: dpa

Russian oil is still mainly processed in East Germany, especially in Schwedt. A solution is being sought for the refinery, which is currently under the control of Russia’s Rosneft group. The ban is set to come into effect gradually by the end of the year.

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner is considering a new tool for better sanctions against the Russian oligarchy. Lindner said at the press conference that they are looking into whether those on the sanctions lists are legally required to disclose the assets. This may be linked to fines and will also be subject to criminal prosecution. This would be an entirely new tool to make existing sanctions more effective, Lindner said.

As part of the retreat, a regular cabinet meeting was held on Wednesday. There were two topics on the agenda: the Federal Chancellery presented the main points for the creation of the “Future Center for German Unity and European Transformation”, which was approved by the Cabinet. This center aims to deal with the changes that have taken place in Germany over the past 30 years and to be a place for science, culture and encounters.

Furthermore, Secretary of State for Culture Claudia Roth (the Greens) outlined her thoughts on the Documentation Center “WWII and German Occupation in Europe” and started the government. (AFP / Reuters / dpa)

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