In Germany, Ukraine

Photographer: Marcus Rott/Bundeswehr

Published on A Socialist in Canada, Feb 2023:

German mainstream media is strictly ‘hands off’ this story. More than half a million people have now signed an online petition putting pressure on Scholz to stop sending weapons to Ukraine. Even though the petition condemns Russia’s intervention, that is decidedly not the reason why people are signing it. Rather, they are signing in order to endorse the peition’s final paragraph, which reads: “We call on Chancellor Scholtz to stop the escalation in arms deliveries, now! He should lead a strong alliance for a ceasefire and peace negotiations at both German and European level, now! Because every lost day costs up to 1,000 more human lives and brings us closer to a 3rd World War.”
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More than 250,000 people sign petition urging German chancellor to stop supplying weapons to Ukraine, news report by Al-Mayadeen English, Feb 12, 2023
Related:
In Germany, Left Party leader Sahra Wagenknecht and writer and feminist Alice Schwarzer issue call for an end to arms deliveries to Ukraine, report in Today Times Live, Feb 10, 2023  [The open letter was issued by the two public figures on February 10. It is published as an online petition on CHANGE.org (German text here). The launching of the peition is endorsed by 69 leading intellectuals and political activists in Germany; as of February 13, more than 370,000 people have signed it online. The petition text blunts its antiwar message in writing that the Ukrainian population has been “brutally attacked by Russia and needs our solidarity”. Its concluding paragraph reads, “We call on  Chancellor Scholtz to stop the escalation in arms deliveries, now! He should lead a strong alliance for a ceasefire and peace negotiations at both German and European level, now! Because every lost day costs up to 1,000 more human lives and brings us closer to a 3rd World War.”].
Interview with Sahra Wagenknecht of the Left Party (Die Linke) in Germany, by Glenn Greenwald, video recording posted to Greenwald’s Rumble channel, Jan 30, 2023
Many Germans are not convinced of taking up arms against an alleged ‘Russian threat’ to their country. News report by Al-Mayadeen English, Feb 10, 2023  A new survey conducted by YouGov has found that 24 per cent of German citizens would flee their country rather than join the army to defend it

Ukraine report: West admits fighter jets for Ukraine will take years to provide, by Brian Berletic, broadcast on ‘The New Atlas’ YouTube channel, Feb 12, 2023  (36-minute video broadcast)

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