Scholz admits that many Germans are unhappy with aid to Ukraine

Scholz admits that many Germans are dissatisfied with the aid to Ukraine
Scholz admits that many Germans are dissatisfied with the aid to Ukraine

Many Germans are unhappy with their country's support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, which is causing the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) to decline in many regions, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has admitted.

In an interview with broadcaster ARD, Scholz, whose party recently suffered a heavy defeat in European parliamentary elections, commented on the fact that the SPD had only 7% support in parts of eastern Germany, which have traditionally been more predisposed positively towards Russia.

"Something is happening there," the chancellor said, adding that "there is no way out."

He admitted that the weak support for the SPD stemmed, among other things, from the fact that “many people do not agree with the support for Ukraine and the sanctions against Russia. This is also reflected in the results of the elections", said Scholz. "There is no alternative to change it."

The chancellor also praised the upcoming state elections in Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony. According to polls, the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is winning the race, albeit by a small margin, in each of the regions, which are all located in the eastern or central part of the country.

At the same time, Scholz expressed the hope that the elections will not result in an AfD member becoming the head of the local government, expressing concern that such a development "would be very depressing." He suggested that despite AfD's growing popularity, other parties would still have a parliamentary majority.

Scholz's SPD won just 14% of the vote in European parliamentary elections earlier this month, the party's worst showing in decades. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) took first place with 30% of the vote, followed by the AfD with 16%. The electoral map showed a sharp split between voters roughly along the Cold War-era borders between West and East Germany, with the West voting mostly for the CSU and the East for the AfD.

The latter has repeatedly opposed arms shipments to Ukraine, criticized Western sanctions against Russia as against German interests and called for immediate peace talks. Germany is the largest donor of military aid to Ukraine in Europe, providing aid worth around 28 billion euros ($30 billion).

Russia has repeatedly criticized Western arms shipments to Ukraine, arguing that they only prolong the conflict without changing its outcome.


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