We all know that the War in Ukraine has up-ended peace in Europe and shaken geopolitics on the continent. (Subscribe:
Nowhere more so that in Germany – where the Chancellor spoke of a turning point – with the country pledging to ditch its ties to Moscow and arm Ukraine.
But months later, that turning point appears to have been more words than action – with European allies frustrated with Germany’s apparent inability to fully commit to the Ukrainian cause.
Today, our Europe Editor Matt Frei looks at the reasons why Germany’s past means it is more hesitant to fully commit to a European conflict – and whether that will finally change as this war drags on.
Sources: DW News, France 24
Producer: Rachel Evans
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Ever heard of Don't bite the hand that feeds you!
Why would Germany imagine that Russia would or should continue supplying them gas if they've threatened to stop doing business with them .Also threatening to nolonger buytheir gas. . Also Germany is supplying arms to kill them. Russia would have to be marters.
I'm against all war. I think Russia and the biggest war mongering nation on the planet, America, should also be sanctioned by the world. The UK should also face sanctions for its war mongering and funding of war mongerers.
I think Mr Putin just wants to create a new slate, example wants to erase most of the population down to half a billion on the whole planet !
Needs sorting big style.
"weighty, hefty German composite nouns"
Sounds like something we could weaponize.
Very clecer discussion + Germany doesn't need Russia but Ukraine. Their crops, seed oil, gasoline of the black sea, natural gas from Donbas, steel factories, organic fertilizers and 40 milion of hard working cheep labours. And brave figters. Also milions of innocent Ukrainean cittizens were killed for the German and Russians guilty with their Molotov-Ribberntrop pact. But Ukraineans not. They are the innocent victims with soul.
Typical response from a warmongering country like the UK, weapons exporter and US lapdog… Germany is the largest economy in Europe(that kills the British!)and when Germany coughs the rest of Europe has pneumonia…I also like Germany’s hesitancy… wise.
10:10 No, Vergangenheitsbewältigung has nothing to do with overcoming the past. It is all about learning to live with it. That means most of all, taking the all out effort to look at it what exactly happend and then make sure, everybody is on the same page. Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go, particularly in the judicial system.
It has to militarise because NATO led by the USA created a conflict with Russia in Ukraine. The reporting of the war is totally biased, Zelenskys interpretation is being reported as facts which is nonsense, it also follows that the reasons for this war have not been reported in a balanced way. Germany is going to militarise to support the Industrial complex of the west and the maintenance of American hegemony, Ukraine is just a pawn in the game. We are not the good guys in this.
Germany will always need resources n market places for his industries including Russia, China n India whatsoever now n future.
Germany must be carefull take actions politically n military for his people interests.
War happens when old men make decisions and young men die… global systems and structures have failed to prevent this war. I believe there has to be a United Nations etc.. with more power
Great convo. Can you do a in depth analyisis on Zelensky his initial motices and how much he has achieved so far.
U are transparent ;
May God bless ur dreams, visions & efforts & unleash unimaginable blessings upon ur organization in growth as a result of ur commitment to humanity ;
Why is Germany bitting the US bait, are they willing to suffer more isolation in times to come. Haven't they seen what happened after Second World War. Those horrors are not yet over. Moreover there are no good leaders in Germany. Don't trust US and other European leaders.
now they have nachhaltigkeit 😉
Have guts to quickly evacuate, escape. Not to fight,right. Ukraine,Go evacuate now.
Leave attack and fighting.
YES WHILE UKRANAN SLDIERS ARE DYING IN THEIR HUNDREDS EVERY FREAKN DAMN DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HURRY AND SEND THE FUCKNG LEPARD TANKS NOW!
Dithering seems a good way to learn, heuristically, involving the right hemisphere of the brain to evaluate the big picture carefully. I am grateful to Matt Frei for talking about this, and there is much more to explore and learn about in order to understand the situation from each point of view. Thank you Channel 4, for sharing the discussion – please do more of this. The word 'trust' was used, and this sounded a bit rich to me, since trust was broken after a promise was made not to expand NATO to the east. There is a lot of history, some of it is extremely painful and still an open wound. It will be hard for Germans as well as for Russians and the other people closely involved to be reminded of their past – however if this can be turned from war to a sincere attempt to understand one another's traumas, and to consider carefully whether or not 'the Others' are really different, inferior to or in any ways superior from 'Us', there may be a future for our children. I wonder if Matt has thought about the possibility that Russian people really might feel very afraid of what could – or even as they may see it, must – happen if Germany gets a powerful army?
I recommend listening to Oliver Stone's interviews with Vladimir Putin, and maybe also thinking about nationalism, how it started and what it means. Margaret MacMillan has written and spoken extensively around the international history of the 19th and 20th centuries – including thoughts about the rise of nationalism – there is so much to digest in order to understand better how things have changed over time.