A group of Left-SPD lawmakers have had enough of the unprecedented Ukraine arms shipments following on the heels of Berlin boosting its military budget by €100 billion. They’ve sent a letter to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz with the title, “The weapons must be silent!”
Instead of pumping weapons into a hot conflict with a nuclear-armed superpower, the group within Scholz’s own party are demanding the pursuit of a diplomatic negotiations, pushing the Ukrainians to the peace talks table. “The escalation spiral must be stopped,” letter states, urging a “modus vivendi” until a final settlement can be found.
As predicted, Europeans weary of being told to make “sacrifices” in what for them is a somewhat distant conflict on the continent’s eastern periphery will reach a point of saying enough… for some within Scholz previously pacifist Social Democratic Party, that time is now. Yet critics of the letter are already calling it “capitulation” and other denunciations which come close to essentially saying the signatories are “traitors” to the German and European cause while standing up to Russian aggression.