Germany’s U-Turns Makes Czechs and Poles Look Elsewhere

Germany is losing credibility in Central Europe because of energy and arms supplies

12 August 2022

Martin Ehl

Senior Fellow

The war in Ukraine fundamentally changed Germany’s position in Europe.

From a strong economy, Germany has become a giant standing on weak energy legs. In the security sphere, a country that relied on the American umbrella and the buffer zone of its eastern neighbours has become an unreliable ally and arms supplier that promises more than it is willing or able to deliver.

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This policy is the result not only of the government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz but also of the previous years of Angela Merkel. Moreover, it will have an impact, in particular, on how Berlin will be perceived as a partner in the future by its eastern neighbours, the Czech Republic or Poland. They may be vitally dependent on the German economy, but the energy and arms lesson will bring considerations about reducing this economic dependence in these countries.

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Martin Ehl

Senior Fellow

Visegrad Insight Senior Fellow. Martin Ehl is the Chief Analyst at Hospodářské noviny (Economic daily)

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