Donald Trump, who is once again running for president, stirred up controversy among his Western partners with comments indicating that the US might not defend NATO allies who do not meet a certain spending threshold for defense against a possible Russian attack. This caught the attention of German Foreign Minister Scholz, who expressed concern that any undermining of NATO’s defense agreement could benefit Russia. After meeting with Tusk in Berlin, Scholz emphasized that the security of Poland is a top priority and that all NATO members have an unlimited protection obligation to one another.
Tensions between Germany and Poland have increased in recent years due to diplomatic fallout from the Law and Justice party’s anti-German stance. This came to a head when Warsaw reopened the issue of war reparations from Germany. Scholz reiterated that Germany accepts full responsibility for the atrocities committed during the Second World War, rejecting Poland’s calls for compensation.
Meanwhile, Tusk stressed the necessity of European and US collaboration for the sake of security, recognizing the importance of coordinating defense efforts and expressing confidence in the economic and technological strength of the EU to fortify against potential aggressors. He underscored the crucial cooperation and solidarity between Germany and Poland, especially in the face of threats from Russian imperialism.
Scholz emphasized that any undermining of NATO’s defense agreement could benefit Russia and put Europe at risk. He urged Trump to maintain strong ties with Europe and work together to ensure peace and stability on both sides of the Atlantic. Tusk also called for greater cooperation between Europe and Asia to counterbalance China’s growing power in the region.