Petr Bystron of the far-right Alternative for Germany party slammed the chancellor’s decision to give Ukraine Leopard tanks
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a question time at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin on January 25, 2023. © Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP
A member of parliament from the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz of undermining one of the fundamental principles of Germany’s foreign policy since the end of World War II. Petr Bystron’s criticism came in response to Scholz’s decision to provide Ukraine with 14 Leopard tanks.
Addressing the chancellor in the German parliament on Wednesday, Bystron argued that Scholz would “go down in history” as a leader who had negated the “never again” tenet long espoused by Berlin. According to the AfD lawmaker, this principle was taken to mean, among other things, abstention from weapons exports to conflict zones.
He went on to remind fellow MPs and the chancellor that Germany bears special responsibility for the victims of World War II, including those in the Soviet Union.
Bystron suggested that Scholz’s latest decision was in stark contrast to the legacy of his “great” Social-Democratic predecessors, such as Willy Brant and Helmut Schmidt, who had “done a lot for peace and reconciliation.”
“Millions of [German] citizens are asking themselves: ‘Why, what for did you do that?’” the AfD politician claimed.