The former US president Donald Trump has once again thrown his hat in the ring for the presidency, and his comments about NATO defense have sparked controversy among his Western allies. According to reports, Trump suggested that the US might not defend NATO allies who do not meet a certain spending threshold for defense against a potential Russian attack. This caught the attention of German Foreign Minister Scholz, who expressed concerns that any weakening of NATO’s defense agreement could benefit Russia.
After meeting with Tusk in Berlin, Scholz emphasized the importance of cooperation and solidarity between Germany and Poland, especially in light of threats from Russian imperialism. Tusk stressed the necessity of European and US collaboration for 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.
Tensions between Germany and Poland have been on the rise 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 World War II, rejecting Poland’s calls for compensation.