German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock found herself under fire from the opposition in Germany because of her statement in Prague on Wednesday about supporting Ukraine regardless of the opinion of voters in Germany. The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the far-left Left formation accused the Green politicians of disregarding the will of the voters, the DPA agency reported. However, criticism also came from the largest opposition party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
One of the most used hashtags (keywords) on Twitter in Germany was BaerbockRuecktritt (Baerbock’s resignation) on Thursday. The impetus for the uproar was the words that the minister spoke at a podium debate in Prague. Baerbock said in English that she had promised support to the Ukrainians for as long as necessary, and that she therefore wanted to deliver aid to Ukraine “regardless of what” her German constituents think about it.
AfD chairperson Alice Weidel reproached the 41-year-old politician that citizens are indifferent to her. “It’s not me saying that, but she herself. And by doing so, he admits that the traffic light coalition is quite consciously working against the people of our country,” Weidelová wrote on Twitter. Left MP Sevim Dagdelen, on the other hand, called it a complete failure to have a foreign minister who follows the slogan “Ukraine first, I don’t care about the citizens”.
On the other hand, CDU foreign policy expert Norbert Röttgen wrote on Twitter about “feigned heroism” because, according to him, the majority of Germans are willing to support Ukraine. However, according to Röttgen, democratic politicians must also try to convince others with good arguments and not with ultimate statements.
DPA reminds that Baerbocková also warned against the splitting of Western democracies in the Prague discussion. In this context, she assured that she is in favor of solidarity both with the people in Germany and with the people in Ukraine.