Germany’s coalition government is divided over whether to send heavy weaponry to Ukraine, with Social Democratic Chancellor Olaf Scholz at odds with the Greens and liberal FDP, who are in favour of giving the green light to the shipments.
It raises the question: Is Germany now doing enough to help Ukraine?
Berlin has participated in EU-wide sanctions against Russia, as well as undergoing some considerable policy shifts in solidarity with Ukraine. But it has also come under fire, both for funding Putin’s war through its continual hefty purchases of Russian energy, and for its reluctance to supply heavy weaponry to Kyiv.
What exactly has Berlin offered so far in terms of military aid and energy sanctions, where is it falling short and what should we make of the Bundestag’s efforts so far? Here’s what you need to know.