Berlin is seeking to become the guarantor of the continent’s security, the chancellor stated in a piece for Foreign Affairs magazine
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz attends a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on December 1, 2022. © AFP / Tobias SCHWARZ/AFP
With the world undergoing tectonic changes, Germany’s role must be to ensure Europe’s security, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has written in an article for Foreign Affairs magazine. The beginning of Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine marked the end of an era, he states.
Penned by Scholz and published on Monday, the piece begins with the premise that an “epochal tectonic shift” is taking place, with new powers emerging to shape a multipolar world – an observation bearing similarities to recent assessments by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Germany, Scholz writes, is “doing everything it can to defend and foster an international order based on the principles of the UN Charter.”
As part of this effort, “Germans are intent on becoming the guarantor of European security that our allies expect us to be, a bridge builder within the European Union,” he explains.
According to the chancellor, this is the only way Berlin can “successfully navigate the geopolitical rifts of our time.”