Amid renewed presidential aspirations, Donald Trump has sparked controversy among NATO allies with comments suggesting that the US might not defend those who do not meet a certain spending threshold for defense against a possible Russian attack. This has caught the attention of German Foreign Minister Scholz, who expressed concern that any undermining of NATO’s defense agreement could benefit Russia.
Following their meeting in Berlin, Scholz emphasized the importance of unlimited protection between NATO members and stressed the crucial cooperation and solidarity between Germany and Poland, especially in the face of threats from Russian imperialism. Meanwhile, Tusk stressed the need for 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 increased 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 atrocities committed during World War II, rejecting Poland’s calls for compensation.