Scholz was silent on the Holocaust comparison |
Baerbock shows the chancellor how plain text works
After the scandal in the chancellor, many questions remain unanswered, including: Why was Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64, SPD) silent at the time when he was the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (87) the Holocaust relativized? Why did he even shake his hand afterwards?
The fact is: Scholz could have learned from the vice chancellor and the foreign minister how to speak plain language in difficult situations. Both recently proved this on their trips abroad.
Annalena Baerbock in Turkey
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock (41, Greens) argued with her counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (54) in front of the cameras during her visit to Turkey at the end of July.
Questions about northern Syria, human rights, the island dispute with the Greeks, the PKK terrorist organization and the Kurdish-Syrian YPG militia came up. The sky burned again and again.
Baerbock nevertheless kept his head, deftly brushed off baseless accusations from her Turkish counterpart (“I hope there’s a translation error!”) – and repeatedly put him in his place, for example by emphasizing that one should listen to each other, even even though your ears might hurt.
In retrospect, there was both praise (from the Turkish opposition) and criticism (from the Turkish community) for the snail festival.
Habeck with the Palestinians
Federal Minister of Economy and Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (52, Greens) spoke directly to Mohammed Schtaje (64), Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, during his visit to Ramallah in early June.
After Schtaje’s one-sided statements and accusations, Habeck made it clear: “I understand that (…) the loss of innocent people worries you and weighs on your soul, but (…) I think to stop the violence sitting also means working in your own garden, to stop those responsible for the murder (…).” He called Shtaje: “Stop the violence in Israel, it is the escalation that brings further problems.” And further: “Turning the other way (…) leads nowhere. (…) Use your influence on those you might be able to influence to stop the murder.”
This is the only way to a peaceful future.