About: Olaf Scholz

Energy 19-05-2022

Germany, Denmark, Netherlands and Belgium sign €135 billion offshore wind pact

Heads of government from the North Sea countries gathered in Esbjerg to sign a cooperation agreement on offshore wind development and “green” hydrogen. They will target at least 65 GW by 2030 and 150 GW by 2050.
Future EU 17-05-2022

Europe’s new leaders are coming from the periphery

The construction of a new European architecture is underway, built around the point of relations with Russia - and new European leaders are shaping a new form, one we will live in and observe for decades to come, writes Orhan Dragaš.
Global Europe 17-05-2022

Border changes? Germany takes position against ‘diktat peace’ in Ukraine

Russia will not get away with trying to redraw Ukraine's borders by creating facts on the ground, German chancellor Olaf Scholz said on 16 May, insisting that the West would not stand for a "diktat," forced on the country.
Global Europe 15-05-2022

Ukraine wages counteroffensive against Russian forces in east

Ukrainian forces have launched a counteroffensive near the Russian-held town of Izium in eastern Ukraine, a regional governor said on Saturday (14 May), in what could prove a serious setback for Moscow's plans to capture the entire Donbas region.
Politics 13-05-2022

Scholz to face major litmus test in elections of largest German state

On Sunday, 15 May, voters in the largest German state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), will head to the polls. The results in the 17 million inhabitant state will be the first time that Chancellor Olaf Scholz is being judged by voters.
Eastern Europe 10-05-2022

German foreign minister calls for prosecution of war criminals during Ukraine visit

German Foreign minister Annalena Baerbock travelled to Kyiv on Tuesday (10 May) as the first minister of Scholz’s cabinet, where she demanded that the “war crimes and the crimes against humanity”  be investigated.
Global Europe 10-05-2022

Scholz and Macron to reignite Franco-German engine on EU-integration

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to intensify the Franco-German tandem and to lead Europe on a path of reform to enable a stronger and more sovereign EU.
Future EU 09-05-2022

Germany calls for Western Balkan enlargement, abolition of unanimity

Germany wants to use the Conference on the Future of Europe as a starting point to further develop the EU, possibly change treaties and abolish unanimity decision-making for EU foreign policy matters.
Politics 06-05-2022

Zelenskyy ends diplomatic row with Germany over Steinmeier disinvitation

After Ukrainian authorities said in mid-April that German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was not welcome in Ukraine over his alleged ties to Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reconciled his differences with Steinmeier in a phone call on Thursday.
Politics 03-05-2022

Public opinion crumbles over German war support to Ukraine

Multiple open letters urging the German government to pressure Ukraine into a compromise with Vladimir Putin are gathering support in the country, with high-ranking politicians backing the call. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian civil society has called the move “disturbing.”
Politics 03-05-2022

Ukrainian ambassador tells Scholz ‘war is not a kindergarten’

After German chancellor Scholz announced on Monday that he will not visit Ukraine as Kyiv did not welcome German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier over his alleged close ties to Russia, the Ukrainian ambassador backfired.
Politics 02-05-2022

Germany pushes for closer ties with India amid Ukraine war

Germany announced on Monday (2 May) to strengthen the bilateral ties with India in a bid to support the effort of the EU to relaunch the relationship with New Delhi and to increase cooperation with "like-minded" states.
EU-India 02-05-2022

Ukraine on agenda as Indian PM Modi visits Europe

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Europe on Monday (2 May) with New Delhi's refusal to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine set to be a key talking point in meetings with regional leaders.

Macron’s re-election could reduce Germany’s influence in Europe

The re-election of French President Emmanuel Macron has strengthened his vision of a sovereign Europe and could also reduce Germany's potential for political leadership within the EU.
Politics 20-04-2022

Delivery of heavy weapons no longer ‘taboo’, foreign minister says

With German chancellor Olaf Scholz increasingly caught in a crossfire over his hesitancy to assist Ukraine, foreign minister Annalena Baerbock stressed on Wednesday (20 April) that the shipment of heavy weaponry would now be on the table.
Global Europe 13-04-2022

Leaders of Poland and Baltic states in Kyiv to discuss military assistance

The presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia arrived in Kyiv to meet Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and discuss military assistance, while Russia warned that vehicles transporting weapons on Ukrainian territory would be considered as legitimate military targets.
Global Europe 12-04-2022

Putin visit: Austrian Chancellor urges investigation of war crimes

During a visit to the Kremlin, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer urged Putin to investigate war crimes in Ukraine and establish humanitarian corridors, but the proposals were not well recieved.
Energy 31-03-2022

Putin backtracks on demand that gas is paid for with roubles

During a call with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Russian President Vladimir Putin has pulled back on demanding that gas deliveries be paid in roubles, sparking criticism from Ukraine.
Economy & Jobs 24-03-2022

G7 leaders agree on no new sanctions, want to close loopholes

Leaders of the world's most developed nations agreed on Thursday (24 March) to work together on implementing the sanctions currently in force against Russia so that they cannot be circumvented through evasive actions by Russian entities, but did not agree on any new sanctions against Moscow.
Energy 07-03-2022

Germany signs initial contract to build first LNG terminal

The German state bank KfW and the Dutch utility Gasunie have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the construction of the first LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel, Germany.
Europe's East 28-02-2022

Russia’s war in Ukraine triggers U-turn in Germany’s foreign policy thinking

The German government has broken with its long-standing tradition of its foreign and security policy that was rooted in ‘peace’ diplomacy and reserved defence spending and termed the Ukraine war to be a “turning point” in its policy approach.
Energy 28-02-2022

Germany considers keeping nuclear power plants online

Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, the German government is examining every option to keep the country warm and reduce its energy dependence on Russia. Keeping nuclear power plants online is being examined, but may be unlikely.
Europe's East 27-02-2022

Germany boosts defence spending in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine

Germany will establish a special defence fund worth €100 billion to increase the country's military’s operational capabilities after years of neglect, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Sunday (27 February), in what could be seen as a major shift in Berlin's defence spending.
Energy 22-02-2022

Germany halts Nord Stream 2

Germany has put a halt to the certification of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to Russia’s recognition of the two breakaway regions in the Ukrainian Donbas and announced that it would revaluate the procedure.