Updated 22.06.2022 at 15:24
- Chancellor Olaf Scholz made a government statement before the Bundestag on the forthcoming European Council, the G7 summit in Elmau and the NATO summit in Madrid.
- The government’s statement will be followed by a debate.
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Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke in the Bundestag on Wednesday afternoon about the upcoming EU, G7 and NATO summits. After a 20-minute government statement, the SPD’s policy is followed by a one-and-a-half-hour debate.
The Heads of State and Government of the European Union will meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. Against the background of the Russian offensive war against Ukraine, attention is focused on the candidacy of the country and Moldova to join the EU. The European Commission on Friday recommended officially nominating Ukraine and Moldova as candidates for EU membership. Scholz was in Kiev last week with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Scholz and Macron campaigned for Ukraine to obtain candidate status.
There are two more peaks for Scholz
After the European Council, there are two more summits for Scholz. As of Sunday, the heads of state and government of seven leading industrialized nations will meet at Elmau Castle in Bavaria for a three-day G7 summit. In addition to the Ukrainian war, the dominant themes are the fight against hunger and global warming. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also wants to take part.
At the NATO summit in Madrid on June 28-30, the Alliance’s partners want to discuss a new strategic concept. The planned accession of Finland and Sweden, which is currently blocking Turkey, should also be an issue.
Federal Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht (SPD) answered questions from MEPs at Wednesday’s start of the Bundestag meeting. Almost four months after the start of the war, the first heavy weapons from Germany arrived in Ukraine on Tuesday in the form of the Panzerhaubitz 2000 artillery.
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