Scholz advocated for the countries of the Western Balkans, but also for the Marshall Plan to Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz again advocated on Wednesday that the Western Balkan countries strengthen their EU membership prospects and prepare a kind of Marshall Plan for post-war reconstruction for Ukraine, he said in an address to the Bundestag on Wednesday.

“The European Union must finally give the green light to the opening of negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania,” said Chancellor Olaf Scholz, explaining his government’s policies ahead of a series of summits between the European Union, NATO and the G7.

Scholz expressed hope that tomorrow’s summit between the Western Balkans and the European Union, ahead of the EU Council summit, would find a solution to Bulgaria’s blockade on opening negotiations between the European Union and northern Macedonia.

“If we do not show solidarity with those countries, then Russia and China will use it,” Scholz said.

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He expressed understanding for the plans of some leaders of the Western Balkan countries, who considered the possibility of not coming to tomorrow’s summit due to the blockade of Bulgaria, which they later gave up.

At the same time, the German Chancellor emphasized that with the process of bringing the countries of the Western Balkans closer to the European Union, internal reform of the European Union is needed in order to increase its ability to accept new members.

As one of the elements of the reform, Scholz mentioned the partial abandonment of the principle of unanimous decision-making.

Marshall Plan for Ukraine

Scholz devoted much of his address to the Bundestag ahead of the EU, NATO and G7 summits to the war in Ukraine, arguing that Germany-Russia relations had been damaged in the long run by the attack on Ukraine.

“A partnership with aggressive and imperialist Russia under Vladimir Putin is unthinkable in the long run,” Scholz said.

At the same time, the German chancellor said that all ties with Moscow should not be cut off.

“It would not be wise to unilaterally annul fundamental acts between NATO and Russia. That would only help Putin and his propaganda, “Scholz said.

The German Chancellor stressed the need to adopt some kind of Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

“During a visit to Ukraine last week, the destruction of Ukrainian cities reminded me of devastated Germany after World War II,” Scholz said.

He announced further comprehensive assistance to Ukraine.

“We will continue to support Ukraine financially, economically, humanitarianly, politically and militarily. And that is as long as Ukraine needs that help “, said the social democratic politician Scholz.

The prime minister of the coalition government also promised support to Lithuania regarding the current conflict with Russia over transit for the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

“We will defend every inch of the territory of NATO member states,” Scholz said.

By Editor