“We will be respected in all capitals of the world if we believe that the European Union can be not only a power of civilization, economy and science, but also a military power,” Tusk told a joint conference with Scholz.
“The story turned out to be extremely cruel and surprising. A few years ago, no one would have thought that Poland and Germany would cooperate closely, including militarily, to defend Ukraine against Russian aggression,” Tusk said.
Earlier in Paris, before a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Tusk took inspiration from French literature and proclaimed that NATO should be an alliance of “All for one and one for all!” »
Scholz struck the same note at his joint press conference with Tusk in Berlin, saying that “NATO’s promise of protection applies without reservation: all for one, one for all.”
The three leaders are trying to revive the so-called Weimar Triangle between Poland, Germany and France, created in 1991 but frozen under the previous Polish government of the nationalist Law and Justice party. This government, in power from 2015 until the October elections, harbored a deep historical dislike of Germany and angered France by canceling a major helicopter contract.
“The close cooperation between our three countries – Germany, Poland and France – is very important for all of us,” Scholz said. “This is why I also propose that the Weimar Triangle receives new impetus at the level of heads of state and government in order to give new impetus to the European Union.”