At the plenary session of the Bundestag, the vote on the proposal for the immediate transfer of German Leopard tanks to the Ukrainian army was again postponed, and the draft document was referred to the committees for consideration.
As the publication notes, the center-right opposition bloc Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) demands a vote on the Bundestag proposal, which calls on the government to immediately allow the export of German tanks and infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine.
This would be tantamount to a vote of no confidence in German Chancellor Scholz’s strategy for Ukraine, as the chancellor has repeatedly ruled out such supplies until other Western allies deliver similar heavy equipment, the publication reminds.
The opposition proposal was particularly dangerous for Scholz and his Social Democratic Party (SPD) because leading politicians from his coalition partners, the Greens and the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) also demanded the supply of German Leopard tanks
“The Bundestag vote on the supply of arms risked revealing fatal cracks in the government’s unity and could even lead to Scholz’s defeat in parliament,” the newspaper writes.
However, after a heated 50-minute debate, the majority of MPs from the SPD, the Greens and the SDP voted to refer the opposition proposal to the foreign affairs and economic affairs committees for further discussion. This effectively delays the plenary vote on the text by several weeks.
However, the government now also faces the risk of renewed pressure next week, as the opposition could demand a plenary vote on another proposal, “Tanks for Ukraine,” which the CDU/CSU initially put forward in June but was also delayed by delegating it to committee level.