War in Ukraine

Lucinda Creighton: On Ukraine, the German government is increasingly morally bankrupt

Germany, Europe’s largest country, should be leading the fight against Russian aggression – instead, Ukrainians are dying as Berlin drags its feet

For obvious historical reasons, Germany has shied away from taking an overt leadership role in Europe for the past seven decades. Its shyness was somewhat overcome during the financial crisis ten years ago when Angela Merkel, the then chancellor, was jolted into the driver’s seat as the entire European project found itself under an existential threat.

The scale of that challenge forced Germany out of its comfort zone and into a position of leadership on ...