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Scholz’s caution over tanks for Ukraine echoed on Berlin streets

German chancellor’s hesitation about sending Leopard 2 vehicles finds sympathy among public

The hesitation with which German chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived at Wednesday’s decision to deliver a company of Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, also allowing other European states to deliver more, has frustrated partners in Europe and puzzled political allies in Berlin. But to Hilde Blücher the pace was just right.

“I thought it was likeable that he was wavering”, said the 73-year-old pensioner from the Düsseldorf area, passing outside the Russian embassy on Berlin’s Unter den Linden boulevard on a visit to the capital. “I think the decision is right, but it was also right to take time to think it through.”

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