France, Germany and Poland differences over Ukraine

In particular the chancellor has resisted intense pressure to supply German-made Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, a stand that has won support for his politically flagging Social Democrats among war-shy Germans (an opinion poll suggests that 61% of Germans oppose such transfers). 

But it has frustrated allies as well as many German policy experts and the opposition Christian Democrats.

The French president’s most provocative move has been to float the possibility that nato forces might undertake non-combat roles in Ukraine. 

They have promised to meet again in a few months. 

The Economist 15 March 2024


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