Fdp versus ukraine

fdp versus ukraine

The state of Ukraine and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Germany do not seem to like each other very much at the moment

Wolfgang Kubicki, deputy chairman of the party, advised the Ukrainian ambassador Andrey Melnyk via Facebook that he should "Do not exceed the limits of due restraint", otherwise the diplomat could "Persona non grata" which drew a medium media coverage in Ukraine.

The background is the trouble around the Hamburg techno band Scooter. The band performed last Friday in Bakalava in the Russian-annexed Crimea and had previously entered the country via Moscow. According to Ukrainian law a criminal offense. In June, the Ukrainian diplomat had tried in vain to diade the band’s manager, Jens Thele, from this appearance. The band saw and sees their actions as strictly non-political service to the "Fanbase". Why the fanbase in Crimea of all places is served, not the one in Kursk, Murmansk or Pskov, however, remains in the dark.

Melnyk, who liked to hoard scooters himself in his student days, called the appearance "a crime with serious legal consequences", the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office is already investigating the case. Theoretically, the band members could face up to eight years in prison if they enter Ukraine. Germany is now urged by Ukraine to provide legal support in questioning the band.

In addition, the Ukrainian diplomat asked the RTL channel to interview the band leader H.P. Baxter as a judge from the casting show "Germany is looking for the superstar" to ban. This criticized Kubicki in his post, who himself likes to appear rough-around-the-edges. But the ambassador can hardly "non grata" The German state will no longer tolerate this, just because it has made an effort to impose something on a private broadcaster in Germany. Also the FDP leader Christian Lindner recently made a much rougher echo of the Ukraine conflict. The annexed Crimea should be used as a "permanent temporary solution" he said in the past week that this would not be. He reaffirmed this position to the Bild newspaper on Tuesday, saying that the "an escalation spiral and a Rustungswettlauf" be averted.

Lindner’s statements have received corresponding scolding in the German media, the newspaper "the world" even considers the FDP to be a true liberal "not electable". This may be perceived differently by the electorate. After all, according to polls in July, 83 percent of respondents in Germany consider the U.S. economic sanctions against Russia to be wrong.

The U.S. was also criticized by Kubicki, who said that Washington’s aim was to, "primarily to push through his own economic interests". Thus the 65-year-old reiterated his view that the "RNA Radio", which belongs to the Sputnik media complex of the Russian Federation. Sputnik mixed on its website praising statements of Andrej Hunko, a member of the Bundestag of the Left Party, who is already banned from entering Ukraine due to his Donbas stays.

Sputnik is naturally keen to ennoble the FDP as a pro-Russian party and to bring a bit of unrest into the party structure before the Bundestag elections. But what does the FDP want to achieve in this case, besides getting votes and possibly taking German economic interests into account??

Perhaps it resonates a bit that the party with the least social component has always felt drawn to the rough, to the winners. And isn’t Ukraine, with its corruption, its ailing economy, its impoverished population and its permanent conflict in the southeast, a classic loser that should get in line for once? Kubicki’s tone towards the Ukrainian diplomat suggests this hierarchical structure.

In addition, there is the aubenpolitische tradition of this party, which may be able to participate in a government coalition again in the fall. Lindner himself mentioned the word "policy of detente" in an interview with the RP, a word that Sahra Wagenknecht had also used in praise of the up-and-coming liberal.

Lindner is also supported by two old guards of the FDP: "What Lindner said is completely in line with Genscher’s policy and also with my policy as Aubenminister", Klaus Kinkel told the Tagesspiegel newspaper. Retired diplomat Frank Elbe, who long served as Aubenminister Hans-Dietrich Genscher’s right-hand man, takes ie in Cicero with the words used in the debate "Putinversteher" and "Genscherism", they are "nasty political fighting terms", to make a small party (probably the FDP) even smaller.

But whether Genscher’s policy of detente can be relaunched in such a way? After all, the Ukraine conflict is not a Cold War, but a heiber one in which shots are fired on a daily basis. And will this proposed reorientation in dealing with Russia persuade the Kremlin to eventually provide the self-proclaimed People’s Republics with less weapons and Russian soldiers?

If this kind of realpolitik is really implemented, doesn’t Moscow have the option of opening a new chapter of conflict?? That later again "encapsulated" as Lindner has already called it. Let’s see where else Scooter will perform like this.

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