Macron warned Germany’s election frontrunner against siding with the US over France.
If German candidate Olaf Scholz wins the election on Sunday, EMMANUEL MACRON may lose an ally in future diplomatic disputes with the US, as he will be under pressure to express support with Joe Biden.
Since President Joe Biden decided to sign a security contract with the UK and Australia last week, cutting Macron out of a historic submarine deal with Canberra, France and the US have been exchanging diplomatic blows. On Tuesday, Germany joined France in criticizing the US for secretly discussing a security treaty with Australia and the United Kingdom.
However, if SPD leader Olaf Scholz succeeds in winning the hearts of German voters on Sunday, things may change.
In what appears to be one of the tightest elections in German history, the Social Democrats are pitted against CDU leader Armin Laschet.
After 16 years in power, the winner will succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor of Germany.
Given the SPD’s history with the US, according to Dr Alim Baluch of the University of Bath, Mr Scholz may be more likely to support President Biden over Emmanuel Macron in order to make amends.
Dr. Baluch was referring to previous SPD leader and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder’s decision in 2002 to oppose participation in the Iraq war.
“When it comes to the United States and France, Germany is in a very tricky position,” he said.
“Germany will be torn, and predicting which side they will support will be tough.
“Because of the background and legacy of the Iraq war, the SPD is under more pressure to build a friendship with the US.
“Schroder was accused of being anti-American, and Merkel, as opposition leader, backed the Iraq war – she now claims she didn’t, but she did.
“As a result, the SPD was under a lot of pressure to demonstrate that they are not anti-American, which is a major no in Germany.
“You must express your thanks to America, as the Cold War’s hero and the unifier of Germany.
“Perhaps, as a result of the pressure on the SPD following Schroder, they must be more cautious in expressing solidarity with the United States.”
However, the University of Bath lecturer pointed out that today’s foreign policy pledges between Armin Laschet and Mr Scholz are quite similar.
“It’s quite difficult to say,” Baluch continued.
The remarks follow Australia’s. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”