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Commentary: It is impossible to restore Ukraine at the expense of the growth of total EU debts | Comments from DW Reviewers and Guest Writers | DW

The war in Ukraine is far from over, and no one today can say how it will eventually end. The fact that the Russian troops are completely took control of Mariupol and thus strengthened the land corridor to the Crimea, shows that Putin is experiencing more than defeat in the war. It seems that the European Commission started thinking too early about how to help restore Ukraine. After all, today no one even knows what parts of the country will henceforth remain under the control of Kyiv.

The proposal to restore Ukraine by increasing the total debt of the EU seems inappropriate also because Brussels’ own interests are too obvious. European Commission under the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen (Ursula von der Leyen) operates huge sums for the restoration of Ukraine and invites all EU member states to take general loans for this purpose. At the same time, the money for the previous “recovery”, which, after the coronavirus pandemic, should have been revive the European economyhave not yet been spent, and the EU is trying to stake out the next special budget for the restoration of Ukraine.

Two years ago, they swore they swore that “covid” borrowings from the European Union would be made only as an exception. But in fact, this program was seen in Brussels and some southern EU countries as the first step towards a long-term increase in the overall debt of the EU. And this path was blazed by Olaf Scholz, when he was still minister of finance. If the liberal democrats in Germany want to make their position clearer, they must see to it that Berlin prevents this unwise move.

Posted by Nicolas Busse, FAZ columnist

Without the right to republish. © Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH, Frankfurt am Main.

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