“His worst nightmare”: Putin wanted to divide Europe into zones of influence, but only united the EU – Scholz

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According to the German chancellor, despite the current consolidation, the European Union faces serious challenges. These include the expansion of the EU, the problem with migrants and responsibility for one's own security.

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Starting a full-scale war against Ukraine, the President of the Russian Federation wanted to divide Europe into zones of influence and blocs of various states, but achieved the opposite result. The EU and NATO have become stronger and more consolidated, helping Kyiv to withstand Russian aggression. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz writes about this in his article for Foreign Affairs.

“Among Putin's many miscalculations is his bet that an invasion of Ukraine would aggravate relations between his opponents. In fact, the opposite happened: the EU and the transatlantic alliance have become stronger than ever before,” the head of the German government believes.

A German politician called the event “Putin's worst nightmare”.

“The Russian war has not only united the EU, NATO and the G7 against its aggression; it has also catalyzed economic and energy policy changes that will harm Russia in the long run and give momentum to the vital clean energy transition that has already begun,” Scholz commented. .

At the same time, the chancellor emphasizes that even such a consolidated Europe today faces serious challenges. In particular, the expansion of the EU and the integration of new members. Scholz is confident that this will be a difficult process.

“But the path is open and the goal is clear: an EU of more than 500 million free citizens representing the largest internal market in the world, which will set global standards in trade, economic growth, climate change and environmental protection, will host leading research institutes and innovative enterprises. This is a family of stable democracies with unprecedented social security and public infrastructure,” the politician said.

Another important task for the EU is to solve the problem of illegal migration. Scholz notes that Europe must develop a “pragmatic immigration strategy” that is consistent with its values.

“This means reducing illegal migration and at the same time strengthening legal routes to Europe, in particular for skilled workers, which our labor markets need,” he wrote.

In addition, the war in Ukraine showed that it is time for the EU to take care of its own security and strengthen defense. To do this, it is necessary to change the internal bureaucratic procedures, which will require bold political decisions, says Scholz.