The Marshall Plan .. Germany shakes off the “dust of war” from Ukraine

During his speech to the German parliament, Schulz stressed that his country’s strategy to support Kyiv depends on long-term support, in what is called “Marshall”, explaining that “Ukraine gets the weapons it needs especially in the current stage of the war,” and stressed that his country will supply weapons. Today, and in the future.

Schultz also promised long-term support to Kiev for post-war “aggressive Russian” reconstruction, saying these would be “important for generations”.

He added, “What we need is a (Marshall Plan) similar to the one in Europe after World War II, in reference to the American initiative under which the United States provided billions to rebuild Western Europe after World War II.”

The Marshall Plan is a program that was applied in the period following the Second World War with the aim of aiding the devastated European countries in reconstruction. The United States sponsored this program, and its features were drawn by its Secretary of State, George Marshall, in a speech he delivered at Harvard University in 1947, then approved by Congress under the name of the European Recovery Program .

The plan relied pivotally on the return of the economies of European countries, including Germany and Italy, after the war, and with the end of the plan in 1951, economic activity – in the countries that received aid worth more than 13 billion dollars – exceeded the levels it was before the war.

The history of the plan dates back to the expansion of Soviet influence during the war, and the subsequent increase in tension between eastern and western Europe, Marshall saw in communism as a threat to European stability.

In contrast, the Soviets believed that the Marshall Plan was an attempt to interfere in the private affairs of European countries. As a result, some countries orbiting the Soviet Union, such as Czechoslovakia and Poland, refrained from accepting US aid. This caused, at least in part, the economy of the Soviet Union to lag behind its counterparts in Western Europe and the United States.

The implementation of the plan began with shipments docked in the ports of Holland and France, carrying food and basic materials, followed by the arrival of many industrial equipment such as tractors, turbines and forming machines – lathes – in addition to the fuel needed to operate those equipment.

German politician Hussein Khader told “Sky News Arabia” that the strategy that the German Chancellor spoke about in Parliament today revolves around providing long-term support to Ukraine at several levels, whether militarily, politically or economically.

Khader believes that German politics has witnessed a major transformation since the beginning of the Ukrainian war, especially with regard to the foreign policy file. Berlin has provided continuous support to its neighbor in its war with Russia, and the support will continue during the coming period and may include other non-military sectors in the event the war ends and reconstruction.

Khader points to the importance of joint support policies to enhance interdependence among the European Union countries, stressing that Russia has long sought to dispel this joint cooperation and stir up differences between the countries of the Union with the aim of weakening it as a force in the face of its expansionist plans, as he put it.

Khidr stresses Germany’s keenness to reach a peaceful solution between the two countries to prevent more bloodshed and stop the human suffering of the dead and refugees, stressing that Chancellor Schulz was keen on taking all the roads for a diplomatic and political solution before in cooperation with European partners, and therefore it was a duty to provide support to Ukraine.

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