Scholz and Tusk met to discuss the current state of NATO and the need for stronger security measures in Europe. Scholz expressed concern about the potential undermining of NATO’s defense agreement and how it could benefit Russia. He emphasized that all NATO members have an unlimited protection obligation to one another, including Poland, which is a top priority.
Tusk stressed the importance of European and US collaboration for security, recognizing the need for coordinated defense efforts. He also highlighted the economic and technological strength of the EU as a potential deterrent against aggressors. However, tensions between Germany and Poland have increased in recent years due to diplomatic fallout from the Law and Justice party’s anti-German stance. This came to a head when Warsaw reopened the issue of war reparations from Germany. Scholz reiterated that Germany accepts full responsibility for the atrocities committed during World War II, rejecting Poland’s calls for compensation.