Ukraine lost the war, we need a peace plan now!

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German publisher and journalist: Ukraine has lost the war, we need a peace plan now!

June 17, 2022 (EIRNS)—In one of the major German talk shows, “Maischberger” (ARD) on June 15, top journalist and publisher Wolfram Weimer spoke out forcefully in favor of a negotiated peace to end the war, on the eve of the visit to Kyiv by Scholz, Macron and Draghi. He is well connected in the international and German media. This kind of intervention has recently been lacking on national talk shows. On the contrary, when someone dared to speak out against the continuation of the war, or to criticize it in any other way, he was severely attacked. Something else may be happening behind the scenes – at least one faction fight, which hopefully could gain more traction. Although it appears that Weimer’s intervention was not widely covered by mainstream media, social media picked it up partially and it is now included at the end of his bio on Wikipedia.

In what the ARD website called “the moment of the evening,” Weimer said, “We have to admit to ourselves an unpleasant truth, and that is that Russia has won this war. … In fact, Russia has practically conquered the Donbass now.” The territorial gains are huge, he said, and the land connection with Crimea is there. He asked, “How is Russia going to lose this war now?” Ukraine does not have the strength, even with the weapons that we can still provide,” Weimer said. According to him, Russia is winning the battle even in the game of international sanctions. “We cannot win this war, we have to end it as soon as possible.

Weimer then asked: “Actually, Berlin must now present a peace plan. ARD Berlin journalist Kerstin Palzer said she didn’t believe Scholz would finally go to Kyiv and then say, “Dear Ukrainians, give up now. It is absolutely inconceivable. Weimer replied, “We are talking about a ceasefire. The call to arms cannot end this political game. Surely we must come to a time when this war stops. When Palzer again continued with “Scholz and Macron have been on the phone with Putin for weeks, and as far as I can tell, nothing comes of it.” Weimer emphasized again: “This war is lost, as much as it hurts.”

His intervention came on the talk show which dealt with the current crises and what the government is doing or rather not doing, with German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann, SPD co-chair Saskia Esken, Kabarett actor Mathias Richling, a Bavarian pensioner, and Kerstin Palzer, journalist at ARD Berlin. In the first part of this discussion, Weimer criticized the ruling coalition for “showing no leadership.” He called inflation “the biggest political problem that Germany has at present. … They are throwing money around. It has consequences as far as inflation is concerned. … Inflation is not it’s not inevitable, it’s the result of bad monetary policy,” Weimer said, calling on ECB President Christine Lagarde to urgently change her policy.

Weimer worked as a business editor for FAZ, was editor of Die Welt, Berliner Morgenpost, de Cicero and Focus, before founding the Weimer Media Group, which publishes The European, Wirtschaftskurier and Pardon. He writes a weekly column for n-tv. By background, he is a conservative liberal; his wife directs the annual Ludwig Erhard lectures. (He wrote his thesis in the United States on the Bank of North America controversy.)

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