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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz leaves the podium after his speech at the German parliament Bundestag at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany's Scholz says G7 to discuss 'Marshall plan' for Ukraine


German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday that he wants to discuss the outlines of a “Marshall plan for Ukraine” with the leaders of the Group of Seven countries at their upcoming summit in Germany.

Scholz hopes for a united front on long-term support for Ukraine when he hosts the annual G7 summit in Bavaria next week. The group of the world's leading economic powers is made up of the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Canada and Japan.

The chancellor told Germany's parliament that “rebuilding Ukraine will be a task for generations." Recalling his visit last week to Irpin, a Kyiv suburb that saw intense fighting, he said that “some things there remind not just me of the pictures of German cities after World War II.”

Like Europe then, “Ukraine today needs a Marshall plan for its rebuilding,” Scholz said — referring to the U.S.-sponsored plan that helped revive European economies after WWII.

Billions of dollars will be needed to finance rebuilding over years, and that can only work if European nations, other major donor countries and international organizations work together, Scholz said. He has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss the matter with the G-7 leaders by video link on Monday.

Aside from funding, “one thing is really decisive — we must agree ... what such a ‘Marshall plan for Ukraine’ can look like,” he added. “How we coordinate it internationally; how we decide together in the future what investments advance Ukraine fastest on its European path.”

Scholz said that, together with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, he will call for a high-ranking expert conference on Ukraine to be convened under the umbrella of Germany's G7 presidency.

European Union leaders are expect at a summit Thursday and Friday to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate for membership, kicking off a progress that will likely take years and whose success isn't guaranteed.

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Empty rhetoric. You can't have a Marshall plan when you are sending all your money to Russia Mr Scholz. Have you taken back the land you gave Russia for the Nord2 landing site?

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Another dumb idea.

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Wishful thinking

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Give the Ukrainians whatever they need, Remember, Putin thinks he’s Peter the Great, so you know who’s next.

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Ridiculous !

Could you wait until the war is over before announcing your pipe dream

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Like Europe then, “Ukraine today needs a Marshall plan for its rebuilding,” Scholz said — referring to the U.S.-sponsored plan that helped revive European economies after WWII.

While I'm in favor of a Marshall Plan, I continue to be astonished at how few people understand what was required for those nations receiving "assistance" under the Plan. It established the number of hours every able person was required to work. It put into leadership positions those people who were most instrumental in industry before and during the war. These, and other rules, were possible because Germany had unconditionally surrendered. It was more than U.S. capital being a "catalyst". It was called the Marshall Plan after the general who was FDR's Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, who drew up the plan, and was administered without corruption.

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The key word is recovery, and Ukraine is being hammered right now by a far bigger foe. They need all the help they can get right now, not later.

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So they will rebuild Russian occupied Ukraine?

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I was thinking more along the lines of Ukraine occupied Ukraine.

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