‘UK’s biggest threat isn’t Mad Vlad but "weak" Germany making a deal with him’

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    The UK should be wary of a future threat in the form of Germany, a defence expert has said.

    While many are rightly fearing what Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing, and is about to do, Professor Anthony Glees has warned that we should perhaps be keeping an eye on a much more potentially dangerous threat.

    Speaking exclusively to the Daily Star about future threats the UK faces, he said: “The German threat that I fear is not a resurgent, strong and powerful Germany.

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    “It is a weak Germany, a re-rerun of the Weimar Republic of 1918-33 where economic hard times, an understandable dislike of effective military strength combines with weak political leadership to prevent Vladimir Putin from getting the humiliation on the battlefield and the war crimes trial he deserves.

    “Frau Merkel's recent interview with Der Spiegel said that Putin took advantage of her leaving office in December 2021 to invade Ukraine, adding that she had lost power the moment she'd made it clear she'd be gone.

    “But, and this is the big but, she'd wanted to use power to convince other European leaders to cut a deal with Putin, and give him what he wanted – Ukraine.

    “It wasn't using power to drive him out of Ukrainian territory, far from it.”

    And while Angela Merkel is long gone, The University of Buckingham professor fears her replacement is even weaker.

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    Merkel was replaced was Chancellor of Germany by 64-year-old Olaf Scholz.

    He is the leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany – and has been labelled as a “dithering weakling” by Professor Glees.

    He explained: “He has, as we all know, simply carried on with her policy of appeasing Putin's Russia. This will turn into a disaster if it continues.

    “I mention the Weimar Republic not just because of the economic issues, but because there were many leading German figures who looked to Russia, even Lenin's and Stalin's Russia, as an ally for Germany; who thought Germany could be a kind of neutral buffer between Russia and the West, a Germany that wandered between two worlds.

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    “The Weimar German army trained in Russia and links between them and the Red Army were cordial.

    “However great are out domestic problems right now, however short we are of cash in the national kitty, Britain cannot afford to drop its guard – more than ever, we need alert intelligence-led security agencies and an armed force of which we can be proud.

    “The red flag is flying.

    “It's not the red flag of Communism, it's the red flag of danger.”

    The Daily Star has reached out to Downing Street for comment.

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