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German Reluctance to Lead Exposed by Ukraine

A rally attended by soldiers and police in Odessa, Ukraine, on Jan. 22.

A rally attended by soldiers and police in Odessa, Ukraine, on Jan. 22.

Photographer: Christopher Occhicone/Bloomberg

It took but a few hours for the memes to appear on social media.

Germany’s announcement yesterday of 5,000 helmets for Ukraine rather than the defensive weapons Kyiv is seeking was pilloried as a bad joke that further undermined the credibility of Olaf Scholz’s seven-week-old government.