Olaf Scholz is an ardent critic of the Belarusian regime.
The Bundestag at its meeting elected the representative of the Social Democrats Olaf Scholz as the new Federal Chancellor of Germany. Scholz replaces Angela Merkel, who ruled Germany for 16 years
Independent analysts believe that the new coalition that has formed in Germany will behave more harshly with dictatorial regimes, including the Belarusian one.
Olaf Scholz openly criticized Lukashenka.
In August 2020, on the website of the Bild newspaper, Scholz said that he, just like the demonstrators in Belarus, considers Lukashenka's resignation inevitable.
“I think that the one who treats his people this way has lost all right to legitimately govern the country,” Scholz noted, adding that the last word, however, should remain with Belarusians.
“Lukashenka does not have the support of the majority of the population. If everything develops according to democratic rules, Lukashenka will not retain his post. We do not accept what is happening there (in Belarus -edit.) He is a terrible dictator,” the Bild newspaper quoted the politician as he said.
“It is necessary to make Lukashenka understand that this will not work and that he will. To get away with his actions,” the German politician emphasized at the time.
Also, the politician actively commented on the role of Lukashenka in the crisis with migrants. After Angela Merkel called the Belarusian dictator, Olaf Scholz spoke in favor of increasing sanctions pressure on the ruler:
- First of all, it is necessary to clearly say that we are talking about a bad dictator in Belarus. And there is no need to hide anything, he has lost all legitimacy.