The Importance of Annalena Baerbock

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Germany’s first female Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, is turning out to be an important player in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis.

  • On 19 April 2021, the Greens Party announced Annalena Baerbock as its Chancellor candidate for the German national elections. She was leading the polls at 25% in May 2021.
  • But belated reporting of an additional income source, allegations of plagiarism in her book and false additions in her resume, meant that her approval ratings took a beating.
  • Baerbock was probably the only fierce opponent, among the Chancellor candidates, of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. She faced the ire of the Russian disinformation campaigns due to this.
  • At the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue summit, Baerbock even spoke about how Germany had a chance in 2014 to rethink its dependence on Russia for energy imports, and it did nothing.
  • According to political experts, ever since the Russia-Ukraine war has begun, Annalena Baerbock has realigned her politics to present a principled and calculated stand against Russia.
  • Annalena Baerbock has always been in the favor of a feminist foreign policy, much to the annoyance of many of her peers. It has been a leitmotif in all her international speeches.
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