Quite a few compatriots tend to self-denigrate. Often they not only accept their neighbors' criticism of German politics, but also turn their anti-German reflexes into attacks, only to then lash out at the federal government in a way that lacks all measure.
You could see it in the tussle over possible tank deliveries to Ukraine. For weeks, half of Europe and many Germans acted as if Berlin would surrender Ukraine to annihilation because the federal government refused to hand over Leopard tanks to Kiev and to allow its partners to pass on the Leos.
However, the moment the Chancellor moved, ready to deliver an impressive number of Leopard tanks and wants to supplement this delivery with the tanks of the allies, it becomes apparent that the reliability of some allies rather than the German ones leaves something to be desired leaves. After all, none of the governments that were just fuming behind the scenes about Berlin are willing or able to deliver the number of tanks that Germany is promising to provide.
Chancellor Scholz was right in relying exclusively on the Americans and their tank deliveries and not listening to the European wind blowers and barrel organ players who practice German bashing and - when it comes to an oath - like unmasked imposters in the bushes.
Where is the armed force that has not yet been able to roll out because of German hesitation? Canada has promised the Ukrainians four tanks, and Poland is planning to deliver 14 tanks. Russia will be impressed.
One may be annoyed by the chancellor's hesitation, the sometimes migraine-inducing rhetoric and consider the imposing behavior of some European and German opposition politicians to be more appropriate. But the dispute over the supply of tanks shows once again that whoever has a sense of responsibility comes on soft feet. Only yobs make noise.