It’s not all bad for the besieged Olaf Scholz. Germany’s Chancellor and his party, the SPD, have risen in the election polls as voters embrace his Ukraine scepticism. Scholz recently quashed another Ukrainian request for the “Taurus” long-range missiles as SPD leaders and voters alike fear that a delivery of the weapons would lead to direct German involvement in the war. During that period, support for his party grew 1.5 percentage points, putting the ruling party at 16%.

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These findings will provide a welcome surprise for the German Chancellor, whose party support has suffered since early 2022. Will it be enough to save him at the next election?