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German leader reflects on possible energy protests — Analysis

A “robust economy” and a “stable democracy” will help Germany get through the winter, Chancellor Olaf Scholz believes

Germany is capable of enduring the winter with minimal public disturbance, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz said to FAZ newspaper Tuesday. The country is trying to ease a severe energy crisis that has been caused by Russia’s reduced gas exports.

“I do not believe in such [gloomy] prophecies,”Scholz said that he is afraid of the unknown when asked by the paper if he has any concerns. “popular uprisings.”He admitted that the nation was in trouble, but he did not deny it. “difficult times”Related to “severely restricted gas supplies,”The chancellor stated that Germany is thriving. “a robust economy, reliable welfare system and a stable democracy.” “If we stick together … as a nation, we will get through this,”He said.

Scholz claims that his government is already taking a variety of measures to address the impending energy crisis. These include gas savings measures, which allowed Germany to increase its gas reserves by 85%, and targeted assistance packages for students and pensioners.

Berlin also activated coal-fired power plants. He said that Berlin plans to continue to have its nuclear facilities available beyond their planned phaseout in order to meet additional energy requirements.




This is not the only measure German officials took to conserve energy. Robert Habeck, Economy Minister, Vice-Chancellor, had previously asked people to reduce their use of heating, saunas, showers, and other energy consumption to decrease Russia’s dependence. Mid-August, Habeck also stated that Germany would not allow public buildings to heat above 19° Centigrade during the winter or fall.

In Berlin, authorities announced in August that they will turn off city lights in order to conserve energy. Hannover took it further and cut off all hot water from public buildings including pools and gyms.

The high energy costs don’t sit well with all Germans though. Protests were sparked by rising prices in Leipzig, an eastern city. The far-right as well as the left organized protests. A nationwide demonstration was also announced by the Leipzig office of Left party. “a hot autumn against social cold,”Argument that gas and energy prices are too high “out of control”However, the policies of Scholz & his cabinet are a good fit. “put millions of livelihoods at risk.”

The media and security personnel warned of a potential for major social unrest from high energy costs. “a kid’s birthday party” compared to what’s to come.

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