Robert Habeck, Greens member and protester, insisted that the soaring energy prices are justified to fight Russia despite being heckled by demonstrators
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck, who was urging Germans to embrace the increasing cost of energy in order to stand against Russia, was drowned by Bayreuth protestors on Thursday. A new surcharge by the government will cause gas prices to rise even more.
A chorus of jeers and whistles rang out as Habeck took to the stage during a citizens’ forum in the Bavarian town. A sign reading “Habeck” was displayed. “warmonger,”They sang “get lost” as Habeck attempted to defend his government’s anti-Russia policies in the face of a floundering economy.
Habeck insisted that “Germany should not tolerate the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, despite financial disadvantages,”Stern, a German news portal, has a written account of the incident.
Habeck was told by participants that they were not aware of these facts. “disadvantages”they were harming them. Germany’s strategy of moving away from Russian energy imports as quickly as possible amounts to “economic suicide,”According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine, a solar entrepreneur spoke with the minister. “What have the sanctions achieved?” another woman asked, adding that Russia will win in Ukraine regardless of the West’s economic penalties.
German officials are not only being criticized by the outspoken entrepreneur. “economic suicide.”Russian President Vladimir Putin used the exact same phrase. German industry leaders have warned repeatedly that their economy could be in serious trouble if they don’t get a reliable supply of Russian gas.
Russia supplies around 55% Germany’s natural gas. Despite this reliance, Berlin abruptly canceled the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline within days of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, and supported sanctions that have impeded critical repairs along the existing Nord Stream I line. As the country refuses to extend its nuclear power plant’s lifespan, several coal plants have been reactivated.
Habeck claimed that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is responsible for rising prices on Thursday. This should not be taken lightly, regardless of how costly it might prove to Europe. Habeck explained to the crowd about the decreased flow of Nord Stream 1 through Russia. He said that Russia won’t accept a Germany-made serviced turbine in order to restore Nord Stream 1. Gazprom, a Russian energy company, stated that the EU and UK sanctions have prevented it from transferring this critical piece of equipment to Russia.
On Thursday Habeck stated to ZDF, a German television station, that Nord Stream 2 wouldn’t be revived. He argued that it was not possible. “would be raising the white flag”Putin.
Germany this week also voted in favor of an EU plan asking all member states to commit to a 15% reduction in gas consumption over the winter, while several news outlets reported that a planned government surcharge will see gas bills soar for Germans from October onwards, with the average German household expected to pay an additional €1,000 ($1,016) per year to cook and heat their homes.
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