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Germans slam Scholz’s energy rhetoric, say nation ‘on the road to poverty’ amid price hikes and sanctions


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Germans slam Scholz’s energy rhetoric, say nation ‘on the road to poverty’ amid price hikes and sanctions

Germans slam Scholz’s energy rhetoric, say nation ‘on the road to poverty’ amid price hikes and sanctions

Germany’s finance ministry announced in August that energy prices soared 105% year-on-year in 2022 thanks to sharp increases in natural gas and… 25.09.2022, Sputnik International

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The Germans are not buying Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s promises on energy aid to low-income families and energy-intensive industries. “The legislative machine has started to turn and will organize the necessary support very, very quickly,” Scholz said in a video address to the nation posted on his official Twitter account on Saturday. ‘Prices [for electricity, heat and gas] are too high and need to come down,” he added. Blaming Germany’s economic difficulties for “Putin’s war”, Scholz said Berlin had already taken steps to ensure an adequate supply of coal, oil and gas, as well as electricity, in winter. . “We will get through this,” he promised, urging the country to “solve these issues together.” “The issues you list are political decisions you made. Not having the guts to stand up for these decisions but presenting everything as some kind of natural event or something that has no alternative because ‘Putin is evil’ is hypocrisy,” one user said. . “If you don’t put gas and electricity price caps in place in the next few days, businesses and individuals will be out of business by this time next year,” another warned. “The weak Chancellor never dared to say ‘no’ to the United States and Ukraine in the face of huge public bills!” another person complained. “With all due respect, Herr Chancellor… The shop is on fire now, not thanks to Putin, but to your own politics,” someone joked. The thread escalated into a debate over Ukraine, with some users urging Berlin to immediately deliver heavy tanks and armored personnel carriers to Kyiv, while others called on fellow commenters to stop spreading “the propaganda that will lead to the end of all of Europe”. Readers of the German newspaper Welt also gave Scholz a piece of their mind. energy after Western sanctions and restrictions on Russian oil, gas, coal and electricity left Germany and most of Europe facing severe shortages. The Chancellor visited Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over the weekend in hopes of securing new oil and gas contracts. However, the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Arab reported on Sunday that the absence of the energy topic from the official summary of Scholz’s Saturday talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could mean he is not there are no tangible results to report. usually the economic and industrial powerhouse of Europe, has been particularly hard hit by the backlash of the West’s economic “hybrid war” with Russia, with the country’s aluminium, steel and zinc smelters forced reduce production or close, and other energy-intensive factories. industries such as fertilizer makers and fresh and frozen food producers are warning of food shortages unless urgent support measures are implemented immediately. that the Bavarian state government has “sabotaged” the expansion of electricity grids and wind energy and is overstepping the mark on Friday, in an interview with Funke Mediengruppe, Saxony’s Premier Michael Kretschmer urged the federal government to do everything in its power to end the security crisis in Ukraine through negotiations and to relaunch economic cooperation with Russia. as soon as possible.

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Germany’s finance ministry announced in August that energy prices soared 105% year-on-year in 2022 thanks to steep hikes in natural gas and electricity prices. Earlier this month, the Munich-based Institute for Economic Research said it expects the country to slip “into a winter recession” due to the energy crisis.

The Germans are not buying Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s promises on energy aid for low-income families and energy-intensive industries.

“The legislative machine has started to turn and will organize the necessary support very, very quickly,” Scholz said in a video. address to the nation posted on his official Twitter account on Saturday. ‘Prices [for electricity, heat and gas] are too high and need to come down,” he added.

Blaming Germany’s economic difficulties for “Putin’s war”, Scholz said Berlin had already taken steps to ensure an adequate supply of coal, oil and gas, as well as electricity, in winter. “We will get there,” he promised, urging the country to “solve these tasks together.”

Scholz’s Twitter followers expressed skepticism, flood the comments section under his post with “Resign please” feelings and asking why ordinary people should pay the price for his government’s policies. “What do you mean ‘solve this together?’ You got us in this shit in the first place,” one person complained. “And that’s why you stopped 10% of nuclear power production, smart plan!” another one wrote.

“The issues you list are political decisions you made. Not having the guts to stand up for these decisions but presenting everything as some kind of natural event or something that has no alternative because ‘Putin is evil’ is hypocrisy,” one user said. . argued. “If you don’t put gas and electricity price caps in place in the next few days, businesses and individuals will be out of business by this time next year,” another warned. “The weak Chancellor never dared to say ‘no’ to the United States and Ukraine in the face of huge public bills!” another person complained. “With all due respect, Herr Chancellor… The shop is on fire now, not because of Putin, but because of your own politics,” someone said. joked.
The thread degenerated into a debate about Ukraine, with some users urging Berlin will immediately deliver heavy tanks and armored personnel carriers to kyiv, while other asked other commentators to stop spreading “propaganda that will lead to the end of all of Europe”.
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Readers of the German newspaper Welt also gave their opinion to Scholz.

“The same person who raised prices with his energy policy is now asking for lower prices? We are speechless in the face of such statements!” one person wrote. “This government is only a year old, and we are on the road to poverty. Whole concepts of life are crumbling to dust. For whom and for what?” “At first he raised prices with unnecessary penalties, and now he demands that they be reduced,” quipped a third.

Berlin has been looking for alternative energy sources after Western sanctions and restrictions on Russian oil, gas, coal and electricity left Germany and most of Europe facing severe shortages. The Chancellor visited Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over the weekend in hopes of securing new oil and gas contracts. However, the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Arab reported on Sunday that the absence of the energy topic from the official summary of Scholz’s Saturday talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could mean he is not there are no tangible results to report.

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Germany, traditionally the economic and industrial powerhouse of Europe, has been particularly hard hit by the backlash of the West’s economic “hybrid war” with Russia, aluminum, steel and the country’s zinc being forced to reduce production or shut down, and other sources of energy. -intensive industries such as fertilizer makers and fresh and frozen food producers warn of food shortages unless urgent support measures are implemented immediately.
Welt reported on Sunday that three of Germany’s 16 federal states want the country to be divided into energy pricing zones amid allegations from northern state officials that the Bavarian state government has ‘sabotaged’ the expansion of electricity grids and wind power and transmitted increased energy costs onto other regions.
In an interview with Funke Mediengruppe on Friday, Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer urged the federal government to do everything possible to end the security crisis in Ukraine through negotiations and relaunch economic cooperation with Russia as soon as possible.
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