What always suits German interests and almost never solutions that are beneficial for all EU countries. And the famous solidarity between partners only when it serves Germany’s national interests.
So this spoiled Germany, together with its satellite countries, proves once again, now with the energy crisis, how unreliable and “party” it is.
The country facing the biggest problem due to its greater dependence on Russian natural gas, succeeded and imposed on all countries the mandatory energy savings of 15%. Countries that do not face an energy sufficiency problem must also comply with this decision. For this matter, he invoked a la carte, the theoretical solidarity provided for in the EU Charter.
There is no talk of a joint solution to the overall problem as an EU.
In all previous years, having a privileged relationship with Russia, gas was supplied cheaply to the detriment of the competitiveness of other partners. One would say he did well since he could. But the cheap gas he paid for was not without trade-offs. Germany repaid it by supporting Russia at all levels within the EU. For example, the sanctions imposed by the EU for the annexation of Crimea in 2014 cannot be called sanctions. Caress normal and that’s why he didn’t open his nostrils. But when, in the recent invasion of the Russians in Ukraine, he was forced to coordinate with the reactions of the entire West, he also saw the other side of his friend Russia, which cut off its natural gas and created a problem for it where it never expected it. , as Putin’s privileged interlocutor.
And that’s why, in good times, it didn’t take care to create sufficient storage areas to ensure that it had enough for its needs, in case things went “wrong” as in this case with the war in Ukraine.
Faced with the risk of running out of natural gas next winter and with no FSRU storage space, they began to “sweep” the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market, tying up dozens of ships with their cargo and driving prices to unimaginable heights, creating a huge problem for its other partners who do not have the same financial comfort to pay whatever.
At the same time, they are torpedoing any attempt to put a ceiling on the wholesale price of natural gas to make it affordable for all Europeans, with the funny argument that no producer will sell because there will be a ceiling and there will be a risk of shortage.
In other words, we (the Germans) have money, we buy at any price and adequately secure our industry and our power generation and the rest of you cut your necks!
As for its citizens? He announces a mammoth program for support and subsidies amounting to 200 billion euros, that is, as much as our own GDP! A challenging amount that no country in proportion to its GDP can disburse without fiscal derailment.
At the same time, it is once again putting its feet up in favor of strict fiscal discipline by steadfastly refusing the prospect of a European bond to deal with the consequences of the energy crisis. That is, to create a common debt fund so that all countries can borrow cheaply to face the difficult winter that is coming.
But in that case, what do the rest of the Europeans need, Germany in the EU? Just to sell us her products and decide against us?
And when 15 of the 27 countries, including France and Italy, cannot pass the decision to impose a ceiling on the wholesale price of natural gas just because Germany says nein, then what can we hope for joint actions, common external politics, common defense etc?