© Global Look Press / Max LudwigFILE PHOTO: Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder
Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government is "completely helpless," head of Bavaria Markus Soeder says
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his cabinet have led Germany into a "serious national crisis," Markus Soeder, the prime minister of the nation's most populous state, Bavaria, told journalists on Saturday. Berlin can now hardly find a way out of this predicament, the politician warned
, adding that the government's "budget emergency" would likely turn into another burden for ordinary Germans.
His words came as the federal government announced the lifting of energy-price controls by the end of the year.
Limits on electricity and gas prices were introduced in 2022 to protect households and businesses from soaring prices of gas and electricity as Germany was actively slashing energy imports from Russia, along with many other EU nations. The measure was introduced in response to the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine.The brakes were to remain in place until at least March 2024, but Berlin had to change its plans after the German Constitutional Court blocked its attempt to transfer €60 billion ($66 billion) from the Covid-19 pandemic fund to other projects.
According to Soeder, the lack of funding and the corresponding budget crisis are "nothing but this government's emergency." Scholz and his cabinet have absolutely no policy plan and are "completely... mindless," said the politician, who also leads Bavaria's biggest party - the Christian Social Union (CSU). "This government has gone bankrupt," he added.
"Basically, we have a government that is just reeling," he told journalists on the sidelines of his party's meeting in Nuremberg ahead of the EU parliament elections. Soeder also branded the declaration of the "budget emergency" by Berlin as a sign of the "complete helplessness" of the government coalition.
The head of Bavaria in particular criticized the federal government's strategy of combating energy price hikes resulting from forgoing Russian energy supplies with mere subsidies. "The idea of just subsidizing electricity prices doesn't work. A different energy policy is needed. That is the core of the problem,"
he said, demanding that Berlin reverse its nuclear power plants' phaseout in particular.
Now, removing the energy price brakes would lead to a high level of uncertainty for the economy and send electricity prices for both citizens and companies up, he warned.
Last year, Germany and the broader EU faced an energy crisis, largely caused by the loss of Russian gas imports due to Ukraine-related sanctions against Moscow. Berlin managed to substitute some of the gas it had previously bought from Russia, but high energy costs still weakened Germany's economy and pushed up inflation. Germany fell into a technical recession in the first quarter of 2023 and demonstrated little recovery in the following two quarters.
In another article there was, Germany today could do what Hitler did but faster - Hungary's top MP
Speaker Laszlo Kover....
"We have no reason to be happy that the Germans are destroying themselves and are doing so with a whirlwind speed, perhaps faster than Hitler did," Kover asserted.
Hitler needed 12 years to accomplish this, those who are now [in Berlin] do not even need 12 years to send Germany to the ground in every sense, economically and socially.
Those who have followed German politics might recall, that warnings that a deterioration would happen from some of the implemented policies have not been missing.
The quality of the German Government is exemplified by the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. From Ukraine will 'strengthen EU' - German FM
Speaking at the Green Party Conference in Karlsruhe on Saturday, Baerbock insisted that the EU and NATO will continue to back Kiev because they view such support as geopolitically critical.
"It's in our own geopolitical interest that Ukraine joins the European Union, which is why we will not only continue our support for Ukraine, but also strengthen it in the EU and NATO," she said, stressing that "Europe is our life insurance and that's what is important and geostrategically crucial."
"Today it is clear that Ukraine will strengthen the EU in the foreseeable future," she stressed.
Last month, Baerbock said that Ukraine's future "lies in" the EU, including regions that were incorporated by Russia in 2022 but are still claimed by Kiev. "[The EU] will soon stretch from Lisbon to Lugansk," Baerbock told journalists on the sidelines of the EU foreign ministers' meeting in the Ukrainian capital.
Such words are more for encouraging Ukraine to fight on, and not concerned about the problems for the German people, but then there have been many other indications:
While one can blame the German Government, it is also a US vassal state, as evident from the weak response from Germany to the Nord Stream sabotage in September 2022:
In short, there is more to German politics than what the German politicians say. And moving from Germany to the EU, the situation is not much better:'F**k the EU': Nuland's decade-old Maidan quip has never been more true
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