Pipelines and tanks follow Scholes to Spain
The President and his most important ministers go on a school trip to Spain. A left-wing coalition rules there, in which Schalls recognizes his traffic light. But the questions that haunt him in Germany also haunt him across the Atlantic.
DIf there have been recent conflicts at work, coaches recommend forming a team. Why not send managers bouldering or hiking? The excursion that the federal president takes on Wednesday with his most important ministers has a similar effect: they fly to the Spanish Atlantic coast, a Coruna, and the planes of the Air Preparedness Service are again disabled or used by the federal president. , superior in terms of protocol, Scholz, Habeck, Lindner and the six department heads of traffic light in Bundeswehr’s dirty troop transporter.
Finance Minister Lindner blocked the cabinet’s decision to keep nuclear power plants running. They will run for a whole year, not just until April. In doing so, he makes things a little more difficult for Economy Minister Habeck, who is reluctant to follow his fellow Greens on the nuclear issue anyway.
So there’s a lot to talk about. But is there a chance? Officially, the meeting was a German-Spanish government consultation. This format was a stylistic device of the Merkel era. The idea: not only heads of government from allied countries, but also ministers looking for joint projects – meet once a year. More recently, however, the whole thing has fallen asleep: the last German-Spanish government consultations took place in 2013.
Sanchez is expected back in Berlin in October
Scholz has now revived her. He likes Spain. Above all, his government and its head of government: Pedro Sánchez led his Social Democrats from a grand coalition to a left-wing coalition. He leaves the culture wars raging in Spain to his small allies and focuses on economic issues: what he calls a regime for workers.
This will be the third meeting between the two this year. Sanchez is expected back in Berlin in October. In between, the Spanish royal couple visits Germany, and Spain is also the guest country of the Frankfurt Book Fair. “It’s a German-Spanish year, so to speak,” says Schalls happily: “I don’t think it’s exaggerated.”
Is something really happening? Hard to say. The two agreements that Labor Minister Hubertus Heil and Research Minister Betina Stark-Watzinger signed with their colleagues certainly make sense in a broader sense, but could have been sent back and forth via e-mail. The “action plan” agreed upon by the two governments has not been read by all the government members concerned.
The really important issues: energy and weapons
The really important issues are the same ones on Europe’s western edge as they are at home: energy and weapons. Behind the scenes, there is a heated struggle about energy: “Unfortunately, the lack of infrastructure connections in Europe prevents us from fully exploiting the potential we have in the Iberian Peninsula in terms of electricity and gas,” says Sánchez.
He says: His country has liquefied gas ports and would like to supply this – and then hydrogen – to Germany. But technically this is not possible. Because France also wants to do business and hinders the development of transport infrastructure.
Scholz spoke only with French President Emmanuel Macron earlier in the week. Officially, they still believe in his Plasset, but they are also working on a pipeline through the Mediterranean as a Plan B. Of course, it is not yet ready to decide, Macron is still working. “As far as the concrete pipeline is concerned, our general perspective is that we always want to do it in a friendly and cooperative manner,” says Schalls: “We have no idea that it’s impossible.”
In some European capitals, there is discontent over the 200 billion euros traffic lights want to use to subsidize German energy prices after a long back-and-forth. Isn’t that a strain of competition? Asked about this, Sanchez responded with confusion. On the one hand he refers to the internal market as the most important achievement of all the EU, which should be designed as a “level playing field”. Criticism of high German state aid is sounding. On the other hand, Sanchez points out that Germany is the largest economy in this single market and is in particular difficulties.
Sánchez Scholes is also soft on arms delivery. According to Spanish media reports, the Spanish government wanted to supply Ukraine with German-made Panther tanks – but the central government blocked it. An important traffic light politician wants to witness this: the Green Anton Hofreiter, above all, the head of the European group in the Bundestag. Hofreiter says he has “reliable information from the Spanish government” that is “personally stated”.
Faced with this, Sanchez cheats. All applications from Ukraine will be closely scrutinized by his government. Going alone is avoided. Scholz sees it that way.
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