Manuela Schwesig: “As Prime Minister, I don’t care about these details”

Germany File squelch missing

“As Prime Minister, I don’t care about these details”

The main file on the creation of the MV Climat Foundation would have disappeared

What was the influence of Nord Stream 2 AG on Manuela Schwesig and the SPD? A Schwerin state government filing may shed some light. But apparently he is nowhere to be found. “Either there isn’t really any, or it won’t be communicated to us,” says WELT journalist Alexej Hock.

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The Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig, does not consider herself responsible for the missing file on the creation of the foundation for climate protection: I ask you to understand that she cannot deal with it.

According to research by WELT AM SONNTAG, the main file on the creation of the controversial MV climate foundation could not be found. As a result, after the change of government, the file was lost from the then Christian Ministry of Energy (SPD) to the now responsible Ministry of Economy. It is therefore no longer possible to understand how much Russia influenced the state government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline.

On the sidelines of the 11th Democracy Festival in Neubrandenburg, the NDR questioned Manuela Schwesig (SPD) on the dossier. The Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was dry. “Both ministries commented on this,” she told NDR. When asked whether the file had disappeared or not, she replied: “Both ministries denied the allegations yesterday and commented on them and I ask you to understand that as Prime Minister I am not concerned by these details.

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On Monday, Schwesig launched a Twitter feed declaring that Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine is a war crime and a violation of international law. However, she deleted the tweets after less than a minute. A few hours later, she posted it again. “Anyone who denies Russia’s responsibility, like some protesters in Neubrandenburg on May Day, deprives the important arms supply debate of any factual basis,” he added. she writes there.

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Regarding the criticisms of then Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) in the run up to the creation of Nord Stream 2, Schwesig said on Monday: “We said from the start that the state – the state government and the state parliament – ​​would decide independently.” The federal government was only informed that Schwesig was told on the sidelines of a commemoration event in Wöbbelin.

The federal and state governments have always supported the Nord Stream 2 project, the head of government stressed. “At the time, we supported this project as an affordable and secure gas supply project, in particular for the transition to the energy transition and as a major infrastructure project in our country.”

The state government denied that the file had been lost to the dpa news agency. “The Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Economy agree that the documents for the creation of the climate protection foundation have been handed over to the energy department,” a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Economy said on Saturday. Economy in Schwerin.

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The former Minister of Energy and current Minister of the Interior at the Christian level told WELT AM SONNTAG: “The file remained with the Ministry of Energy.” However, this ministry was dissolved under a new departmental structure. He was unable to say where the sensitive papers ended up.

Opposition warns state government, calls for Schwesig’s resignation

The FDP opposition in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has warned the state government of the disappearance of relevant information about the foundation. “We don’t want to have any unpleasant surprises”, said parliamentary group leader René Domke recently. He expressed concern that important documents might have been “erased or otherwise destroyed”.

Federal CDU Secretary General Mario Czaja has called for Prime Minister Schwesig to resign. WELT AM SONNTAG he said: ‘If the allegations were true, she would have caused serious damage to her office. Chancellor Olaf Scholz must finally clarify the Kremlin’s influence on SPD policy. “A prime minister who allows himself to be controlled by a foreign state is not acceptable,” Czaja said.

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The energy policy spokesman for the Greens parliamentary group in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Hannes Damm, told WELT AM SONNTAG: “We are amazed that the main dossier on the founding of the foundation has been lost. This raises many new questions.

From May, a committee of inquiry in the parliament of the Land of Schwerin, initiated by the CDU, the Greens and the FDP, will deal with the events surrounding the climate foundation. The foundation had supported the construction of the German-Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2. The commissioning of the line was stopped by the federal government after Russia’s attack on Ukraine. The foundation is to be dissolved according to the will of the Schwerin state parliament, but it has not yet been clarified whether this is legally possible.

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