Ohe has a guilty conscience at the idea of co-financing Putin’s war in Ukraine with imports of Russian raw materials to Europe, should welcome the oil embargo planned by the EU. Not really, but for those who can’t afford it as gas, electricity and groceries are getting more and more expensive.
For the latter, the Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir (Greens) did not have good news on Wednesday evening at “Maischberger”: “If the war continues, it will have an even greater impact on supermarket prices. ” Nevertheless, he is right to do without Russian oil and “Gradually reduce dependence on authoritarian regimes.
Also a subject on the ARD program: Can we expect a new confinement in the fall? American virologist Anthony Fauci and World Medical Association President Frank Ulrich Montgomery agreed: Probably not, but you have to be prepared. Theo Koll (head of the ZDF capital studio), Hannah Bethke (journalist at the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”) and Sascha Lobo (columnist and author) also commented.
Germany is suddenly ahead. First with the decision to supply anti-aircraft tanks of the “Gepard” type to Ukraine. Then with the EU push to stop Russian oil imports by the end of the year. The German government had hesitated so long with both measures – especially Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD).
And suddenly it is the Greens, the politicians of the Peace Party, who are campaigning for the delivery of heavy weapons. According to Özdemir, this change did not happen as a result of the conflict in Ukraine: “I think the war in Bosnia was like a turning point for us”, said the Federal Minister of Agriculture in an interview with Sandra Maischberger.
The German government has two options to support Ukraine: either intervene in the conflict yourself and thus become a party to the war, or help Ukraine defend itself. “If you say ‘no’ to both, then you say ‘yes’ to murder, in this case even almost to genocide,” Özdemir said.
He said that we had to get rid of the idea that after the war, even in the event of a diplomatic solution, Putin would be treated as before: “As long as Putin is in power, there is no going back to this than it was before the war was.” To stop Putin, the West must support Ukraine and “be tough on Russia.”
Özdemir also mentioned the proposed Russian oil embargo. It is true that Germany is now looking for other oil suppliers. “Unfortunately, we are temporarily doing business with the little Poutines, but we also have to get out of there.” Agriculture should also get involved. For example, mineral fertilizers from Russia should be avoided.
Many Germans notice the war and the harsh sanctions against Russia in everyday life, for example at the supermarket checkout. Most groceries are getting more expensive. For now, Özdemir sees no improvement in this regard: “Energy prices and reduced fertilizer stocks – this will affect prices.” This is why the government must relieve the citizens: “Minimum salary at twelve euros, increase in pensions, with fuel prices, with public transport”, he counted.
At the end of April, Özdemir supported the demands of associations to zero the VAT on certain foods. He has not yet succeeded in convincing Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP). No decision has yet been made.
Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) has already openly stated that an oil embargo would lead to “price jumps” in Germany. Sascha Lobo told “Maischberger” that this message gets across to citizens when you smell the prices. He worries about the poor, who would be hardest hit by rising prices.
Theo Koll said the development was particularly spectacular “because we have never experienced a loss of prosperity in the Federal Republic.” With the disappearance of Russian oil, at some point there will have to be a discussion about how prosperity can be distributed in society. Hannah Bethke thought the same way: even social peace could be threatened “if there is high unemployment or if prices rise so much that everyone is very tense”.
The second major topic of the ARD program was whether the end of the pandemic or another lockdown awaited us in the fall. While major folk festivals such as the Oktoberfest in Munich are again planned in Germany, people in China remain strictly confined. The difference: The Chinese government has a zero-Covid policy. Relatively small gusts lead to severe restrictions.
The trend is towards less lethal corona variants
Washington-connected Dr. Anthony Fauci, a virologist and adviser to the US government, doesn’t think this policy makes sense: “If you impose containment on this scale, you have to prepare the population with vaccinations so that infections do not spread. spread more. Chinese vaccines, however, are not as effective as those from the United States and Europe. As a result, hard locks do not succeed.
Fauci doubted such harsh measures would be taken again in Europe. Nor does he assume that a corona variant will develop in the fall that is both more contagious and more dangerous than the omicron variant: “It is unpredictable what will happen in the fall, but the trend is that the variants are more contagious, but do not become more dangerous.” Nevertheless, the pandemic is “not over”.
A little more caution urged Dr. Frank Ulrich Montgomery: “I’m positive for the summer, but you have to prepare for the fall and keep your immunity high.” Theoretically, it is still possible for a virus to develop against which vaccination does not protect and at the same time as contagious as the omicron variant and as deadly as the delta variant. But he doesn’t assume that: “We can do a lot more now.”