“Germany’s signal” and “Putin’s act of desperation”: German media about shutting off gas | Analysis of events in political life and society in Germany | DW

Russia’s decision shut off gas to Poland and Bulgaria caused a strong reaction in the German media, it is actively commented on by both the national and regional press.

Tagesspiegel: “The Russian bear is weaker than the West believed”

Thus, the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel regards the incident as “an act of desperation by Putin,” whose power “is beginning to crumble.” “When in early March he threatened Europe with a shutdown of gas, he still had great potential for blackmail. He then demonstrated to Germany and its neighbors what a dangerous dependence they had brought themselves to for many years. Freeze and lose thousands of jobs, for example, in the chemical industry “The price of solidarity with Ukraine still seemed too high, and the demand for a boycott of Russian gas was quickly rejected,” the newspaper recalls.

Yamal-Europe gas pipeline, Malnov compressor station on the German-Polish border

Yamal-Europe gas pipeline, Malnov compressor station on the German-Polish border

But now the situation has changed, the winter is over, Bulgaria and Poland are provided with gas for the coming months, and Europe is quickly adjusting to life without Russian energy carriers. The author of the commentary recommends that Europeans “not overestimate the strength of the Russian bear and not underestimate their own strength.”

“It is quite possible that the measures against Bulgaria and Poland are intended to be a signal to Germany. And that Gazprom will soon test Berlin’s reaction to the cut in supplies. It would still be a very strong blow to the economy, but it is already much better prepared today. And Putin much more urgently in need of income than then.In the 63 days since the beginning of the war, the imaginary giant Russia has shriveled. He is much weaker than the West thought and, apparently, Putin himself,” the Tagesspiegel newspaper emphasizes.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “Germany is more flexible”

The national newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comes to a similar conclusion. In a comment under the heading “Germany’s signal”, she writes that the cessation of Russian gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria “should be taken mainly as a warning and as a test – for Europe and especially for Germany. ” In this situation, the FRG, according to the author, should to have more confidence in one’s own strength: that would be the right answer to Moscow.

Refinery in Leuna of the French company Total

The French company Total has already decided not to supply the Leuna refinery with oil from Russia anymore.

“Germany is actually much better and much more flexible than some of its political and economic elite think. If at first it seemed that it would be possible to achieve independence from Russian oil only by the end of the year, now it has been possible to significantly reduce this dependence in a short time. Both politicians and business should be commended for this,” emphasizes the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

“Unfortunately, it will not be possible to achieve independence from Russian gas so quickly,” the newspaper warns, “but now business is already distributing much less catastrophic scenarios in the event that Russian supplies are cut off, although cutting off gas would undoubtedly mean a serious test.

Handelsblatt: “Better short-term shock than Putin’s victory”

No one argues with the fact that the cessation of Russian gas supplies would result in great economic damage for Germany, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt also notes. At the same time, she criticizes the nature of the public discussion about a possible boycott of supplies from Russia.

Russian tanks in Ukrainian Mariupol

Russian tanks in Ukrainian Mariupol

“Underestimating the consequences would be as frivolous as suggesting that Putin, for his own interests, will not turn off the gas valve. However, this economic discussion looks against the backdrop of the historical scope of what is happening and Russian war crimes some pettysometimes even narcissistic,” the newspaper believes.

“After all, the question is whether the short-term shock of a sudden shutdown of gas is still more innocuous than the long-term consequences of the success of Putin’s imperial policies. His victory, whatever it looks like, would send a signal to autocrats around the world: wage wars of conquest became profitable again. Then the decades of relative peace after the Second World War would have ended irrevocably,” warns the economic newspaper Handelsblatt.

Stuttgarter Zeitung: “The master of the Kremlin is playing his last cards”

The newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung, published in Stuttgart, the capital of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, where a large number of industrial enterprises are concentrated, comes to the following conclusions:

“Putin has taken on Poland and Bulgaria, but he is targeting Germany, the largest national economy on the continent. With serious warnings, the German economy will fall into recession without Russian gas supplies. Putin makes it clear that the cessation of supplies is possible at any time, including in Germany. The master of the Kremlin is playing the last cards he has left. But he is unlikely to succeed,” says the Stuttgarter Zeitung.

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