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How Scholz brutally pushed through the China deal

Diplomats worry: With Germany caught in the crossfire of criticism from its allies over its energy policy with Russia, the confidence of its partners in Europe and America is once again shaky. Doubts are sown as to whether the Germans even recognized the signs of the times.

These are significant events. The traffic light government, which otherwise constantly prides itself on negotiating in secret behind closed doors, this time apparently used the media in a targeted way to build pressure. Not with any third party, but with each other. Leaks became a weapon in internal coalition power struggles.

Blocked by agenda

This was probably also due to the fact that this time power was more unequally distributed than before. Unlike in the case of nuclear power plants, the chancellor did not have the authority to set silver bullet guidelines, but rather the chancellor’s nefarious rule over the federal cabinet’s agenda: Scholz and his men decide what happens next, and thus what the federal government decides. .

And this time was particularly favorable for the government headquarters. Because time was running out for Scholz – and the Chinese. If the cabinet had not banned the deal by October 31, or at least extended the deadline, it would have come into effect automatically. Scholz took advantage of the coldness, so you have to explain what came out of the ministry.

The Chancellery simply refused to put a full stop to the deal on the agenda. And what is not on the agenda cannot be fixed. So if the government had not stepped down, COSCO would have held a 35 percent stake in the Tolerort terminal in the future. And the chancellor apparently felt no great urge to move. There was no hesitation.

Discussions continued on Tuesday afternoon

A compromise was therefore needed, which is now being argued by opponents of the treaty. Because you had no choice. Those involved avoid the word compromise. On Monday evening, “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reported for the first time what a solution might look like: 24.9 percent participation in the terminal instead of 35 percent. and correspondingly less strategic impact. (Read more about the details here.)

However, what sounded like a deal agreed to in the press was actually highly controversial in the federal government on Tuesday. According to T-Online, the six ministries have again made it clear to the chancellor’s office that they don’t really want the Chinese involved. Not 35, not 24.9, not 10 percent. The details were being debated at the state secretary level till Tuesday afternoon.

Robert Habeck
Robert Habeck: His company’s risk analysis was unequivocal. (Source: Michael Kappeler/dpa/dpa-photo)

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SULTAN MAHMUD
SULTAN MAHMUDhttps://nextpress.news/
Bangladesh Politics, Political Development, Party Politics, International Affiars, Liberation War of Bangladesh, Peace and Conflict & Conflict Resolution, Security Studies.
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