Baerbock: No new dependencies on autocracies

Germany’s foreign minister has warned against entering into new dependencies on autocratic systems when seeking energy suppliers. 

Baerbock: Keine neuen Abhängigkeiten von Autokratien
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Berlin (dpa) – Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has warned against entering into new dependencies on autocratic systems when seeking energy suppliers for Germany. Reliable partners will be necessary in the future, the Green politician said on Tuesday at the Business Forum of the Conference of the Heads of German Missions, entitled “Business for Climate Protection and Sustainability”. “We cannot afford a second time to rely on the hope that things won’t turn out so badly with such autocratic governments,” she added. Baerbock did not say which countries she was referring to.

When Germany now enters into energy partnerships for liquefied natural gas for example, Baerbock said that it is clear that “(t)his will have to switch to climate-neutral gas in the future. To green hydrogen. That is the only path we can take in our new energy partnerships.” Talking about industry’s dependence on raw materials from China, Baerbock urged business representatives not to close their eyes to what was happening in the country. She said that this applied to the German government’s planned China strategy. “And I hope it also applies to your other business activities,” she added. The business world can also not afford to act again in line with the “business-first credo”, Baerbock believes, “without taking into account the long-term risks and dependencies”.