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Germany in the pocket of the Russians due to imported gas dependency

Another undiplomatic outburst from Donald Trump is reported in The Grauniad. The PotUS tells NATO that Germany is in the pocket of the Russians because of its dependency on imported gas. We think he may have a point; Germany may be held in high regard by environmentalists because of its decision to drop nuclear power and deploy huge amounts of wind and solar, but the fact is that Germany still burns huge amounts of the filthiest of thermal coal and, as Trump kindly points out, is heavily dependent on Russia to keep the gas flowing.

Aside from the billions of euros leaving Germany for the Kremlin, it also compromises any part Germany may be asked to play in deploying sanctions against Russia and Putin. As the people of Ukraine found out last winter, energy and global politics are rarely unrelated.

You can read the Guardian story here.

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