With the explosion of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines as a result of sabotage, natural gas prices in Europe increased by 30 percent.
The European economy, which was faced with high inflation and expected to enter economic recession due to the sanctions imposed on Russia, became fragile when Russia closed the valve.
European heavy industry bosses said, “Gas should be bought from Russia”. European politicians, arms industry bosses and financial wealthy gave the message to “continue with the sanctions”.
Tens of thousands of people protesting natural gas prices and electricity hikes in many European cities chanted “Sanctions against Russia should be lifted, natural gas should be bought”.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said: “Even if the people take to the streets and protest, we will not take a step back. It doesn’t matter what voters think.” said.
Meeting in this atmosphere, the European Energy Ministers adopted the austerity measures plan.
THOSE TO BUY FROM FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES AND GIVE TO OTHER COMPANIES
The European Union Energy Ministers agreed on the following austerity measures:
– Reducing energy and electricity use by at least 5 percent during the hours when people use the most heating and electricity
-Taking the excess profits of fossil fuel companies as taxes and using them as a “support package” to prevent other companies and businesses from going bankrupt. According to the content of this package, citizens will be provided with “consumption”-oriented aid instead of aid. Taxes from fossil fuel companies will be given to the public as “aid” so that people can “consume comfortably”, and the public will fill the coffers of other companies by consuming. There is no additional tax on giant capitals such as banks, finance, insurance, weapons industry, chemical industry and cosmetics, which are already making excessive profits.
-Tax reduction for companies producing nuclear and renewable energy
EVERYONE WAS SO ANGRY
Bloomberg stated that due to the explosion of Nord Stream 1 and 2, the ministers attending the meeting were very angry and nervous.
According to the information received from the political backstage, the Energy Ministers of the European Union said, “We are too late”. It was reported that the savings measures were discussed today in order to take them “even if it is late”.
WARNING FROM GERMANY TO THE USA AND NORWAY
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck warned the USA and Norway.
Drawing attention to the increase in natural gas prices after Nord Stream 1 and 2, Robert Habeck warned that Norway and the USA should not take advantage of the opportunity to “sell gas to Europe at exorbitant prices and not abuse the situation”.
NORWAY: OUR MILITARY STRENGTH IS INSUFFICIENT
After the sabotage in Nord Stream 1 and 2, Norway announced that it wanted to take action regarding the power lines in the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea, where it sells natural gas from the sea to Europe.
Expressing that the Norwegian pipelines should be protected against the risk of sabotage, Norwegian authorities stated that the Norwegian Armed Forces is not capable of doing this, and that its military forces are quite inadequate.