GERMANY - Green Party in Tight Spot

Arno Froese

It’s not easy being Green. No one feels that these days quite like Robert Habeck, the environmentalist party’s former co-chief. Now, as Germany’s economic affairs and climate action minister, he oversees weapons exports and works to secure energy supply for the country.

Habeck’s huge portfolio makes him a central figure in Germany’s Zeitenwende, a term for epochal change that his boss, Chancellor Olaf Scholz, used to define the impact that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had on the country’s foreign policy and position in the world.

[…] Inflation and energy prices, both already reaching all-time highs, bounced even higher as a result of the war and the West’s dramatic sanctions in response. […] Germany had to seriously worry about Russia cutting off the gas it is so dependent on.

“We knew, or could have known, that not only is it dumb to put all your eggs in one country’s basket, but it was probably also not a great idea to put them in this country’s,” Habeck said about Russia at an energy conference in Berlin.

Habeck has called on businesses and residents in Germany to reduce their gas consumption as much as possible.

“We are in a situation where I have to say clearly that every kilowatt hour of energy saved helps,” he told reporters, after activating the first of a three-tier gas emergency plan for the first time in the republic’s history. “You are helping Germany, you are helping Ukraine, when you reduce your use of gas or energy in general.”, 1 April 2022

Arno's Commentary

The Green Party began its work in West Germany in January 1980, fighting for the environment, world peace, and protesting nuclear energy.

In the early days of their existence, it was the late chancellor Helmut Kohl who gave his opinion about the party: “the Greens are like tomatoes, first green, then they turn red.”

That tendency, however, has now backfired with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Green Party now stands solidly behind Ukraine, opposing Russia and even opposing—in conjunction with the USA—the new Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia near St. Petersburg to Greifswald, Germany through the Baltic Sea. The almost finished pipeline is now “on ice.”

Russia’s true intentions remain unknown, besides their claim that their security is threaten by NATO’s invitation to Ukraine to become a member. Western Europe stands strongly behind Ukraine, opposing Russia with innumerable sanctions. Will they work? Only time will tell. Russia will be forced to solidify its friendship with countries other than the West. That, as Bible readers know, points to Ezekiel 38 and 39.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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