The sanctions imposed on Russia as a result of the invasion of Ukraine are effective – says the German government in its response to the questioning submitted by a Left Party parliamentarian.
The executive in Berlin estimates that the Russian economy will contract by 15% this year.
After the Russian attack in Ukraine, Germany and other EU countries jointly adopted six sanctions packages, including an embargo on coal and oil. The sanctions are deliberately designed in such a way that their effects hit Russia much harder than the EU, however, given the economic interconnections, some effects of the sanctions also affect the states that imposed them – admit the German authorities.
Disputes in the German parliament regarding the effectiveness of the sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation
The Federal Ministry of Economy specifies that the punitive measures target those responsible for the war in Ukraine, but also the financing options of the Russian state. They also have an impact on the course of the war, weakening the military capabilities and the industrial base in the long term – the ministry writes in the response to the questioning of Sören Pellmann, deputy of the Left Party.
In reply, Pellmann classifies the ministry’s explanations as absurd and states that Russia would hardly be affected at all by the sanctions, which, however, hit Germany.
Recently, Wolfgang Kubicki, vice-president of the Bundestag, requested the commissioning of the Nord Stream II pipeline, which is being completed. The liberal argued that if the Germans run out of gas while Putin continues to “make money on their backs”, the Kremlin leader would achieve a great propaganda success, reports Rador.
Germans are not happy with Chancellor Olaf Scholz
About 62% of German citizens are dissatisfied with Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government, according to a survey carried out by the INSA institute for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, dpa reports on Sunday.
Only 25% of the respondents declared that they were satisfied with Scholz, according to the cited survey, published on Sunday.
The assessment of the ruling coalition – formed by Scholz’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), Free Democrats (FDP, pro-business) and the Greens – was equally negative: 65% of Germans declared themselves dissatisfied with the government’s work federal and only 27% declared themselves satisfied.
The survey was aimed at obtaining a general appreciation of the coalition’s activity, not an evaluation on specific topics.
According to Bild am Sonntag, in a similar poll that was conducted in early March, 46% of those surveyed said they were satisfied with Scholz’s work, while 39% said they were not. At the same time, 44% of the respondents stated that the current ruling coalition is doing a good job, and 43% disagreed with this assessment.
The dpa agency mentions that the German executive under the leadership of Scholz faced several challenges, including the increase in living standards and energy prices, consequences of the war started by Russia in Ukraine.
The INSA survey was conducted on August 19 on a representative sample of 1,002 people, at the request of Bild am Sonntag, reports Agerpres.
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