One Love armband in Qatar and resolution against Iran: How Germany is gambling away any energy security

As far as the concern of the federal government is concerned, it has long been about gestures and no longer about performance. The sabotage of Nord Stream was a hostile act that directly targeted German interests. But who in the political class is willing to leave their comfort zone and deal with the recent attacks on German infrastructure?

By Seyed Alireza Mousavi

With the Ukraine war, the US leadership has already managed to ruin any prospect of possible rapprochement between Germany and Russia in the near and distant future and to tie Berlin even more closely to the US side. For this reason, a frantic search for alternative sources of supply has recently erupted in Germany to replace Russian gas and save the country from a dramatic energy crisis. However, Berlin has recently maneuvered itself into complete isolation due to its high “morality” on a global scale. As far as the concerns of the federal government are concerned, in Berlin it has long been about gestures and no longer about performance – namely about the implementation of German interests in the current geopolitical situation.

Media report: Germany is holding secret talks with Iran about oil supplies

Media report: Germany is holding secret talks with Iran about oil supplies

Germany recently requested a special session on the human rights situation in Iran, “especially with regard to women and girls”. Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock traveled to Geneva herself to plead for the resolution against Iran.

The West has been waging an unprecedented media campaign against Iran since mid-September on the pretext that a 22-year-old Iranian woman allegedly died in police custody in Iran. Under the concept of feminist foreign policy, Germany has taken a leading role in supporting the recent unrest in Iran. At the same time, it should be noted that Germany recently held secret talks with the government in Tehran to acquire Iranian oil and thereby become independent from Russian oil.

With the latest resolution, however, the tone between Berlin and Tehran has sharpened drastically. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian criticized Germany and for the first time described the federal government as “the regime in Berlin”. He also accused Germany of supplying Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons that were used against the Iranian population in the Iran-Iraq war. Tehran accuses Berlin of wanting to start a civil war in Iran. Against the background of the recent tensions, a possible oil deal between Germany and Iran has become a distant prospect.

At the same time, the Gulf state of Qatar, as the host of the soccer World Cup, has become the target of media attacks by the German government over the past few days for alleged “human rights violations”. Qatar has been accused of not giving the West a stage at the World Cup to promote its core values.

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DFB captain Manuel Neuer wanted to wear the One Love armband as a “sign of diversity and tolerance” in the game against Japan at the World Cup. However, he refrained from doing so after the world football association FIFA threatened penalties for the players. In protest, the German internationals covered their mouths during the team photo before the game against Japan. After the armband “surrender”, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser tried to salvage Germany’s renewed reputation as a “moral superpower” by wearing the armband at the stadium alongside FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Economics Minister Robert Habeck said last week that the idea of ​​a football World Cup in Qatar was “stupid”. Qatari Energy Minister Saad Sherida al-Kaabi then said he was shocked by Habeck’s comments about the tournament. Coinciding with the “One Love” debate, Qatar and China signed a major long-term LNG deal last week. Germany got nothing because the federal government did not want to get involved in such long maturities. The Qatar-China treaty was a slap in the face for Habeck and the federal government.

For Foreign Minister Baerbock, it’s basically about taking a stand as a woman against the alleged discrimination against women in Iran and thus not alienating her Greens voters. This is also the case with Interior Minister Faeser, who wanted to send a signal against LGBTQ+ opponents in the Gulf region by wearing the One Love bandage. However, these are only symbolic gestures. The German professional politicians are not ready to leave their comfort zone and deal with Germany’s energy security in the future. The sabotage of Germany’s Nord Stream 1 and 2 energy arteries was a hostile act that directly targeted German interests. But who in the political class in Berlin is willing to take the risk and launch a thorough investigation into the attacks on German infrastructure?

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