An impressive two-thirds majority of 513 MEPs voted in favour of a resolution to this effect.

It also called for an embargo on Russian nuclear fuel and the complete abandonment of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines. In addition, the EU Commission and the member states were instructed to present a plan to secure the EU’s energy supply security in the short term.

Othmar Karas of the Austrian ÖVP, First Vice-President of the European Parliament, said: “This is a clear bipartisan message: we must do everything to stop Putin.” German MEP Peter Liese (CDU), on the other hand, invoked the Bucha massacre [the perpetrators have not yet been found] and stated in all seriousness: “We must hit Putin and his oligarchs where it hurts them most. That happens to be the energy sector.”

But the fact that the energy sector is Europe’s Achilles’ heel above all has apparently not yet sunk in with the highly-paid MEPs.

Hypocrisy is rife

Contrary to its general political line, the German government is still hesitant to completely cut off Russian energy supplies to the country as persistent warnings of drastic import bans are coming from industry in particular.

The new Bosch boss Stefan Hartung issued the latest warning. He now told the German business daily Handelsblatt: “The fact is: we need gas for production.”

In particular, semiconductor production urgently requires energy security. “If Germany unilaterally refrains from Russian gas deliveries, highly relevant elements of the supply chain will not only break up at Bosch. I have therefore decided not to forego gas supplies for the time being,” explained Hartung. If there were no gas during a delivery stop, “we would not be able to start up again, with all the consequences.” This would mean that “the industrial basis of our business location would disappear, and not just for a few months”.

Economists at the Hans Böckler Foundation expect a delivery stop to result in a greater slump in overall economic output than in the Corona crisis year 2020. In the worst scenario, in which energy costs rise rapidly as a result of an embargo, there will be a “decline in gross domestic product in 2022 by more than six percent,” according to a special analysis by the Foundation’s Institute for Macroeconomics and Business Cycle Research.

Greens intend to squeeze taxpayers harder

And while the Greens are happy that German taxpayers are impoverished by gas prices to further their anti-auto agenda, the tax burden is also set to increased significantly. Would German voters be happy to keep paying for Green folly?

The German Tax Union is expecting a re-run of the solidarity surcharge due to the immense costs caused by the Corona pandemic and Ukraine war. “The financial burden on the federal government is increasing rapidly every day because of all the crises,” said union president Thomas Eigenthaler to the Stuttgarter Zeitung and the Stuttgarter Nachrichten. From his point of view, these costs “cannot be borne without an update of the solidarity surcharge”.

In the end, Eigenthaler said, politicians would not be able to withstand the fact that additional financial solidarity would only be provided by a few taxpayers. He therefore predicted that the federal government would “sooner or later ask about 80 percent of taxpayers to pay up once more”.