18 mar 2023 9:13 p.m
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig is still criticized for her commitment to Nord Stream 2. However, she rejects calls for her resignation – her critics work with allegations and insinuations “up to and including conspiracy theories”.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) has again rejected the resignation demands made against her for her support for the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline. There is “no reason” for a withdrawal from the head of the state government, said Schwesig Schwerin People’s Newspaper with. In an interview, she accused her critics of working with allegations and insinuations “up to and including conspiracy theories”:
“And I want to say very clearly: There’s nothing to it. Most people know exactly what it was like with Nord Stream, because we’ve always dealt with it openly and transparently,” emphasized Schwesig.
Most recently, CDU leader Friedrich Merz had asked for her resignation in connection with the affair surrounding the climate foundation MV, which was founded to complete Nord Stream 2. However, Schwesig explained that the state and federal government, large parts of the economy and also the population were in favor of the construction of the second gas pipeline, through which more Russian natural gas should have come to Germany.
In response to the USA’s threat of sanctions against companies that had been involved in the construction, the state parliament instructed the state government to stick to the completion of the Baltic Sea pipeline and finally decided to found the climate protection foundation MV. With their help, the pipeline was also completed, circumventing the threat of sanctions, but never went into operation due to Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine war.
“From today’s point of view, with the turn of the century, you can see things differently. But we have to jump to the years 2020 and 2021, and that was the majority position,” argued Schwesig.
The CDU, SPD government partner in Schwerin until 2021, accused her of wanting to distract from her own responsibility with her constant allegations.
“Because the CDU supported Nord Stream 2 and the foundation both in the state government and in the state parliament.”
Criticism came not only from the CDU, but also from the Greens, the FDP and the AfD. On Tuesday, the state parliament in Schwerin will deal with the processes surrounding the climate foundation in a special session. Recently, there have been heated debates after it became known that the foundation’s tax files had been burned by a tax officer, but that the state parliament had not been informed about this, despite inquiries. A parliamentary committee of inquiry is now to deal with the actions of the state government in connection with Nord Stream 2.
More on the subject – Schwesig’s “Foundation Gate”: The most important documents of the founding act of the climate foundation are missing (rt de/dpa)
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