"Storage is well filled": Federal Network Agency boss Müller calls for "Maischberger" to save
Created: 11/30/2022 10:51 am
Klaus Müller (B'90/Greens, head of the Federal Network Agency) warns of "Maischberger".
© WDR/Melanie Grande
Do the Germans have to be prepared for extensive blackouts in winter?
"Maischberger" tries to bring light into the darkness.
Berlin – In the past few days, videos of Chinese citizens protesting for their freedom have gone viral.
China's state media usually keeps such images away from the world population so as not to jeopardize the constructed image of strength.
Experts suspect that the wave of protests is taking up so much space that the censors can no longer keep up.
But where does the sudden anger of the Chinese people come from?
China expert Kai Strittmatter justifies this in the show with the tough and month-long coronavirus lockdown, which claimed many lives because people had lost their jobs or starved to death in quarantine, for example.
In addition, the Chinese fear a permanent restriction of their freedom.
"Xi Jinping is an absolute control freak," says Strittmatter about the Chinese President and therefore also assumes that the surveillance measures will continue to exist after the pandemic.
“All the more you have to admire the people who take to the streets.
That's absolutely insane," Strittmatter continues, calling the riots in the Chinese streets "historic."
The editor of the
also described the great dependence on China as a mistake.
Economic columnist Rainer Hank agreed with the expert, but at the same time gave the reason for the dependency: "It has nourished our prosperity."
"Well-filled storage tanks" and "significant savings": Müller gives the all-clear for this winter
The current energy crisis, which was caused by the abandonment of Russian gas, shows just how uncomfortable dependence on a single trading partner can be.
Klaus Müller, head of the Federal Network Agency, calms the minds of concerned citizens in this regard.
“We have filled the storage well.
We have seen significant savings,” he says, praising the willingness to forgo heating in the colder months.
"I can't hide a certain tension," even Müller admits.
Since the gas price brake only caps 80 percent of consumption, the Green politician appeals to save as much as possible on the remaining 20 percent.
This alone would make economic sense.
With a view to the coming winters in 2023 and 2024, this also supported the federal government in completely filling up the storage tanks so that they did not have to start from scratch again.
Müller emphasizes that the current gas reserves would cover up to ten heating weeks if no supplies came in, which will not be the case.
If, contrary to expectations, there should be a bottleneck, according to Müller, private households would be the last link in the chain that could expect savings anyway.
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, B'90/Greens, head of the Federal Network Agency
, editor at the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" and China expert
, publicist and feminist, editor of Emma magazine
, ARD's Ukraine correspondent
, moderator of the "ARD morning magazine"
, economics columnist for the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung"
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"Maischberger": How likely is a blackout?
When the word "bottleneck" is mentioned, moderator Sandra Maischberger talks about the emergency.
Is a blackout, i.e. a widespread power failure, one of the scenarios that Germans have to prepare for in winter?
Here, too, Klaus Müller calms the moderator and her audience.
"Germany has a very good power supply."
This supply is spread across different resources, so it is unlikely that people would have to remain in the dark for days or weeks.
However, the head of the Federal Network Agency does not want to rule out shorter intervals in which the power fails.
In addition, it would have always existed.
The Federal Ministry for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, for example, is increasingly calling for stockpiling in commercials.
Müller agrees with this appeal.
Caution can never hurt, even if he does not classify the situation in this country as precarious.
Alice Schwarzer continues to oppose arms deliveries in the Ukraine war
The situation is very different in Ukraine.
After Russia's attacks on the country's energy infrastructure, people are struggling to survive in the winter power outages.
Maischberger asks how much longer the civilian population can hold out.
Ukraine correspondent Vassili Golod recalls the unbroken will of Ukrainian citizens.
"For people, it's about their lives," which is why no one thinks of giving up.
Alice Schwarzer, publicist and feminist, editor of the magazine "Emma", in conversation with Sandra Maischberger.
© WDR/Melanie Grande
At the beginning of the war of aggression, publicist Alice Schwarzer spoke out explicitly and loudly against German arms deliveries to Ukraine.
Despite the military successes of the attacked country, nothing has changed in their decision.
"It takes longer with weapons," explains Schwarzer, referring to the suffering of the Ukrainians.
The women's rights activist speaks out once again for negotiations to end this war.
Schwarzer also criticizes the role played by the USA in this conflict.
The Ukrainians would have to bleed for the Americans' proxy war with the Russians.
Golod dismisses this thesis as a conspiracy theory because the USA is not to blame for the fact that Russia does not accept Ukraine's desire for freedom.
"Maischberger" - The conclusion of the show
It is very likely that no one in Germany will have to freeze this winter.
The full gas reservoirs prevent the catastrophic scenario that is often conjured up.
Large-scale and long-lasting blackouts can also be ruled out by the head of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller.
Nonetheless, citizens should limit their consumption to help the government provide resources for the coming winters.
We are currently experiencing how powerful each individual can be in China and Ukraine, where the population is fighting against oppression and war.
We Germans are not allowed to make a comparison with the fate of these people in need, but their courage and perseverance can be an inspiration for us.