Germany Finally Unleashes Its Mighty Military Machine

In… Australia?

Makes sense, if you think about it. That’s about as far away from Ukraine as you can get. It’s called deterrence or something.

Germany’s military ramps up presence in Indo-Pacific – Germany’s Bundeswehr is increasing its military presence in the Indo-Pacific — at a time when war rages closer to home, in Ukraine.

A war is raging in Europe. This has put a spotlight on Germany’s Bundeswehr and its shortcomings, with leading officers deploring a dramatic shortage of functional equipment.

And yet, Germany’s air force is currently participating in a military exercise on the other side of the globe, in Australia, where it has sent six Eurofighter jets.

German Of The Day: “Egal, was meine deutschen Wähler denken”

That means it doesn’t matter what my German voters think.

We know what’s best for you. Sheeple. Just shut up and go with the plan already. Like you did with the Covid madness, for instance. You did that really well. And Merkel’s Migrant Madness, of course. Good job. So what’s with this hysteria about the currrent Green energy turnaround with built-in Russian gas dependency? It’ll work out. Just give us some more time. Who is in a better position to fix this problem? We created it, after all. Just trust us and do what you’re told. We’ll get back to you if we have any questions. Not.

According to the foreign minister (Annalena Baerbock, Greens), sanctions against Russia will not be lifted even if there are protests over high energy prices.

Germans Already Pay More For Their Energy Than Anybody Else

And now prices will be rising dramatically? Well, maybe they’re doing something wrong. Maybe it’s, I dunno, political or something? Nah.

Spanish Electricity Costs 67% Less German Power – Spanish electricity cost less than half of what German power did in the market in August as it benefited from a cap on natural gas prices, according to Spain’s association of large energy users.

The average price for electricity in Spain’s wholesale market in August was 154.89 euros ($156) per megawatt-hour, without including a cost related to the cap, the AEGE group said. That was 67% less than in the German market and 69% less than in the French market, it said in a survey released Wednesday. Spanish prices are still significantly lower when the cap is added.

“Weaponizing Energy Supplies?”

Sure. If you voluntarily give them that weapon. What else would you expect?

Nord Stream 1: Russia’s Gazprom halts gas supply to Germany – Russian energy giant Gazprom said due to maintenance on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline there would be no gas flow to Germany between August 31 and September 3. Berlin has accused Moscow of weaponizing energy supplies.

After sanctions were imposed on Russia following Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, Russia has also cut off supply to Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Poland completely, and reduced flows via other pipelines.

German Of The Day: Bittere Realität

That means bitter reality. You know, like the bitter reality others have been warning Germans about for many years now?

German economy minister says ‘bitter reality’ is Russia will not resume gas supply – Germany faces the “bitter reality” that Russia will not restore gas supplies to the country, the German economy minister said on Monday, ahead of planned halt by state energy giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM) of exports to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

“It won’t come back … It is the bitter reality,” Robert Habeck said in a panel with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

German Of The Day: Brennholz

That means firewood. Oh, how Green hearts are filling with warmth these days. Firewood warmth. Their policies are finally forcing, I mean convincing their compatriots to get back to Nature with a capital N!

Germans are looking to firewood for energy as natural gas prices soar – Skyrocketing prices for natural gas have Europeans scrambling for alternative energy sources. In Germany, where households face a 480 euro rise in their gas bills, people are resorting to stockpiling firewood.

The Law Of Unintended Consequences

We’re from the government and we’re here to help. Again. Resistance is futile. No force in the universe can stop us from helping you so shut up and let us help you already.

Germany’s latest consumer tax (they keep coming in hot and heavy) was meant to help offset soaring gas prices by helping energy companies in need. A questionable enough undertaking already, I’d say. But now it turns out that billions of these tax euros will be flowing to companies that are not only not in need, they’re making record profits.

We were glad to help. You can thank us later.

I Know, We’ll Stop Lighting Public Monuments!

That’ll show that old Putin.

Symbolic gestures are just like wind and solar energy. You know, symbolic gestures?

Germany approves energy-saving measures for winter – The German government has approved a set of energy-saving measures for the winter which will limit the use of lighting and heating in public buildings.

The government aims to reduce gas usage by 2% through the new rules.

German Of The Day: Unermesslich

That means immeasurable. You know, like die Preise steigen ins Unermessliche. Prices are going through the roof.

German Power Price Soars, Hitting 700 Euros for First Time Ever – Europe’s benchmark electricity price jumped more than 25% on Monday to pass 700 euros per megawatt-hour for the first time. The level is about 14 times the seasonal average over the past five years.

European gas and power prices surged as panic over Russian supplies gripped markets and politicians warned citizens to brace for a tough winter ahead.

Benchmark gas settled at a record high, while German power surged to above 700 euros ($696) a megawatt-hour for the first time. Russia said it will stop its key Nord Stream gas pipeline for three days of repairs on Aug. 31, again raising concerns it won’t return after the work. Europe has been on tenterhooks about shipments through the link for weeks, with flows resuming only at very low levels after it was shut for works last month.

“The catastrophe is already there.”

German Of The Day: Unter Druck Setzen

That means to put under pressure, or to feel the squeeze.

Germans feeling the squeeze over surging food, energy prices – Middle- and low-income families say they’re struggling to make ends meet amid high inflation, soaring energy bills.

Inflation has soared in recent months, hitting 7.5% in June, and according to the latest German central bank estimate, it is likely to rise further this fall, reaching double digits.