Federal Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir (Greens) sharply blames the former federal government for the energy crisis. “We inherited a catastrophic situation, a disaster,” Özdemir said on Sunday in Munich about the energy policy of the former black-red coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).
“I didn’t think it was a good idea either that we get 60 percent of the gas from a criminal named Vladimir Putin,” Özdemir said at a panel discussion at the Interforst trade fair.
The Greens politician called for a discussion about mistakes made by the previous government: “Please let us work through what has been done in Germany in recent years.” He did not explicitly mention Merkel or the SPD.
The minister also indirectly criticized the CSU: “I didn’t deliberately sabotage renewable energies either, I didn’t decide on wind clearance areas either.” This referred to the fact that the Bavarian state government under former Prime Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) allowed the construction of wind turbines in Bavaria had largely come to a standstill due to stricter building regulations.