“War in our immediate neighbourhood is, without doubt, the greatest challenge” that the European Union has had to cope with in the last few years, said Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz in his government statement in the German Bundestag on Thursday. It was therefore all the more important to defend peace, he said.
In the final stage of a three-day visit that took in stops in Senegal and Niger, the Federal Chancellor visited South Africa on Tuesday. The talks focused on deepening economic relations, especially concerning energy, investments and trade. Scholz praised South Africa as a “key country” for Germany.
The transformation of the energy supply is one of the Federal Government’s core projects. In particular, this involves increasing the capacities for offshore wind power. The states bordering the North Sea underscored their common ambitions at the North Sea Summit in Denmark, which was attended by Federal Chancellor Scholz and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Habeck.
“The Federal Government explicitly welcomes this sovereign decision by our Scandinavian friends,” said the Federal Chancellor on Tuesday in Berlin, following the announcement of the application for membership of NATO by the governments of Finland and Sweden. Scholz called this a historic step for NATO and for Europe.
At a donors’ conference for Ukraine on Thursday, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged an additional 125 million euros for humanitarian aid. The Federal Chancellor stated the funds were also to help “increase Ukraine's ability to defend itself against Russian aggression.”
The Federal Cabinet concluded its closed meeting at Schloss Meseberg. Key issues discussed included the consequences of the war in Ukraine and of climate change for Germany’s economic system. Federal Chancellor Scholz highlighted the pleasant atmosphere during the discussions, saying that the Cabinet members were “very close on a personal level”.
Pensioners will receive more money as of 1 July: payments will increase by 5.35 percent in western Germany and by 6.12 percent in the new federal states. This was announced by the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs. The development showed that the pension system was working in spite of the current crises, said the Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil.