Gas pact with Austria + Raw material dependence on China + World Hunger Aid raises alarm
"We are in a community of common destiny in Europe": That is what Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck said yesterday in Vienna, where Austria and Germany signed a joint declaration on securing energy supplies. Hans-Peter Siebenhaar and Manuel Berkel analyzed what the declaration means – and where there is still room for improvement in Europe's energy security.
Germany is also dependent when it comes to raw materials – appeals to the industry not to import the majority of their raw materials solely from China had little effect so far. But it is not only the direct dependence on raw material imports that is critical. Every price fluctuation within China affects the German market, as Nico Beckert reports.
The German NGO Welthungerhilfe has raised the alarm: 828 million people are chronically malnourished. The war in Ukraine acts like an accelerant, said Welthungerhilfe President Marlehn Thieme yesterday. Read more in the News section.