It’s Blackout News Friday. Polish leader calls Germany’s energy policy “a curse” and “a fiasco” as the country’s economy continues to crumble in the wake of its energy policy debacle.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gets criticized by Polish leader Mateusz Jakub Morawiecki. Image: Krystian Maj, CC BY 3.0 PL, via Wikimedia Commons
Blackout News.de here reports on what the Polish leader thinks of Germany’s energy policy: Mateusz Jakub Morawiecki sharply criticized Germany’s energy policy, saying it has become “a curse” for all of Europe
Blackout News reports: “‘This theoretically cheap Russian gas for the German economy should be a blessing for them, but it has become a curse for all of Europe,’ Morawiecki told the EU summit in Brussels. ‘You see the fiasco of German policy, German-Russian policy,’ Morawiecki continued. ‘It is clear that it cannot be that the European Union’s energy policy is implemented under the dictates of Germany.'”
According to Morawiecki, Germany has had a habit of lecturing other states and “behaved very arrogantly toward them during the Corona and financial crises.”
A number of other states have joined Poland in criticizing Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s massive 200-billion euro energy relief package designed to alleviate the pain from the acutely high energy prices in Germany.
Energy crunch crushing German economy
Blackout News also reports that not only bakeries have been getting hammered by the excruciatingly high energy prices but also so has the restaurant industry, as “two-thirds of foodservice businesses are on the verge of going out of business.”
Having barely recovered from Corona restrictions and lockdowns, catering services and restaurants are now getting pounded by “the current energy crisis with rising electricity and gas prices and the resulting increase in food prices”.
“Two-thirds of catering businesses are on the verge of going out of business, writes Blackout News, citing media sources.
Inflation is also taking a serious toll on the purchasing power of patrons who eat out at the restaurants. “With an inflation rate that, at 10.0 percent, is currently higher than it has been for more than 70 years, their guests are also being deprived of an enormous amount of purchasing power. Many can no longer afford to visit a restaurant due to high energy prices.”
Another burden on restaurants, according to Blackout News: “Since October, restaurateurs have also had to pay around 60 percent of their employees the new minimum wage of twelve euros per hour. With declining sales, many are therefore no longer able to cover their costs.”