Appeal: European import ban on Russian oil and gas!
More than 80 scholars, politicians, businesspeople and civil society representatives have signed an appeal to the German government to stop oil and gas imports from Russia. Remarkably, the coalition of signatories was collected within 24 hours and for the first time includes prominent entrepreneurs. What unites them in the face of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is the wish to live up to Germany’s historic responsibility of “never again” allow a war to happen. Absorbing the consequences of a short-term energy boycott requires a massive effort. But the cost of half-hearted action could be much higher.
A CALL TO ACTION
Let’s stop financing the war — Immediate import ban on Russian oil and gas!
Berlin, 25 March 2022 — We call on the German government to lobby the European Union for an immediate boycott of fossil fuels from Russia. The embargo should be limited in time until the Russian army withdraws from Ukraine. It is the most effective economic leverage to stop Putin’s war of aggression and to halt a humanitarian catastrophe the likes of which our continent has not seen since 1945.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the EU has imported almost €20 billion worth of Russian oil, gas and coal. Even though the Russian armed forces are paid in roubles, these foreign currencies keep the war machine running.
There is no doubt that a complete import freeze is an enormous feat. It requires a variety of measures to develop new energy sources and save energy, to prioritise scarce natural gas resources, to achieve social balance and to safeguard energy-intensive industries. The sooner such an embargo is imposed, the sooner it can be relaxed. The COVID pandemic has shown that we can overcome such challenges when we act together.
We are convinced that Europe must do more in the face of the massive attack on the European order. The European community must do everything in its power to stop the devastating war against Ukraine, the destruction of entire cities and endless suffering of the civilian population.
If we see the sacrifices made by the people of Ukraine in these weeks, if we take seriously the justified concerns in Moldova, Georgia and the Baltic states, then the free West must resolutely use the means at its disposal. Putin’s revanchism must be stopped before he sets all of Europe on fire.
Looking back on its history, Germany has repeatedly vowed that there must NEVER AGAIN be wars of conquest and crimes against humanity. Today the hour has come to honour this vow. We must try everything to stop Putin’s war machine with our political and economic means.
This is about our responsibility before history and Europe’s future. We must act. Now.
The signatories are expressing themselves here as citizens, not as representatives of institutions, companies or bodies.
Dr. Thomas Enders, President DGAP, Munich
Ralf Fücks, former Senator, Center for Liberal Modernity, Bremen
Charlotte Knobloch, former Vice President of the World Jewish Congress
Dr. Norbert Röttgen, Member of the German Bundestag, former Federal Minister, Berlin
Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
Dr. Christian Jacobs, Chairman of the Board of Jacobs, Bremen, Germany
Igor Levit, pianist, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Hedwig Richter, University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former political prisoner, London
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ischinger, former State Secretary, former head of MSC, Munich
Prof. Dr. Carlo Masala, University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich
Prof. Dr. Karl Kaiser, Cambridge
Dr. Daniela Schwarzer, Executive Director Open Society Foundations, Berlin
Sebastian Turner, entrepreneur and publicist, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Jan Schnellenbach, Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Bachmann, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Marieluise Beck, former Parliamentary Secretary of State, Center for Liberal Modernity, Bremen
Prof. Dr. Timothy Garton Ash, University of Oxford
Peter Jungen, Managing Partner, Cologne
Roderich Kiesewetter, Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Karolina Wigura, Kultura Liberalna Foundation, Warsaw
Kai Whittacker, Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Markus Meckel, last Foreign Minister of the GDR, Berlin
Michael Gahler, MEP, Strasbourg
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Moll, London School of Economics, London
Hildegard Bentele, MEP, Strasbourg
Rebecca Harms, former Member of the European Parliament, Hannover
Dr. Fritz Felgentreu, former Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Werner Schulz, former Member of the European Parliament, Berlin
Elmar Brok, former Member of the European Parliament, Bielefeld
Prof. Dr. Tanja Börzel, Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS, Free University, Berlin
Robert Ketterer, Ketterer Kunst KG, Munich
Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn, SCRIPTS spokesperson, Science Center, Berlin
Katja Leikert, Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff, Director HSFK, Frankfurt
Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse, Director BIRT, Free University, Berlin
Dr. Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, Publicist, Berlin
Gerald Knaus, European Stability Initiative, Vienna-Berlin
Bernd Ziesemer, Journalist and Columnist, Capital, Hamburg
Dr. Thorlef Spickschen, entrepreneur, Seeheim-Jugenheim
Dennis Radtke, MEP, Strasbourg
Dr. Ruprecht Polenz, former Member of the German Bundestag, Münster
Dr. Peter Hoch, banker, Munich
Dr. Fred Kempe, President and CEO Altantic Council, Washington DC
Prof. Dr. Jan Andrzej Zielonka, Oxford and Ca Foscari University of Vernice
Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald, Institute for Technology Assessment, Karlsruhe, Germany
Marianne Birthler, former chairwoman of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Berlin
Alexander Bonde, Foundation Manager and former Minister, Freiburg i.Br.
Prof. Dr. Moritz Schularick, University of Bonn and Sciences Po, Paris
Dr. Helga Trüpel, former Member of the European Parliament, Bremen
Jacques Rupnik, Research Director, Sciencies Po, Paris
Volker Beck, former Member of the German Bundestag, Tikvah Institute, Berlin
Jakub Klepal, Forum 2000, Prague
Olga Dolburt, Philanthropist, Nadav Foundation, Tel Aviv
Dr. Ulrich Wilhelm, former director, Berlin
Dr. Anna Kuchenbecker, ECFR, Berlin
Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe, Editor-in-Chief Strategic Europe, London
Knut Abraham, Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Andrew Levi, Tech Investor, former diplomat, Edinburgh/Berlin
Dr. Peter Liese, MEP, Strasbourg
Lukas Beckmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board Correctiv GmbH, Berlin
Markus Koob, Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Wolfgang Grassl, architect, Gransee
Prof. Monika Grütters, Member of the Bundestag, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Sabine Döring, philosopher, University of Tübingen
Peter Beyer, Member of the Bundestag, Berlin
Wolf Lotter, journalist, author, keynoter, Köngen
Prof. Dr. Heribert Hirte, former Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Annette Widmann-Mauz, Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Andrea Gawrich, political scientist, University of Gießen
Elisabeth Motschmann, former State Councillor, Bremen
Jens Motschmann, pastor, Bremen
Dr. Mikko Huotari, Director Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Berlin
Prof. Dr. Christian Bayer, legal scholar, University of Bonn
Michaela Derra, journalist, Bamberg
Johannes Steiniger, Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Martin Aust, Eastern European History University of Bonn
Michael Brand, Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Armin Nassehi, Chair of Sociology, LMU Munich
Martin Patzelt, former Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Frank Helmenstein, Mayor, Gummersbach
Carsten Müller, Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Monica Wüllner, trade union secretary, Stuttgart
Karl-Matthias Klause, Diplomat, Director EBRD, London
Korbinian Kohler, Entrepreneur, Tegernsee
Prof. Dr. Gunther Hellmann, Political Scientist, University of Frankfurt
Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse, Humboldt University, Berlin
Silke Hermann, entrepreneur, Wiesbaden
Prof. Dr. Antje Wiener, Political Scientist, University of Hamburg
Dr. Rainer Ohler, Senior Strategists, Munich
Gustav Meibauer, Assistant Professor International Relations, University of Nijmegen
Dr. Sönke Ahrens, Faculty of Education, University of Duisburg-Essen
Dr. Stefan Eisel, former Member of the German Bundestag, Bonn
Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen. Medical ethicist, University of Bonn
Dr. Patrick Heinemann, lawyer and legal historian, Freiburg i.B.
Michael Jahn, freelancer, Grossbettlingen
Prof. Dr. Jonas Dovern, empirical macroeconomist, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Prof. em. Antonia Grunenberg, Bremen
Dr. Armin Sieber, Sieber Senior Advisors, Munich
Dr. Ernst-Jörg von Studnitz, former Ambassador (including Moscow), Königswinter
Kerstin Müller, former Minister of State, Berlin
Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker, Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin
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