Appeal: Euro­pean import ban on Russian oil and gas!

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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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