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Germany pushes back at ‘selfish’ claims over energy bailout

By Guy Chazan

14 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Germany’s deputy chancellor has hit out at critics of the €200bn energy support package Berlin unveiled last month, denying it was “selfish” and insisting it will help protect the whole European economy.

“If Germany were to experience a really deep recession, it would drag the whole of Europe down with it,” Robert Habeck said in an interview. “We’re not being selfish — we’re trying to stabilise an economy at the heart of Europe.”

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