"This is not a bluff" - this is how Putin ended his speech in which he called for the partial mobilization of the Russian population. The guests at "Maischberger" were concerned about this news at first, but came to further conclusions at second glance.
Moderator Micky Beisenherz spoke of "the witch of the East, who puffs herself up again for fear that she won't be taken seriously" and hoped for more "resistance in Russia". Dagmar Rosenfeld, editor-in-chief of WELT AM SONNTAG, agreed with Beisenherz. She felt the same way: "On second thought, this partial mobilization is also an admission by Putin that he is about to lose this war."
According to Rosenfeld, Putin's rhetoric and his actual actions show a major "discrepancy" that has rarely been so obvious. Henrike Roßbach, deputy head of the parliamentary office of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", considered a "certain concern" in response to Putin's speech to be an appropriate reaction: "A Putin whose back is already against the wall is a particularly dangerous Putin."
"Vladimir Putin has never been hit so badly," said ZDF crisis reporter Katrin Eigendorf, "resistance from the street can be beaten down," but resistance from local politicians and Russian stars "cannot simply be erased." That must be very threatening for Putin be. The current criticism comes for the first time from Putin's previous sham opposition, which he created himself. With the partial mobilization, he is now taking a great risk that he has previously "tried to avoid".
The CDU politician and former Bundeswehr officer Roderich Kiesewetter is not afraid of Putin's current threatening gestures, he revealed to Maischberger. He advised the German population to be prudent, because Putin's partial mobilization should be interpreted "as a sign of defeat". "It is Putin's attempt to turn the tide again" after the Russian troops had "failed terribly" with many thousands of dead.
According to Kiesewetter's personal assessment, Putin is preparing for a spring offensive with the partial mobilization. Therefore, the political demand should be to continue supporting Ukraine “as much as possible and as early as possible.”
"Ukraine must be able to repel Russia's attack," said Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz in his speech to the UN General Assembly this week. Beisenherz noted that Scholz again clearly mentioned in the speech that Russia is a "nuclear power". According to Beisenherz, the decisive factor is: "How united is the West?" Who believes Putin's words and who believes that he is bluffing?
"I think it's a bluff," Kiesewetter was certain, since it would isolate Putin completely in foreign policy. He couldn't afford that. Eigendorf was more skeptical and commented: "We should take this seriously. That can also escalate without it being intended.” However, it does not simply work in such a way that Putin can press a button, behind it there is a chain of action steps.
In order to support gas importers and not just distribute the costs to specific gas customers, but to involve "all gas customers via a levy", the Federal Ministry of Economics proposed a "gas levy". This is how Roßbach explained the new idea of the traffic light coalition. As a large gas importer, Uniper is “too big to fail,” Rosenfeld explained: “If it collapsed, everything would collapse.”
The fact that Uniper is now being saved with taxpayers' money, but that the energy levy is still in the air, "that can no longer be communicated," said the WELT journalist. In addition, there are constitutional issues that have not yet been clarified.
Beisenherz could imagine that Habeck would stick to the gas levy because he saw it as "his prestige object". Roßbach, on the other hand, couldn't imagine that: "He hasn't really enjoyed the gas levy so far."
As another guest of the evening, Minister of Health Lauterbach explained his current corona policy. He feels comfortable with the strictest corona course in Europe and strict standards: "I just don't want us to be unprepared again in the third fall."
"I would go to the Oktoberfest," said Rosenfeld. But she could not understand why she had to wear a mask on the train the day after. For Lauterbach, this discrepancy was not a contradiction in terms: “At the Oktoberfest, you go there voluntarily and take the risk. Many train passengers have to take the train to work, if you want to travel there safely, it would be nice for me if everyone wore a mask.”