Von der Leyen calls on Germany for energy transition to renewables against «blackmail» by Russia

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen – Philipp von Ditfurth/dpa

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called on Germany to do what it can to enforce a transition to renewables to defend the climate and reduce Moscow’s profits.

«We cannot return to dependence on fossil fuels from Russia under any circumstances,» von der Leyen said in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia during a meeting with conservatives from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, to which she belongs.

The president of the European Commission has entrusted the German government with this «generational task» from one of the states with the most powerful industry in the country, with cities such as Cologne, Düsseldorf or Dortmund.

For Von der Leyen, the economic dynamo that is North Rhine-Westphalia meets all the requirements to tackle this transformation in the face of the ambitions of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who «has believed that he can blackmail with energy dependence».