Professor Peichl, you were very present in the debates during the pandemic and about a gas embargo. Now you say that you are “no longer in the mood” for deliberations on this policy. Why?
Unfortunately, things repeat themselves. Politicians think scientific advice is great if the content suits them. But if the expertise doesn’t match the preconceived opinions or what is politically desired, you don’t want to hear it.
Which examples do you mean?
That was the case with the pension report by the Scientific Advisory Board, and it was repeated during Corona and now with the question of a gas embargo. The Federal Chancellor described it as irresponsible to calculate the consequences of an embargo at all. This type of criticism from politicians has definitely increased in recent years.