Unprecedented protest within the German governing coalition on COSCO's stake in the country's largest port
Green light for Cosco investment divides German lawmakers
Στο 24,9% θα ανέλθει τελικά το ποσοστό που θα αποκτήσει η κινεζική ναυτιλιακή εταιρεία Cosco στο λιμάνι του Αμβούργου ύστερα από την έγκριση του συμβιβασμού που πρότεινε ο Καγκελάριος Ολαφ Σολτς από την Ομοσπονδιακή κυβέρνηση.
The German cabinet allowed China's Cosco to buy a stake in a terminal in the country's largest port on Wednesday in a decision pushed through by Chancellor Olaf Scholz that triggered unprecedented protest within the governing coalition.
With the support of Scholz's Social Democrat-led ministries, the cabinet approved a 24.9% stake investment by Cosco in one of logistics firm HHLA's three terminals in the Hamburg port.
The approved investment is less than the initially planned 35% stake that the Chinese shipping giant and HHLA had aimed for and does not give Cosco any say in management or strategic decisions.
But the painful experience of being too dependent on Russian gas has changed many politicians' attitude towards strategic foreign investment. The foreign ministry was so upset over the approval that it drew up a note on the cabinet meeting documenting its rejection, Reuters was told by two government sources.
In the event of a crisis, the acquisition would open up the possibility for China to politically instrumentalise part of Germany's as well as Europe's critical infrastructure, it says. The economy ministry and the four ministries led by the liberal Free Democrats joined in drawing up the note, according to the sources.