Certain considerations being expressed in Berlin's establishment, which have been published in German foreign policy magazine "Internationale Politik".
A prominent CDU foreign policy expert prophesied "a new era of energy imperialism". The "struggle for energy, raw materials and water" would dominate German global policy of the 21st Century. "19th Century nationalism, colonialism and imperialism" would return in global power struggles. "Energy crises and conflicts" and even "energy wars" would become "inevitable." This scenario suggests why some in Berlin may have found it advisable to clear up European power relations, once and for all.