When it comes to Iran, Germany routinely put its business interests over security and human rights. Benjamin Weinthal writes:
Since the world powers—Germany, France, the U.S., the UK, China, and Russia—reached a tentative agreement with Tehran in 2013, there has been no shortage of German politicians and businesspeople bending over backward to court Iran’s regime.
Last month, the Islamic Republic’s oil minister Bijan Zangeneh met with Germany’s economics minister, Sigmar Gabriel, to discuss investments in Iran. As vice chancellor, Gabriel is the number-two political leader after Chancellor Angela Merkel. Business representatives from Volkswagen and the engineering giants the Linde Group and Siemens also held talks with Zangeneh.