Never before has so much been done to make new wind turbines possible. But despite the war and the climate crisis, resistance to the plants is high. It takes up to eight years for a plant to finally be up and running. That should change.

That a wind farm could one day trigger diplomatic complications was an absurd idea when Johannes Lackmann entered the industry more than 25 years ago. Today Lackmann is one of the bosses of the company Westfalenwind, a wind power operator from Paderborn. And with a 65-million-euro project in the neighboring district of Lippe, he touches on fundamental questions of alliance defense. He wants to build a new wind farm: 13 turbines on the Gauseköte, a hill in the Teutoburg Forest. The wind turbines are said to reach 246 meters into the sky, almost five times as high as the nearby Hermannsdenkmal near Detmold, which commemorates the famous Varus battle against the Romans.