For the implementation of important future projects, the world needs "high-tech metals" and "rare earths" (e.g. neodymium) in ever greater quantities. However, Europe, and Germany in particular, rely heavily on imports for this, especially from Russia and China.
This concentration makes them vulnerable, as the current gas crisis in Europe shows very clearly. Consequently, the strategic metals complex is also becoming a geopolitical bottleneck factor, with potentially very high explosiveness. More on this shortly in the new Cognitive Comment "Hightech-Metalle und Seltene Erden" (available in German).