It would consist in not relocating, reopening the refining plant, maintaining margins in Noumea, then exporting finished products to European companies that consume nickel, notably the battery manufacturers grouped together in the European Union’s project, “the Airbus of batteries”.
Without resources, with a fragile diplomacy because also de-globalized, but without a desire for energy sovereignty, Europe and Germany will find themselves in a difficult gas position.
All this illustrates that it is not a list of strategic materials that we need in Europe, it should remain secret; who has ever seen the Chinese Strategic Reserves Bureau publishing a monthly inventory of the materials it secretly holds?
Since antiquity, countries or cities have developed strategies of power and influence in the possession of raw materials. This is the condition for a strong economy and power in international competition.