abdominal pain, the German energy and Russia's policy for a number of European partners already for a long time. In the case of the German-Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 both of these concerns came together. The project is in breach of the principles of the common energy policy in the EU. Indicates that the dependence on individual supplier countries should be reduced. Germany increased its dependence on Russia.
vote on the new Gas Directive on Friday
And now it could pop. On Friday will be voted on in Brussels about the new Gas Directive. You would give the EU a lever, in the pipeline project to intervene and to stop it, maybe. The German blocking minority against the Reform of the Directive, and suddenly, out of the question because France changes a report of the "süddeutsche Zeitung", according to the page, and the opponents of Nord Stream 2 is connected.
Long, the Federal government had not taken the European discomfort seriously. First it was said that it is only the poles and the Balts are so small. A majority of people in the EU understand the larger concerns of Germany and by doing business with Russia for relaxation. As a model for the natural gas pipeline business from the 1970s.
Then it turned out that the Opposition in Europe is much larger, also West European countries and that the EU Commission ensures the cross and doubted that Germany alone could decide about such projects that ignore the interests of its partners. In a dispute, who would be responsible, subject to Brussels first.daily mirror tomorrow location for Free order
Putin, the thing also did not hurt by the Ukraine war
That stopped the opposition, however. Moscow was detrimental to his cause by a extortionate bargaining tactics to the supply of Gas to Ukraine, which is out of this supply. And yet Russia is harmful is more a result of the Ukraine war. The opponent may now argue that the construction of Nord Stream 2 to facilitate Vladimir Putin's new aggression. First, he would gain the German-Russian Gas for more revenue, with which he will upgrade his military.
Secondly, he had to take on the existing Pipelines through Ukraine and white Russia, no more consideration, as soon as the North Stream 2 stand as a new Export Route through the Baltic sea. If he proceed militarily against the Ukraine and white Russia, to force you back into dependence on Russia, no longer need he fear that in the case of damage to the Pipelines where the revenue loss.
Green-black coalition against the Pipeline
Also among German politicians in the European Parliament and in the Bundestag, the concerns, especially among the Greens and the CDU-politicians grew. Norbert Röttgen, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag, warned that Germany slipped into a minority position in the EU. It won't be able to keep his policy perhaps, if the US made good on her threat to impose sanctions against the construction companies involved, because hardly anyone in Europe will defend the German Insistence on Nord Stream 2.
Still, the Federal government hoped that you, even if you have no majority for the Pipeline in Europe, should, at least, a blocking minority trust, the new requirements for Nord Stream 2 is prevented. The Central pillar of this strategy was France, with its considerable share of votes for decisions in the EU.
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The blocking minority, which Berlin hopes will shake
In Brussels, a tightening of the Directive was prepared for the supply of gas. The companies that supply the Gas and the companies, the Pipelines may not be the same. Production and Transport must be in different hands. So far, the only applied within the EU. In the future, should also apply to Pipelines outside the EU, if EU countries are involved in the project. This Change is decided, Nord Stream 2, as it is now planned to be illegal. The Russian state close to the group, Gazprom controls the Gas production and the Pipeline.
Berlin was believed that this Amendment will fail due to a blocking minority from Belgium, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Austria and Cyprus. France switches sides, would be decided in the new Directive. "We don't want to reinforce the dependence of Russia and the interests of EU countries such as Poland and Slovakia damage," citing the "SZ" government circles in Paris.More about
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a few hours remain until the vote on Friday. Hours, in which Chancellor Angela Merkel with the President of Emmanuel Macron can make a phone call. Or it is not dangerous you might even, if Brussels Nord Stream 2 is blocked and the Trouble with the EU partners and the US sanctions will be spared?