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Jürgen Trittin to Nord Stream 2 : Trump wants totrüsten Russia economically

Mr Trittin, why are the Greens against the Pipeline project, Nord Stream 2?

This Pipeline is unnecessary if we adopt the European climate protection goals seriously – what we do Green. That's what distinguishes us, however, from the EU Commission, the plans that we import more fossil Gas. Therefore, I would make me, personally, this question never with the EU Commission have in common - just as with the Gasverkäufern Trump and Putin.

Paris had positioned itself surprisingly in the case of Nord Stream 2 against the Federal government. Why?

you can philosophize long. In the U.S. Senate, the Russian export was adopted over a year ago, a Sanction Resolution in a cross-party, which brought the Position of the USA towards Russia to the point: the possibilities, in regard to fossil fuels, are to be braked, and its own exports, be carried in this case by Frackinggas,. In the framework of this strategy, the US Ambassador writes in Germany extortionate letters to companies, published in newspaper comments, and there are companies in Europe are threatened by US, even by the threat of sanctions.

France has its own unfortunate experiences. When you look at the story of how, with the help of the state printing, the Acquisition of Alstom by General Electric has been held, will not take threats against the French company Total, which is quite a business in Russia, on the slight shoulder. But if that was so, Mr Macron is probably the last information. Apparently, you have decided to become different and now the shoulder-to-shoulder with Germany is more important.

Is the pressure of the government emanates from the Trump in the first place geostrategically motivated or economically?

first of all, once he for Europe in this Form is unacceptable. And he is very strong economically. Geostrategically, the US are now able, without greater energy imports. But you want to export, and build up massive capacities. Only you need to liquefy the Gas they frack a well with high energy, then again with high energy, so that the finished product is usually very expensive and worse, in the climate balance.

Pipeline Gas is much cheaper. Therefore, I understand the interest of the United States, a competitor that is cheaper, from an, in principle, open market. That's about it. Politically, the idea that Russia is economically totrüsten is Trump behind it.

Can do without Germany on Russian Gas?

First of all, the Germans will have to pay, if the Pipeline is coming, probably for your Gas. Otherwise, Germany can renounce to Russian Gas. We, as greens, have been given years ago commissioned a study that shows that an energy-efficient building renovation, which is in thermal insulation on the state of the art, could be saved by 2030, as much Gas as we import today from Russia. But that is exactly what the Federal government and also the EU-Commission does not, and therefore is now faced with the decision of Putin, or Trump.

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