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    EU’s top court curtails Gazprom access to Nord Stream pipeline link

    WARSAW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s top court on Tuesday overruled an EU decision allowing Russia’s Gazprom to ship more gas via the Opal gas pipeline, which links its Nord Stream pipeline to Germany. The ruling is politically charged as Poland and other eastern European nations fight Gazprom’s plans to double the capacity of Nord Stream and bypass legacy gas routes via Poland and Ukraine. Germany, the main beneficiary of the expanded pipeline known as Nord Stream 2, redoubled its defense of the project on Tuesday, while Poland said it threatened gas supplies to central and eastern Europe. Continue reading the article published on the Reuters news website.

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    Nord-Stream-Pipeline – Für die deutsche Regierung ist es eine grosse Ohrfeige

    Die Pipelines Nord Stream 1 und 2 transportieren Erdgas von Russland nach Deutschland. Polen und die baltischen Staaten fürchten um ihre Energiesicherheit, die EU mache sich zu stark abhängig von Russland. Gazprom durfte bis 2016 zur Sicherung des Wettbewerbs zunächst nur die Hälte der Leitungskapazitäten der Erdgasleitung Opal nutzen, eine Verlängerung von Nord Stream nach Tschechien und Deutschland. Als die EU-Kommission dem russischen Energiekonzern Gazprom die Erlaubnis erteilte, diese Erdgasleitung doch stärker zu nutzen – und zwar zu 80 Prozent statt zu 50 Prozent – da ging Polen vor Gericht. Nun die Überraschung: EU-Richter haben eine Klage von Polen gutgeheissen. Laut Frank Umbach könnte der jetzige Entscheid Signalwirkung haben. Continue…

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    Nord Stream 2: Energy Security For Europe Or Prelude To Russian Aggression In The Baltic?

    Nord Stream 2 (NS2) has been subject to a vigorous debate and much disagreement on whether it provides an opportunity for diversification of gas supply to the European union or facilitates Russian dominance. But some go even further, suggesting that NS2 could become excuse for Russian expanded military presence or even military aggression in the Baltic Sea. The Project in a Nutshell  The Nord Stream 2 (NS2) project consists of two pipelines running across the bottom of the Baltic Sea carrying Russian natural gas to Germany. Once completed the two pipelines would offer 55 billion cubic meters (bcm) in annual capacity.  As such, NS2 is an attempt at duplicating the success of Nord…

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    To Deal with Bad Ideas, Develop Better Solutions

    The Russo-German Nord Stream gas pipeline projects—Nord Stream I, completed in 2011, and Nord Stream II scheduled to be completed around the end of 2019—are bad projects because they increase European dependence on Russian gas in general, and especially because they give the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin the option of delivering gas to Germany while bypassing other European countries. Putin’s Russia has a track record of using gas exports as political pressure, for example, against Ukraine in the years leading up to Putin’s attack on that country in 2014 and has threatened to do the same to Central European countries, including those in the European Union. Given this, and their long…

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    Nord Stream 2: high stakes for underwater pipeline lawsuit

    That the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, which is backed by both the Russian and German governments, is now suing the European Union over what it describes as “discriminatory” rules speaks to the serious issues underlying the project and the risks it poses to European energy independence and security. To its proponents in both Moscow and Berlin, the Nord Stream 2 project is a straightforward way to meet the pressing energy needs of Europe’s largest economy. To Nord Stream 2’s many opponents across the rest of Europe, however, the political and economic leverage Vladimir Putin will gain over the European Union far exceeds the proceeds he can expect from shipping gas via the…

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    The Nord Stream 2 Pipeline And The Dangers Of Moving Too Rashly Toward Renewable Energy

    Few Americans likely noticed last week that Denmark refused to grant a permit for finishing construction of the Russian natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, but its international significance is enormous.  Denmark’s refusal is the latest chapter in a story of how good intentions in fighting climate change go bad.  It is a cautionary tale of how a country – in this case, Germany – while seeking to make itself and its energy use cleaner, more efficient and more self-sufficient, can produce the opposite of all three.  As climate change becomes more of an issue in America heading into the 2020 election season, Nord Stream 2 provides a case study of the…

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    Die Amerikaner wollen Nord Stream 2 stoppen – warum sie damit Erfolg haben könnten

    Das deutsch-russische Pipelineprojekt Nord Stream 2 ist Donald Trump ein Dorn im Auge. Die USA künden daher neue Sanktionen an. Können die Amerikaner die Fertigstellung der Röhre in letzter Sekunde bremsen? Die wichtigsten Antworten im Überblick. Für Donald Trump ist klar: Europäisches Geld darf keine russischen Pipelines finanzieren. Der amerikanische Präsident ist daher einer der erbittertsten Gegner des deutsch-russischen Pipelineprojekts Nord Stream 2. Und Trump ist nicht der einzige Amerikaner, der die Röhre verhindern will. Continue reading the article on the Neue Zürcher Zeitung news website.

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    Umweltgutachten ist deutliches Zeichen an Nord Stream 2

    Die dänische Energieagentur verlangt aktuell ein Gutachten der Projektgesellschaft Nord Stream über die Umweltauswirkungen für die Pipelineroute von Nord Stream 2 südlich Bornholms. Dazu erklärt Reinhard Bütikofer, industriepolitischer Sprecher der Grünen/EFA-Fraktion im Europaparlament: „Dass Dänemark sich bei Nord Stream 2 weder von Russland noch von Deutschland hat einschüchtern lassen, begrüße ich sehr. Gazprom hat noch vor wenigen Tagen so getan, als sei eine dänische Genehmigung selbstverständlich zu erwarten. Umso klarer ist der Rückschlag durch die Entscheidung aus Kopenhagen. Im Übrigen muss man den russischen Gasexport-Monopolisten davor warnen, die Entscheidung der Europäischen Union mit neuen Tricks umgehen zu wollen. Brüssel wird sich ebenso wenig auf der Nase herumtanzen lassen wie Dänemark.“ Dr.…

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    Controversial Russian gas pipes can slip into the ‘Polish banana’, which Denmark has just thrown

    The Danish authorities are asking Nord Stream 2 to investigate the possibility of a completely new route in the Baltic Sea. It can delay the project for a year. The disputed gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 in the Baltic Sea will be further delayed due to Denmark. The Danish Energy Agency in Denmark has asked the company to investigate a completely new route past Bornholm to the gas pipeline, which will transport natural gas from Russia to Germany. It can delay the project for up to one year. Especially in Russia, this will cause annoyance because the government is impatiently waiting for the state-owned Gazprom to use the new pipeline. Germany…

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    U.S. House passes bill to lure Europeans away from Nord Stream 2

    WASHINGTON, March 26 (WNM staff/TASS) –  The House of Representatives of the US Congress voted on Monday for the bill on assisting Central and Eastern European countries to diversify energy supplies sources for countering Russia’s influence, with 391 and 24 congressmen voting for and against the bill, respectively. A live broadcast of the voting was provided by the C-SPAN TV channel. The bill must be passed by the Senate and then be signed by the President to become law. The authors of the draft law suggest that it is necessary for the US to assist “Central and Eastern European countries to reduce their dependence on energy resources from countries that…

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    Nord Stream 2 investors await new U.S.-sanctions

    WASHINGTON – March 23 (WNM staff/news wires) In Washington, consultations are under way whether and if to which extend sanctions should be imposed on the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. According to sources in Washington, no decision is yet made. But World News Monitor has learned from people involved with the decision that some kind of sanctions is more likely to come than no sanctions at all. Investors are hence waiting for a decision before they decide whether to put money in Nord Stream 2. Russian media reported, that Italian bank Intesa is considering an investment into Nord Stream 2. But a spokesman for Intesa-CEO Antonio Fallico told World…

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    America’s energy capital became a battleground over a Russian pipeline to Germany this week

    This week Houston became the latest battleground in the international dispute over a pipeline project located more than 5,000 miles away from the Lone Star State. The dispute over the project in question — the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany — is not new. But the debates in Houston show how intractable the issue has become, with the two sides sitting elbow to elbow and unable to even agree on why the project is being built. From Germany’s perspective, Nord Stream 2 is a purely commercial endeavor that will double the volume of Russian gas flowing to its north shore on the Black Sea. To the United States and some European…

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    European Parliament calls to Stop Nord Stream 2

    The members of the European Parliament also came to a conclusion that Russia can no longer be considered “a strategic partner” PARIS, March 12. /TASS/. The European Parliament considers necessary to curtail the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, according to the report on the state of EU-Russia political relations approved on Tuesday. “Russia and the EU will remain key economic partners in the foreseeable future, but Nord Stream 2 reinforces EU dependency on Russian gas supplies, threatens the EU internal market and is not in line with EU energy policy, and therefore needs to be stopped,” the report says. “The EU’s dependency on Russian gas supplies has increased since…

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    Sandra Kalniete: “Russia can no longer be considered a strategic partner of the EU”

    “Awareness of the threat of Russia is ever growing,” says MEP Sandra Kalniete ahead of a vote on the state of EU-Russia relations on 12 March. Find out more in our interview. Five years after Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, what is Parliament’s message on Ukraine? As our close neighbour, stability, prosperity and democracy for Ukraine are very important for Europe. In our report, we stress that Russia can no longer be considered a strategic partner of the EU. We call for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreement, and on Crimea, we do not accept Russia’s annexation. We also draw attention to the human rights situation of Crimean Tatars, the…

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    Russian ex-minister: Nord Stream 2 is 100% political

    According to the expert, the Hanhikivi power plant project also has silent features. Russia’s former deputy energy minister, Vladimir Milov, is a stranger to his approach to the Baltic Sea under the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a purely commercial project. – Of course, Nord Stream can only be viewed from a commercial point of view if, for some reason, it does not want to recognize its obvious political dimension, Milov says to Web News . In addition to the post of Deputy Minister, Milov has also served as Director of the Strategic Department of the Russian Energy Commission and has established an Institute for Energy Policy, under the leadership of which he currently operates. He…

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    Denmark can buy time with a new proposal for Nord Stream 2 routing

    New boundary drawing can give Denmark a year more before the election for Nord Stream 2 must be made. One year can change everything. After years of tug-of-war, Denmark is still in a grim clamp when it comes to the great expansion of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream through the Baltic Sea, Nord Stream 2. Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen (V) is squeezed between the giants Germany and Russia on the one hand and the United States and a number of Eastern European countries on the other. Therefore, it is not insignificant that, according to Politiken, Denmark, after a settled border dispute with Poland, now has a technical possibility to…

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    European Involvement with Nord Stream 2 Is a Deal with the Devil

    Since having seized Ukrainian territory and energy installations in 2014, Russia and its gas company, Gazprom, have been waging systematic economic warfare against Ukraine in an attempt to destroy Naftogaz—Ukraine’s energy company and the single biggest source of state revenue—and the Ukrainian state. To date, however, Russia has failed. Indeed, Naftogaz won three arbitral awards against Gazprom in 2017 and 2018; these were about Gazprom’s efforts to divert gas using the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, blocking Central Asian gas from traveling through Ukraine. But Gazprom has refused to pay the $2.6 billion arbitration award granted to Naftogaz. Instead, Russia is blocking that award, building Nord Stream 2, and trying to…

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    Streit um Nord Stream 2 Russland untergräbt Versprechen an Kanzlerin Merkel

    Der russische Präsident Putin hatte Kanzlerin Merkel zugesagt, dass weiter Gas durch die Ukraine transportiert wird, wenn die Ostsee-Pipeline Nord Stream 2 in Betrieb geht. Der Energieminister sät daran Zweifel. Russlands Energieminister Alexander Nowak bezweifelt, dass sich der Transport von russischem Gas durch ukrainische Pipelines künftig noch lohnt. “Der Transit durch die Ukraine ist bisher am teuersten, nämlich bis zu zweieinhalb Mal teurer als über andere Strecken”, sagte Nowak der russischen Online-Zeitung Gazeta.ru.

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    Gier, Gas und Geld!

    Nord Stream und seine Macher Ein neues Buch beschreibt, wie in Dänemark, Schweden und Finnland massiv Lobbyarbeit für die umstrittene Pipeline durch die Ostsee gemacht wurde.  Die Spione, die mit der Wärme kamen“ – unter diesem Titel erschien 2017 in Dänemark ein Buch  des Journalisten Jens Høvsgaard über die Entstehungsgeschichte der ersten Ostsee-Pipeline Nord Stream. Damit habe der Autor „eine Handgranate in die dänische Energie- und Sicherheitspolitik geworfen“, urteilte die dänische Zeitung Politiken.