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    Designierte EU-Kommissionsvize Vestager lehnt Nord-Stream-2-Pipeline ab

    Hamburg (AFP) Die designierte Vizepräsidentin der angehenden EU-Kommission, Margrethe Vestager, sieht keine Notwendigkeit für das deutsch-russische Pipeline-Projekt Nord Stream 2. Der Bau einer zweiten Gasleitung durch die Ostsee “ergibt keinen Sinn”, sagte die Dänin der Wochenzeitung “Die Zeit” laut Vorabmeldung vom Mittwoch. Nord Stream 2 sei “kein europäisches Projekt”. The article was published on the German Zeit Online news website.

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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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    Brussels unlikely to appeal EU court decision hampering Nord Stream pipelines

    The European Commission is unlikely to appeal a decision of the EU General Court on Tuesday (10 September) to restrict the transit of Russian gas via the Opal pipeline, running on German territory. This decision appears to hampers the Gazprom-backed Nord Stream 2 offshore pipeline project, which is nearing completion, as well as the first leg of the project which is operational since 2011. Continue reading the article published on the Euroactiv 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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    Das gehört nicht zu den Glanzpunkten deutscher Politik

    Die deutsch-russische Erdgasleitung Nord Stream 2 führte zu diplomatischen Verstimmungen zwischen Deutschland und mehreren Partnerstaaten. Bundestagspräsident Schäuble spricht nun von zerstörtem Vertrauen. Die deutsch-russische Erdgastrasse Nord Stream 2 ist äußerst umstritten und hat unter anderem bei Deutschlands östlichen Nachbarstaaten Empörung ausgelöst. Nun hat sich Bundestagspräsident Wolfgang Schäuble dazu geäußert – und Verständnis gezeigt für die Position der Kritiker. Continue reading the article published on der Spiegel news website.

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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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    Senator Cruz Says U.S. Has Ability To Halt Nord Stream 2

    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has said that the United States still has the ability to halt construction of a planned pipeline to send Russian natural gas to Germany, even as the project nears completion. Russia has said it expects to complete the 1,220-kilometer-long Nord Stream 2 project running under the Baltic Sea by the end of the year. Continue reading the article on the Radio Free Europe news website.

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    Breiter Konsens gegen Nord Stream 2

    Der demokratische US-Senator Chris Murphy erklärt, warum sein Land Sanktionen gegen Nord Stream 2 plant – und warum ihn die Debatte in Berlin überrascht. In den USA gibt es nicht mehr viele politische Themen, bei denen sich Republikaner und Demokraten einig sind. Doch kurz vor der Sommerpause billigte der Auswärtige Ausschuss des US-Senats bei nur zwei Gegenstimmen einen Gesetzentwurf, der „Europas Energiesicherheit schützen“ soll. Dieser sieht Sanktionen gegen Firmen vor, die am Bau der Pipeline Nord Stream 2 beteiligt sind. In der Ablehnung des Projekts gebe es in den USA einen „breiten überparteilichen Konsens“, sagte der demokratische Senator von Connecticut, Chris Murphy, am Dienstag in Berlin. „Viele Republikaner und Demokranten wünschen sich,…

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    U.S. Efforts To Derail Russian Pipelines To Europe Have Failed Since The 1960s. Will Nord Stream 2 Be Any Different?

    U.S. President Donald Trump will fly to Europe later this month to pursue a goal his predecessors going back to John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan failed to achieve — derailing a Kremlin-backed energy-export pipeline. The Trump administration and the U.S. Congress are fighting to block the 9.5 billion-euro ($10.6 billion) Nord Stream 2 project amid fears it will make NATO allies and other European countries more reliant on Russian energy and damage Ukraine by depriving it of transit fees. Continue reading the article on the Radio Free Europe news website.

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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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    US-Sanktionsdrohungen gefährden Nord Stream 2

    Berlin, Washington Donald Trump hat gerade eine Europareise angekündigt. Vom 31. August bis zum 3. September wird der US-Präsident Dänemark und Polen besuchen – und um Deutschland einen Bogen machen. Die besondere Botschaft, die hinter diesem Reiseprogramm steckt, ist nicht schwer zu entschlüsseln: Die US-Regierung will ein Zeichen gegen die Ostseepipeline Nord Stream 2 setzen – Dänemark und Polen gehören in Europa zu den entschiedensten Gegnern der Projekts. Continue reading the article published on the Handelsblatt new website.

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    Senate panel backs Nord Stream 2 pipeline sanctions bill

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee passed a bill on Wednesday to slap sanctions on companies and individuals involved in building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that the Trump administration says would strengthen Moscow’s economic grip on Europe. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the “Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act,” by a vote of 20 to 2. The bill, which reflects some lawmakers’ concerns over Russian influence in Europe, would still need to pass the full Senate and House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump into law. Continue reading the article published on the Reuters news website.

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    Enact US sanctions against Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Contrary to some claims, a bipartisan bill proposing targeted sanctions for those involved in the construction of a Russian gas pipeline will not hit major EU energy companies. Additionally, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is not an easily deployable alternative to sanctions. All arguments deployed against Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-N.H.) sanctions bill overlook the scale of European support for action against Nord Stream 2. It is true that the German government, and certainly the Social Democratic Party, is opposed to sanctions. But they do not speak for all 28 member states of the European Union. The European Parliament already voted in December 433 to 105 in favor of canceling Nord…

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    Gazprom expects Denmark to approve Nord Stream 2 route in October

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian gas producer Gazprom expects Denmark to agree to its route application for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany in October, RIA news agency cited Gazprom’s Chairman Viktor Zubkov as saying on Thursday. Gazprom hopes to finish the gas pipeline project to Germany by the end of this year, but it has had delays in obtaining permits from Denmark. “I think they should give approval sometime in October and then we complete this very important project at the end of the year,” Zubkov was quoted as saying. The above article appeared on the Reuters news website. 

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    Not Only Geopolitics: U.S. Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Nord Stream 2 Project

    If Republicans and Democrats from the Trump administration and the U.S. Congress, which stand on different sides of the political barricade, can unite their forces, they may speak with one voice when criticizing Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 energy pipeline project. In May, bipartisan efforts were made to intensify work on sanctions targeted at entities involved in building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline running from Russia to Germany while U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry declared in Brussels and Kiev that introducing a restrictions package is just a matter of time. Continue reading the article on the Warsaw Institute news website.

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    Schroeder says U.S. pressure on Denmark main reason for Nord Stream 2 delay

    U.S. political pressure on Denmark is the main reason for delays on construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe, project chairman Gerhard Schroeder said on Friday. The project has come under fire from the United States and several eastern European, Nordic and Baltic Sea countries, which fear that it will increase the European Union’s reliance on Russian gas, as reported by Reuters. Former German chancellor Schroeder argued that U.S. gas is more expensive than Russian gas and would be a bad choice for Europe, adding that looming elections in Denmark offer hope that Nord Stream 2 will be finished on time. Continue reading the article on the…

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    Russland sucht die Konfrontation mit dem Westen

    Seit dem «Anschluss» der Krim erfindet sich Russland neu: als eine Großmacht, die chauvinistisch spricht und aggressiv handelt. Das sagt Golineh Atai, eine der besten Kennerinnen Russlands, die für ihre Berichterstattung aus Moskau vielfach ausgezeichnet wurde. Sie erklärt die tieferen Gründe für eine Politik, die im Westen vielfach kaum wahrgenommen, in falsche Vergleiche heruntergebrochen oder einfach verdrängt wird. Die Wahrheit ist: Russland fordert die globale Ordnung heraus – in einer Zeit, in der die Fortdauer ebendieser Ordnung ungewiss ist. Denn Russland sieht sich im Krieg. Und Russlands Aggression existiert darüber hinaus auch in alten und neuen globalen Medien, im Cyberspace, im Wirtschaftsraum. Continue reading the article on the Rowohlt webiste.