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    U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    Washington and Berlin face off again over Nord Stream 2 as European ships are targeted. In the latest uptick of trans-Atlantic tensions, European ships involved in the construction of a controversial gas pipeline from Russia to Germany could be subject to U.S. sanctions under a new bipartisan bill that will be introduced in the U.S. Senate as early as Monday. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz, a Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, would sanction companies involved in laying deep-sea pipelines for Russian energy projects, taking direct aim at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which has emerged as a major source of tension between the United States and Germany. Foreign…

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    Nord Stream 2: Jetzt wird Gazprom nervös

    Der Streit um die deutsch-russische Gaspipeline ist wieder voll entflammt: Der EVP-Kandidat für das Amt des EU-Kommissionspräsidenten, Manfred Weber, hat angekündigt, die Leitung blockieren zu wollen, falls er Chef der EU-Behörde werden sollte. Lange Zeit sah es so aus, als könnte nichts und niemand dieser Rohrleitung etwas anhaben: Selbst als Russland sich 2014 die Krim einverleibte, wurden die Pipeline-Pläne zwar mal kurz auf Eis gelegt, aber dann flugs wieder aufgetaut. Seitdem sind Russland wie Deutschland emsig damit beschäftigt, Röhre um Röhre auf dem Ostsee-Grund zu verlegen und damit Kilometer für Kilometer dem gemeinsamen Traum einer zweiten Energie-Hauptschlagader näherzukommen. Auch das miserable Verhältnis der EU und der NATO zu Moskau oder…

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    Nord Stream 2: Großprojekt der Privatwirtschaft oder Instrument russischer Geopolitik?

    Bei Nord Stream 2 fallen wirtschaftliche und geopolitische Interessen Russlands untrennbar voneinander zusammen. Der Bau der Pipeline muss als Versuch Moskaus gewertet werden, sich in der aktuell angespannten politischen Lage vor allem gegenüber der Ukraine aber auch der EU alle Handlungsoptionen offen zu halten, um diese zukünftig zur Durchsetzung eigener strategischer Ziele nutzen zu können. ‚Deutschland ist ein Gefangener Russlands‘. Mit dieser provokanten Aussage erregte US Präsident Donald Trump am Rande des NATO-Gipfels im Jahr 2018 in Brüssel große mediale Aufmerksamkeit. Und US-Vizepräsident Mike Pence fand auf der Münchener Sicherheitskonferenz in diesem Jahr noch deutlichere Worte: „Wir können die Verteidigung des Westens nicht garantieren, wenn unsere Bündnispartner sich vom Osten abhängig…

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    Ukraine gegen Nord Stream 2 “Räuberische Investition”

    Bei der EU-Kommission ist eine Beschwerde gegen das deutsch-russische Gasprojekt Nord Stream 2 eingegangen: Ein wirtschaftlicher Grund für die Investition sei nicht zu erkennen, Russland gehe es um Geopolitik, klagt die Ukraine. Der staatliche ukrainische Gaskonzern Naftogaz hat bei der EU-Kommission Beschwerde gegen das deutsch-russische Pipelineprojekt Nord Stream 2 eingelegt. Zur Begründung hieß es, man könne keine wirtschaftliche Begründung für den Bau der Pipeline erkennen, weshalb “ihr Zweck nur wettbewerbswidrig sein” könne, erklärte Naftogaz. Der russische Gasriese Gazprom, der das Projekt kontrolliert, strebe eine beherrschende Stellung auf dem europäischen Gasmarkt an. Continue reading the article on the German Spiegel Online news website.

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    Mit Nein zur Putin-Pipeline beweist Manfred Weber, dass er ein wahrer Europäer ist

    Vielleicht kann man von Manfred Weber am besten lernen, was das ist: ein guter Europäer. Einem guten Europäer sind im Zweifel europäische Interessen wichtiger als deutsche, und dies selbst dann, wenn er ein Deutscher ist. Jedenfalls sind nicht automatisch jene gute Europäer, die dies sonntags behaupten. Als Weber ankündigte, er werde als Kommissionspräsident alles tun, um die Ostsee-Pipeline “Nord Stream 2” zu stoppen, waren CDU und SPD stocksauer. Der Bundeswirtschaftsminister von der CDU stufte Webers Äußerung als Privatmeinung ab, die SPD wunderte sich, dass ein deutscher Europa-Kandidat die Deutschen über eine polnische Zeitung wissen lasse, er werde ein deutsch-russisches Projekt bekämpfen. Continue reading the article on the Focus news website.

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    Nord Stream 2: What Berlin thinks about halting construction

    Manfred Weber, a candidate for the office of president of the European Commission, is speaking out against the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. What is the German government’s response? German politician Manfred Weber, currently the parliamentary leader of the European People’s Party (EPP), is hoping to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker after the European Parliament elections from May 23-26. At the beginning of the week he had announced that, as head of the European Commission, he would block the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The project was not in the European Union’s interest, Weber told the Polish newspaper Polska Times, saying the pipeline could increase the bloc’s dependence on Russian gas. Continue reading the article on the…

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    Gazprom is threatening Denmark with a late payment on the authorization of Nord Stream 2

    The Russian daily “Kommersant” reported on Monday that the Gazprom group is preparing a base for legal action against Denmark, whose authorities – in his view – procrastinate in a manner unjustified with the process of issuing a permit to set up the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. “Gazprom threatens Denmark with a lawsuit for delay in issuing permits” – said Kommersant. Relying on legal sources, the daily argues that Gazprom has little chance of a quick victory, while according to experts the threat of a lawsuit may put pressure on Denmark. Gazprom’s representative Dmitry Chandoga said on Monday at a media conference that the company believes that “there is still…

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    Berechtigte Skepsis vor deutsch-russischen Alleingängen

    EVP-Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber hat mit seiner Kritik an der Ostsee-Pipeline Nord Stream 2 für Irritationen in der Union gesorgt. Dabei hätte man seine Kritik kennen können, meint Bettina Klein. Wer das Ganze als reines Wahlkampfmanöver abtue, verkenne die Stimmungslage in Europa. Das Bundeswirtschaftsministerium hat den PR-Preis des Jahrzehnts verdient. Es muss über lange Zeit ganze Arbeit geleistet haben. Anders ist nicht zu erklären, dass so viele plötzlich aus allen Wolken fallen – angesichts des Widerstands in der EU gegen Nord Stream 2. Eines Widerstands, dem Manfred Weber als Spitzenkandidat der EVP nun im Europa-Wahlkampf ein Gesicht und eine Stimme gibt. Continue reading the article on the Deutschlandfunk news website.

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    EU Gas Directive Approval Could Delay Russian-Led Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

    The EU Council approved a European gas directive on April 15 that is expected to delay commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline – and potentially leave it half empty. By extending EU rules to non-EU pipelines — particularly those outside EU territory —  the directive will force Gazprom to “unbundle” or hand over operation of the line to a company independent of Russia’s state gas producer. However, Gazprom maintains a jealously guarded monopoly over gas exports from Russia and will be very reluctant to share the right to export with anyone. Currently, the only other entity allowed to export gas is privately owned Novatek, which is limited to…

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    Nord Stream 2 threatens to take EU to court over gas rules

    The company behind the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is threatening to sue the EU if it’s not allowed to avoid new regulations that it says endanger the billions of euros that have been invested in the project. In a letter obtained by POLITICO, Nord Stream 2 CEO Matthias Warnig wrote to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that if the pipeline is not eligible for a derogation from the new rules, “the measure would be discriminatory against [Nord Stream 2] as an investor” and the EU may be breaking an international treaty. The EU’s Gas Directive was revamped earlier this year and extends the bloc’s gas liberalization rules to cover new offshore gas…

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    Nord Stream 2: A failed test for EU unity and trans-Atlantic coordination

    From its inception, the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has triggered a controversial debate in the European Union and the United States. Sponsored by the Russian Gazprom (which is the sole shareholder), the German Wintershall and Uniper, the French ENGIE, the Austrian OMV, and Royal Dutch Shell, the Nord Stream 2 is expected to extend and double Nord Stream 1’s existing capacity, transporting Russian gas directly to Germany via the Baltic Sea. While the EU Council has just establishedthat pipelines with third countries must comply with EU gas rules, it remains unclear how this will impact Nord Stream 2––specifically, whether the pipeline will get an exemption or if its…

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    Germany’s Social Democrats defend Nord Stream 2

    The Social Democratic Party (SPD) Parliamentary Group has published its official position on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline (NS2). The document outlines the party’s strategy on NS2 in the project’s final stage and future activation. Based on the assumption that NS2 is close to completion, the SPD intends to stabilise Germany’s central position as a hub for Russian gas in Europe. At the same time, the Social Democrats want to strengthen their message that NS2 will benefit the EU gas market, including by expanding the circle of those who will gain from the investment. The SPD’s consolidated position is principally intended to ensure that the party presents a consistent line…

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    Patostream with Nord Stream 2 By

    By Wojciech Jakóbik Quarrel in the family Energy cooperation between Western companies and Gazprom goes far beyond the contested and – already mainstream– Nord Stream 2 problem. It includes the exchange of assets, the entry of the transport sector and bunker with the use of LNG. Further challenges threaten to delay Nord Stream 2, which may translate into problems in other departments of this economic symbiosis. The Austrian OMV acknowledges that the lack of Denmark’s decision to allow the construction of the Nord Stream 2 section on its territory could potentially delay the project. Even Russian Kommersant acknowledges that the delays in the construction of Nord Stream 2 are likely. According to our findings,…

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    Russian company: Incomprehensible that Denmark has not made a decision on controversial gas pipeline

    The Danish Energy Agency has today received a new and third application from Nord Stream 2 AG for a controversial gas pipeline that has to go from Russia to Germany. But besides the application, the company also criticises the Danish authorities for waiting so long with a decision. It is now more than two years since the company behind the pipeline, owned by the state-owned Russian energy group Gazprom, submitted its first application for a route through Danish waters. And in a press release Nord Stream 2 AG calls it “incomprehensible” that Denmark has not yet made a decision. According to them, there are no relevant environmental or safety reasons why…

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    NORD STREAM 2: CAN DENMARK MAKE BERLIN AND MOSCOW TREMBLE?

    Did the Nord Stream II gas pipeline project have its wings clipped? Denmark has delayed its approval for building the segment of the pipeline that crosses its territorial waters. Whilst a total restructuring of the entire project seems to be highly unlikely, Copenhagen’s decision unveils the contradictions between Nord Stream II and Europe’s energy policy. What is the Nord Stream II project? Nord Stream II is a gas pipeline project which is to connect Vyborg in Russia to Greifswald in the north east of Germany, and which would follow almost the same route as Nord Stream I which has been in service since 2011. The pipeline connects the biggest supplier of natural…

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    Will Nord Stream 2 omit the gas directive?

    Politico and Ukrainian Naftogaz have organized a discussion about the future of energy security. The panelists were arguing about Nord Stream 2 and the relations between the European Union and Russia. Will the project omit the EU law? I am very curious how the Russians will avoid the principle of separation the pipeline ownership from gas transfer company. Continue reading the article on the Polish Biznes Alert news website.

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    Europe is Entering its Golden Age of Gas

    In a 2011 report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) asked a provocative question: are we entering a golden age of gas? At the time, U.S. shale gas production was surging and new fields were coming online around the globe, encouraged by high oil prices. Gas, it seemed, was poised to “play a far more prominent role in the global energy mix.” Since 2011, the short answer to the IEA’s question has been ‘not yet,’ at least on a global scale. Though many of the IEA’s assumptions have been coming to fruition in the last two years, including major demand growth from China, major supply growth from unconventional sources, and low growth…

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    How to lose friends and alienate people or Germany on Nord Stream 2

    Germany’s proceedings around Nord Stream 2 will not only hurt this country, but also European common policy as a whole from a security point of view. Additionally, they are undermining Germany’s already-fragile position as the European mediator and dealmaker. In the 1970s Henry Kissinger famously wondered, “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” His statement underlined the Old Continent’s lack of common policy. Divisions of this nature are especially evidenced in contemporary times when it comes to the Nord Stream 2 project. The European Commission (EC) already assumed that this project, which calls for the construction of another gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, would not serve common European…

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    Nord Stream boss warns of years of delays

    The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany could be stalled for years because of Denmark’s environmental concerns about its route, the company behind the project is warning. A lengthy delay could force Russia to renew its gas transit agreement with Ukraine, while it awaits a final verdict. The current pipeline through Ukraine provides the war-torn country with an annual income worth 2 per cent of its GDP. The controversial €11.7-million project had been expected to begin pumping gas under the Baltic Sea by the end of the year. Continue reading the article on the Energy Reporters news website.

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    Putin erpresst die Ukraine um 2,3 Milliarden Euro

    Wird Russland auch während des Betriebs der Putin-Pipeline „Nord Stream 2“ Gas durch die Ukraine pumpen? Dies habe Wladimir Putin Bundeskanzlerin Merkel zugesagt, so die Aussage der Bundesregierung bislang. Doch BILD liegt ein internes Verschlusssache-Dokument des Auswärtigen Amtes vor, das erhebliche Zweifel an der Darstellung weckt. Demnach verlangt Russland nach Inbetriebnahme der Ostsee-Pipeline von der Ukraine, auf Schadensersatz in Höhe von etwa 2,3 Milliarden Euro zu verzichten! Das hatte das Stockholmer Schiedsgericht Kiew 2018 zugesagt. Nur dann könne ein neuer Vertrag für den Gastransitvertrag zwischen Moskau und Kiew ab 2020 zustande kommen. Continue reading the article on the Bild news website.