Putin critic Alexei Navalny was “unequivocally” poisoned with Novichok. The revelation that a Russian opposition leader was exposed to the same nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal has put even more pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to “pull the plug” on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

The Nord Stream 2 project has been controversial since inception: Russian gas is to flow directly to Germany via a pipeline through the Baltic Sea. Critics fear this will reinforce dependency on the Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom, and thus also on the Russian government. Should Nord Stream 2 be cancelled?

Gas from Russia is currently piped through Ukraine, and the Nord Stream 2 project would result in Kiev losing $2 billion in annual transit costs. Several Central and Eastern European countries have also called for a rethink of the project, and the US government has been lobbying against it (and has increasingly been supplying Europe with natural gas itself). Roughly 9.5 billion euros have been invested in the project and the pipes themselves have almost been completely laid. Is it too late to stop Nord Stream 2?

Should Europe cancel its gas pipeline project with Russia? Would it make the EU too dependent on Russian energy? Or, given that billions of euros have now been spent on Nord Stream 2 and construction is almost complete, is it simply too late to cancel? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

    • avatar
      Michael

      A chilly winter in Germany.

  1. avatar
    Olivier

    No.. Russia is not our enemy.. I feel closer to Russians than Americans.. We don t have any lesson of democracy to deliver

    • avatar
      Paul

      Russia may not be your enemy, but it is the enemy of freedom of thought and and expression as well as democratic opposition.
      Its a kleptocracy run by thugs emboldened by the ever timid response of most of the west to its actions…annexing previously democratic states..supporting armed conflict in europe…killing innocent civilians….sanctioning state assassinations…
      Putin has only one weapon (cheap energy) which he uses to bolster his increasingly failing state…sooner, rather than later, europe will have to confront his bluff.

    • avatar
      Michael

      Bluff? I’m not so sure about that.

    • avatar
      Paul

      Russia is just Saudi Arabia with trees…strip out it’s energy resource & it has nothing..it’s just a playground bully & like all such needs to be confronted, not appeased.

    • avatar
      Franco

      Don´t forget about Libya…

  2. avatar
    George

    Germany needs to be investigated for this charade, and their refusal to cooperate with the investigation.
    German claim is equal to “He ate a nuke which was in a cake, then the nuke exploded in his stomach, but he survived now and he’s ok”…and they claim to have the evidence for that, but they don’t see the need to share it !? 🤔

    • avatar
      Flaviu

      😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • avatar
      Matthias

      they did share the results with OPCW (of which Russia is a member)

  3. avatar
    Christos

    Germany (and its satellite states) needs Russian gas that means Europe is obliged to follow.

    • avatar
      Michael

      There are other sources of energy for heating, sources that don’t worsen global warming, and we should force Germany to use them.

    • avatar
      Christos

      we are not here to force anything. We need to integrate Europe to a country not to a satrapy.

    • avatar
      Raileanu

      i don’t think we need it.
      I think Russia need EU more than EU needs Russia. You remember when the sanctions started and Putin boasted about the pipeline to China?

    • avatar
      Ramune

      Moreover, the only language Putin understands is sanctions, so stopping the pipeline might cool him down a touch and at the same time Europe would not seems as toothless

  4. avatar
    Suman

    Just do it, if you can!!!!!

  5. avatar
    Bogdan

    What does that pipeline do? Is in Russia’s favor to cancel? No. In Europe’s favor? Seems like not. It is in Europe’s power to make a lower price offer than agreed. Since this pipeline project is entirely disputable, I guess Europe has at least the power to harshly negotiate this gas’ price.

    • avatar
      Michael

      The gas pipeline should be cancelled. Southern Europe should make the cancellation a condition for not deferring debt repayments. 😛

  6. avatar
    Flaviu

    EU should increase invesments in reducing fossil consumtion and after that inflict a full embargo to criminal regims like russia or Turkey. For EU needs should be used Black Sea and Eastern Mediteranean reserves.

  7. avatar
    Panayiotis

    Turkey europe ally kill one Novalny per hour, occupy half Cyptus for 46 years, and now threaten to end civilization in Greece, Why you dont worry there? Hypocricity can be hided

    • avatar
      Michael

      Well, Spain’s justice system isn’t any better than Poland’s, but you know how it is. 🙄

  8. avatar
    Jason

    Same tired old criminal provocations by Chevron/Blackrock (Leviathan gas fields off Gaza). A pathetic charade to try to throw off Nord Stream 2, dished up my mass murderers (Kagans, Nuland etc.) and swallowed up by imbeciles.

    • avatar
      Michael

      Oh please. The US can’t even walk in a straight line anymore, let alone hatch an elaborate scheme to endanger a pipeline through Central Asia. 😂

    • avatar
      Jason

      Michael And Nuland and Kagans never brokered the 5 billion sweetener either (for Hunter Biden as well) of course 😂

  9. avatar
    Paul

    Regardless of what “should ” be done…Germany will do what suits Germany…the others will do the same…the concept of a “European” response to the ongoing threat posed by Russia is a myth.

    • avatar
      Michael

      There wasn’t even a proper British response to Skripal, and they spread poison around a British city and killed two British citizens in the process.

    • avatar
      Paul

      23 diplomats expelled, assets frozen, further sanctions on trade and investment…encouraging other countries to expel a further 130 diplomats…but agree, personally would use all leverage in BoE and govt to isolate and freeze all assets worldwide by all those in office responsible for these cases of aggression to the west….if they want to spend all their ill gotton gains in Russia, so be it… but stop them enjoying any luxurious lifestyle in the west.

  10. avatar
    Manuel

    No it’s not the Europe interest to cancel the pipeline.

  11. avatar
    Michael

    Skripal was much worse. Not only did they poison a dissident, they showed no respect for the sovereignty of other nations, opening up a Pandora’s box. At that point Russia became a rogue state. It should not be tolerated for countries to assassinate people in other countries. Do you have any idea what that implies? Everything that should have been done should have been done then.

  12. avatar
    Franco

    No, I don´t see any reason why Europe should cancel its gas pipeline project . There are many european citizens who need gas for a reasonabel price. Let us live together in peace without being in searching for new enemies .

  13. avatar
    Andrej Novak

    ASAP!

    Should never have been started in the first place, including Nordstream 1.

    Both have always been anti-European projects of the Kremlin aimed at increasing European dependence on Russian gas as well as exporting corruption, thus increasing the authoritarian Kremlin’s leverage over strategic European questions. Increased imports of Russian gas also mean more money for Russian warmongering in Syria, Ukraine, Libya as well as Russian intelligence assassinations.

  14. avatar
    Laszlo

    Navalny himself probably wouldn’t want to scrap the project. If it is almost done, then let’s see if it is economically viable – it might better the life of millions of people by reducing their gas bill.

  15. avatar
    Jevgeni

    Navalny story happens at the moment where Europe is struggling with Belarus and US elections are coming and US is threataning EU for pipeline which is almost ready.. i don’t believe in that much coincedences. And i don’t think that Navalny is such a threat to Putin few years before next elections, so why to get rid of Navalny now, what is the motive ? 🤷‍♂️

  16. avatar
    Vassiliki

    Russia has parts in Europe…

  17. avatar
    Julia

    Cancel billions worth of an almost complete pipeline vs do nothing about EU candidate member Turkey threatening war with EU member countries Greece and Cyprus to steal their natural resources. Hmm.

  18. avatar
    Konrad

    Germany has always been the greatest friend of the Moscow State for 500 years when they entered into a mutual alliance against Poland and Lithuania.
    The exception is a few years (the first half of WW I and the second half of WWII)

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      Dan

      Really?,and I suppose the Russians split the German state in half and occupied the eastern part for nearly fifty years because they couldn’t bear to be separated from their wonderful friends.

  19. avatar
    catherine benning

    Should Europe cancel its gas pipeline project with Russia?

    And the reason for that would be? …. Could it be to keep the European tax payers without gas and other fuels for the winter cold?

  20. avatar
    Dan

    As always Germany will do what benefits Germany.

  21. avatar
    Nesta

    My mind is not on Russia and it’s affairs.

  22. avatar
    Marc

    We can’t!
    We left ourselves dependent on Russia for oil – after cancelling nuclear energy decades ago!
    We should try replacing our world leaders with shaved apes. They couldln’t do any worse!

  23. avatar
    Sebastian

    “we found out that is dangerous for the people, we found out that we can repair what was broken > and we found out that there’s a lot of hope and a lot of persons fighting for that” utopia”..

  24. avatar
    Rui

    Make pipeline he never should come back .. seems that he ever dont know his coyntry

  25. avatar
    Jevgeni

    Sorry but it is a stupid question, you are asking to put on scale a circus with Navalny and Europe’s reliable energy source. ‍♂️

  26. avatar
    Arijan

    When you say Russia, you really mean Putin.

  27. avatar
    Miguel

    Ask the Germans. They changed the existing Ukrania one to avoid confrontation with Russia. European Hypocresy.

  28. avatar
    Jovan

    No. The way the EU works is, when little southern fish like Bulgaria and Hungary will make transit fees from a project like South Stream, (that mean a great deal to their economies btw) thats when you play the moral card on Russia over Crimea and cancel. But when the Germans and Danes need it and will stand to benefit from it like Nord Stream 2, then Russia can roll tanks into Kiev and shoot Ukrainians for sport and it won’t make a bit of difference. I am so glad World World 2 finally decided there are no masters and servants in Europe. They are all one happy dysfunctional family where the domestic abuse goes on behind closed doors while its all smiles for cameras in public.

  29. avatar
    Μάρκος

    Germans haven’t take any measures or sanctions against Turkey of Islamofascist Dictator Erdogan’s Regime, who has violated Thousands of times the Human Rights’s Treaties and the European Conventions ! They, as well Spaniards and Italians, still sell to Turkey Weapons, Submarines, ecc. that in the near future they are gonna Kill citizens of E.U. like Greeks, Cypriots, French, ecc. and you expect Germany to go against their Interests ? Nice Joke … of a so called “Union” !

  30. avatar
    George

    Europe should investigate Merkel and Germany for assisting USAn charade to sabotage EU’s energy plan, and for (claiming) that they brought WMDs in a plastic bottle (as evidence), in a bag, in a plane full of unsuspecting people!It’s a miracle no one else died. Well no one died, as it was all fake, but that’s the point.

  31. avatar
    Flaviu Amarandei

    Not cancelation, but blocked until some normal conditions could be met. Russian people are not the enemy, but Russia and its oligarchs are and EU should punish them where it hurts, on their business. It is time to put a stop to big business priority over ethics.

  32. avatar
    Yvonne

    Hmm thats a difficult descision..isnt it…one question i would ask is ..is there any other place where europe can access gas?..and should we be offering free solar panels to our member states instead..in an effort to boost electrical supply to our homes and the national grids? ..is there any other fuel we could develop to use in our homes instead of gas?..Hydrogin? or what about that new fuel from Sweeden?..anyway..you seem to have committed to a pipeline from Russia..hopefully it will make gas prices cheeper? !!

  33. avatar
    Alex

    To import expensive gas from the US?? NO WAY

  34. avatar
    Oscar

    Yes they should. But ot would lessen german interests and income so they wont ever do it.

  35. avatar
    Jakub

    Sunken cost fallacy? So what, even if it is completed. EU should not do business with dictators, authoritarians and communists. They are all the same!

  36. avatar
    Manuel

    No! There are other means to achieve the same…

  37. avatar
    Ralf

    Sorry but there are EU member States that don’t apply human rights and nothing is done so why we should sanction Russia?

  38. avatar
    Karolis

    And you’re asking that after a deal with China.

  39. avatar
    Dirk

    Yes, even though Gazprom corrupted German politicians to complete the pipeline for further dependency. Moscow also likes the idea of splitting the EU.

  40. avatar
    José

    Hahahah i would like to see that!

  41. avatar
    Marius

    Yes!!! The principles should certainly take precedence over the interests of certain interest groups.

  42. avatar
    Julia

    As if Germany would do that. Germany is ok with unethical and harmful behaviour of their country’s good customers or for some financial gain. Maybe the EU should be running ethical standards on Germany.

  43. avatar
    Николай

    Otherwise US will bomb us? Or just sanctions to our economy? It’s time to understand that the only friend that EU have is the EU.

  44. avatar
    Michael

    Yes. And Germany and other nothern countries should wean themselves off gas entirely. Putin is at the level of Kim Jong-un, and not only that but has even shown a willingness to violate the sovereignty of other nations and attempt to murder people in Europe, killing civilians in the process. It’s obscene what he is allowed to get away with because of Germany’s gas addiction.

    • avatar
      Alex

      Michael Šimková we’re all addicted to gas you tinfoil hat

    • avatar
      Michael

      Alex Sascha No we are not. The use of natural gas for heating is widespread in northern Europe only. Elsewhere air conditioning or direct electric heating is used. Northern Europe needs to focus on energy independence, whether through expanding renewable sources and/or expanding nuclear power sources to lower the cost of electricity and stop burning gas.

    • avatar
      Alex

      Michael Šimková nuclear power? Oh god ‍♂️

    • avatar
      Arben

      Николай Милчев Pensi che faranno com’è la Russia con Cecenia e Gorgia ?

    • avatar
      Michael

      Николай Милчев In today’s world nobody has any friends, only interests.

    • avatar
      Arben

      Michael Šimková in un mondo di oligarki! Perché i popoli non ne hanno nessun benefico, solo diventano carne da macello, come in Siria!

    • avatar
      Alex

      Michael Šimková its always been this way..nothing new

    • avatar
      Arnout

      Ralf Tenhumberg because they are worse? And because A does something it doesn’t mean that if B does it that it then becomes oke.

    • avatar
      Michael

      Karolis Girdauskas Better Xi than Putin.

    • avatar
      Karolis

      Michael Šimková oh really? I’m more than interested to hear why

    • avatar
      Michael

      Karolis Girdauskas Because Xi doesn’t send hitmen with novichok to try to murder Ai Wei Wei or others of their critics in foreign countries, even killing random people in the process. Putin does that.

    • avatar
      Karolis

      Michael Šimková are you kdding me? Just watch ehat CCP is doing in USA. Also China has mass labor camos (concentration camps more likelyl) thechinese are cleansin Sinkiang, Tibet and anyone who isn’t a Han chinese. You should do some extra research.

    • avatar
      Michael

      Karolis Girdauskas No, I’m not. You haven’t even disputed that what I said is true. “Do your research” is postmodern Millennial-speak for “you should convince yourself of my opinion because I have no arguments with which to convince you.”

    • avatar
      Marius

      Karolis Girdauskas You are partially right, but russian crimes over recent history are far worst then the PRC. Starting with the WW2 and the eastern Europe, with Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ucraine. Plus the killing of people they și not like.

  45. avatar
    Anatilde

    Being that came after they actually invaded a country to be able to do it, i say hard pass no.

  46. avatar
    Uhebagwi

    It will be foolish for Germany to cancel the project it’s for the interest of Germany economic and European economic as a whole

  47. avatar
    Крис

    Sure. If the EU wants to show again that it’s a US puppet.

  48. avatar
    Крис

    Sure. If the EU wants to show again that it’s a US puppet.

  49. avatar
    Franco

    Well done ! EU isn’t a US puppet .

  50. avatar
    Franco

    Well done ! EU isn’t a US puppet .

  51. avatar
    George

    It is sad and pathetic, that some EU politicians try to push that nonsense as a pretext for sabotaging EU economic projects, and protect USAn interests.EU should investigate USAn lobbyists, NGOs (like you,) and the perpetrators of this charade about “Captain America”, who claimed he drank WMDs and got a hangover.

  52. avatar
    George

    It is sad and pathetic, that some EU politicians try to push that nonsense as a pretext for sabotaging EU economic projects, and protect USAn interests.EU should investigate USAn lobbyists, NGOs (like you,) and the perpetrators of this charade about “Captain America”, who claimed he drank WMDs and got a hangover.

  53. avatar
    Gabor

    I think some of you are missing a point here. The EU is a US puppet, but at the same time it is also a Russian puppet. The EU was a battle ground in the WWII and it remains such to this day. So should it cancel the Russian pipeline project? May be? But is the EU really ready to take the hit? I personally doubt it can.

    • avatar
      JT

      Gabor Molnar Disagree, other issues might be, not the North Stream II gas pipe project. EU needs clean energy and Russia sells clean energy. What right the US has to stop EU from having clean energy? What I can see is that the US is also supplier of natural gas. Why the US is not playing a fair market competition game with Russia by basing the cost of its natural gas but using the “security” issue to sanction Russia?

  54. avatar
    Gabor

    I think some of you are missing a point here. The EU is a US puppet, but at the same time it is also a Russian puppet. The EU was a battle ground in the WWII and it remains such to this day. So should it cancel the Russian pipeline project? May be? But is the EU really ready to take the hit? I personally doubt it can.

  55. avatar
    Paulius

    Well, if completion of NordStream2 is inevitable, we need to add some pipelines from Germany to Ukraine via Poland. Lithuania has a LNG terminal, so they can import gas from anywhere. This should be connected with other Baltic states to offer them an alternative from Russia. Also a connection is being built between Poland and Lithuania.Regimes like Russia depend on easily controlled mineral extraction and export and Kremlin basically lives off hydrocarbons. There’s a very big chance it will become obsolete due to green energy becoming more efficient and accessible.Russia must be cleverly integrated into European economy, however it must be done by European terms and not Russian. We can’t erase it from the map and we have to contain and engage it.

  56. avatar
    Paulius

    Well, if completion of NordStream2 is inevitable, we need to add some pipelines from Germany to Ukraine via Poland. Lithuania has a LNG terminal, so they can import gas from anywhere. This should be connected with other Baltic states to offer them an alternative from Russia. Also a connection is being built between Poland and Lithuania.Regimes like Russia depend on easily controlled mineral extraction and export and Kremlin basically lives off hydrocarbons. There’s a very big chance it will become obsolete due to green energy becoming more efficient and accessible.Russia must be cleverly integrated into European economy, however it must be done by European terms and not Russian. We can’t erase it from the map and we have to contain and engage it.

  57. avatar
    Uli

    What difference does it make in the end. Either we get independent from Russian oil…if not what negative impact does a direct pipeline have over the issues with Turkey or in Ukraine?

  58. avatar
    Uli

    What difference does it make in the end. Either we get independent from Russian oil…if not what negative impact does a direct pipeline have over the issues with Turkey or in Ukraine?

  59. avatar
    Manuel

    Of course Not! Only if EU wants to protect the USA interests and geostrategic agenda

  60. avatar
    Manuel

    Of course Not! Only if EU wants to protect the USA interests and geostrategic agenda

  61. avatar
    David

    Is their an alternative to the pipe line at a lower price or the same price? If so I dont see a reason not to cancel. The EU needs to camp together and show strength or then what is it good for?

  62. avatar
    David

    Is their an alternative to the pipe line at a lower price or the same price? If so I dont see a reason not to cancel. The EU needs to camp together and show strength or then what is it good for?

  63. avatar
    Sirkka

    Important to be completed .. so a little more missing! It is wrong to punish investors! Big money caught. They need to be made to produce … for the benefit of all of us!

  64. avatar
    Sirkka

    Important to be completed .. so a little more missing! It is wrong to punish investors! Big money caught. They need to be made to produce … for the benefit of all of us!

  65. avatar
    Μάρκος

    Since 2010 when Germany took the lead of EU and gave Rise to the Racist Stereotypes against Greeks, Italians, and generally against the South of E.U., and Imposed a Economic Hunta against all the countries of the South -E.U., this Project of “E.U.”…is DEAD ! So … now don’t ask about how to react a non relevant European to a matter of German Interest, when Germans are gonna do What it’s favor to them, without any conciliation by others or anxiety about “Common European” attitude or reaction. In this “Club”, everyone (sooner or later) will have to take care for his own shake….

  66. avatar
    Μάρκος

    Since 2010 when Germany took the lead of EU and gave Rise to the Racist Stereotypes against Greeks, Italians, and generally against the South of E.U., and Imposed a Economic Hunta against all the countries of the South -E.U., this Project of “E.U.”…is DEAD ! So … now don’t ask about how to react a non relevant European to a matter of German Interest, when Germans are gonna do What it’s favor to them, without any conciliation by others or anxiety about “Common European” attitude or reaction. In this “Club”, everyone (sooner or later) will have to take care for his own shake….

  67. avatar
    Natasha

    How I feel about that move ? – the usual nonsense, attempting to hurt all parties who disagreed to buy a very expensive and difficult to deliver American gas to EU.

  68. avatar
    Natasha

    How I feel about that move ? – the usual nonsense, attempting to hurt all parties who disagreed to buy a very expensive and difficult to deliver American gas to EU.

  69. avatar
    Szász

    Yes, cancel and concentrate on self produced renewable energy!

  70. avatar
    Szász

    Yes, cancel and concentrate on self produced renewable energy!

  71. avatar
    Anatilde

    Yes, but that would destroy the point of Ukrainia invasion.

  72. avatar
    Anatilde

    Yes, but that would destroy the point of Ukrainia invasion.

  73. avatar
    Tpuki

    It must be cancelled immediately! The EU cancelled South Stream, waving it to Turkey. Germany must pay for this by losing the north pipeline!

  74. avatar
    Georgius

    Why we still thinking based on fossil fuels, we must change our way of living.’Our civilisation is underpinned by extractivism, a belief that the Earth is ours to exploit, and the nonsensical idea of infinite growth within a finite territory. Material possessions as markers of achievement, a drive to consume for the sake of consumption, and blindness to the long-term consequences of our actions, have all become part of the culture of global capitalism. ‘Peter Sutoris – The Guardian

  75. avatar
    Georgius

    Why we still thinking based on fossil fuels, we must change our way of living.’Our civilisation is underpinned by extractivism, a belief that the Earth is ours to exploit, and the nonsensical idea of infinite growth within a finite territory. Material possessions as markers of achievement, a drive to consume for the sake of consumption, and blindness to the long-term consequences of our actions, have all become part of the culture of global capitalism. ‘Peter Sutoris – The Guardian

  76. avatar
    Leszek

    I think it should be federalized for whole UE as a strategic investment.

  77. avatar
    Leszek

    I think it should be federalized for whole UE as a strategic investment.

  78. avatar
    JT

    Biden’s waive US sanction does not mean that the US Congress agree to waive. This is just a strategy of deception same as the Paris Agreement and the Iran Nuclear Deal, promises of the American presidents can never be honored, do not get happy too early.

  79. avatar
    Paul

    They reached an accomodation…Germany as usual doing what suits Germany, regardless of the impact to others.

  80. avatar
    Γεώργιος

    Russia is Europe and EU must cooperate for many more common beneficial projects.

    • avatar
      Pedro

      Γεώργιος Δανιηλίδης Agree. But not with a regime lead by Putin and the likes of him

    • avatar
      Γεώργιος

      Do you prefer YELTSIN and othera like him? Or Trump and Johnson merkel?

  81. avatar
    Franco

    No, peace and mutual respect. Europa need Russia and Russia need Europa.

  82. avatar
    Mariola

    Please : do it with full strategy to Poland

  83. avatar
    Boyko

    Why not. Insanity rules in EU.

    • avatar
      Georgius

      Boyko Vesselinov crazy pont of view mr. Vesselinov probably is in Russia that insanity rules, no?

    • avatar
      Georgius

      Not for sure, EU can’t depend of such a unpredictable country like Russia at the moment with such a political leader.

    • avatar
      Boyko

      Georgius Portugalus good luck with collecting wood for heating this winter, and don’t forget to say thank you to von Layen and the green mafia.

  84. avatar
    Natasha

    Is EU a one big kndergarten ?

  85. avatar
    Kimmo

    If you think of a Venn diagram where trade is one circle and politics the other, and they overlap slightly, it is the overlap that causes strife. For the most part, both operate separately. We buy all kinds of stuff from countries whose politics we may disagree with.

    • avatar
      Paul

      Kimmo Linkama trade is one thing….dependency is quite another!

    • avatar
      Kimmo

      Paul Vincent – exactly. That is why, in the interest of national security, including supply security, countries should diversify their sourcing. In other words, not put too many eggs in the same basket. I don’t know whether or not NordStream2 will do that, but as long as it is beneficial for both parties, I can see it working from the commercial viewpoint.

  86. avatar
    Paul

    Strategically Europe is in a dark place. Alienating its major defensive partner (UK), fracturing NATO cohesion with talk of an EU army, realising that the USA is pivoting away from western Europe to focus on Indo Pacific, but unwilling to face the economic reality of proper funding of its own security needs.A headlong rush into “green” policies, which has just realised the increasing dependency on an uncompromising and increasingly unfriendly Russia.This will not end well !

    • avatar
      Kimmo

      Paul Vincent – what a collection of contradictions.

    • avatar
      Paul

      Kimmo Linkama contradictory or not, it’s a recipe for a perfect storm.

    • avatar
      Antonio

      Paul Vincent the solutions are pretty simply, nuclear energy and an EU army! That’s it..The problem are the sovranist/populist idiots who will oppose the army and the leftist thumberg followers who will oppose the Nuclear energy!The whole world is in a dark place run by populist or communist politicians!

    • avatar
      Paul

      Antonio De Simone you may consider them simple…but neither will be enacted.

  87. avatar
    Manuel

    No! It isn’t in the “Europe” interest!

  88. avatar
    João

    I feel EU will become almost dependent on Russia. Merkel worst mistake!!

  89. avatar
    Michael

    No. As many as possible imports from different sources/locations

  90. avatar
    Olivier

    Of course not.. Russia is more our friend than USA

    • avatar
      Georgius

      Olivier Dutreil as they say in my country: come the devil and choose.

  91. avatar
    Alexandra

    That pipeline is a big mistake.

  92. avatar
    Jevgeni

    I still wonder how does some media tries to push certain agenda Russia was last 50 years a reliable source of gas, since Soviet time, despite any political situation in any moment of time. And connecting Navalny story (more controversial than NS2 pipe) to the most secure and reliable gas supply source is just immature, naive and frankly even stupid.

  93. avatar
    Joao

    Read in the past that 40% of gas storage capacity is in Portugal and Spain. So first fill all those tanks as a priority and then let’s move to depend less on an Oligarquic/Ditactorship regime.

  94. avatar
    Marcel

    It makes no sense for the Russian state to assassinate Navalny with a traceable “KGB style” poison and attract so much attention to themselves. Navalny is not a political threat to the Russian state as the voters hardly know who he is.
    The irony in EU buying gas from USA is that the USA publicly assassinates their own people with drones that are even less of a threat to themselves, than Navalny is to Russia.
    Any energy is business and while Nord Stream 2 may make the Russians some money now, their dominant position won’t last more than a few years.
    If the USA loves Ukraine so much, let the USA taxpayer pay the “lost” transit fee’s, not the EU taxpayer. The EU bloc does not have the capacity to look after Ukraine.

    • avatar
      John

      @Marcel The GRU are incompetent. It makes perfect sense for the Russian state to assassinate Navalny with a traceable “KGB style” poison and attract so much attention to themselves precisely because the GRU are incompetent.

  95. avatar
    Sven

    So we close down the nuclear plants here because europe wants to go green, but then there are power shortages so europe then buys gas from russia which is bad for the environment and drives energy prices sky high. Makes a lot of sense

  96. avatar
    Francis

    Nordstrean should be run by technocrats not politicians

  97. avatar
    Yannick

    What kind of question is this? I really don’t like when we fail to connect the dots. Politics seem to be very good at jumping from one topic to the other with no qualms about inconsistency: set high carbon reduction goals at a COP meeting on Monday, build a new pipeline on Tuesday. Which part of the climate crisis is it you don’t get exactly? The part that we should stay below 1.5C but we are heading to 3+ for example? The part that we have less than 8 years of carbon budget to burn to prevent a domino effect of ecological collapse? Wtf. Of course the answer is: close #nordstream and switch to green alternatives. Fast. Now. Not in 2050, NOW.

  98. avatar
    George

    buy “freedom gas” or else ! 😅
    Thank god USA is sending 20-30 ships with LNG to bring us freedom 😉
    Either that… or place criminal charges on the members of the European Commission who are blocking EU’s supply chain just to protect USAn interests.
    https://www.cbsnews.com/…/freedom-gas-us-energy…/

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