The chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger: Unreasonable to regard Nord Stream 2 as a purely business matter. (Source: Kay Nietfeld / dpa)
The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Germany and Russia is causing a lot of resentment, especially in the USA. Foreign policy expert Wolfang Ischinger also criticizes the federal government.
According to the head of the Munich Security Conference, the disagreement over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is scratching Germany’s credibility. It remains a burden for Germany’s foreign policy, said Wolfgang Ischinger in an interview with the Italian newspaper “La Stampa”. That creates an obvious problem with the US. However, Berlin and Washington agree that Ukraine shouldn’t be neglected, the 75-year-old said.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) met US President Joe Biden in Washington this week on her farewell visit as Chancellor. Both stated that they still have different views on Nord Stream 2. The almost completed Baltic Sea pipeline is currently the biggest conflict between the USA and Germany. It is intended to transport natural gas from Russia past Ukraine directly to Germany.
According to Merkel, the pipeline is an additional project and not an alternative to gas transit through Ukraine. The USA and some Eastern European NATO partners fear that Europe is too dependent on Russian energy supplies and therefore reject the project. Ischinger further stated in the interview that it is no longer justifiable to regard Nord Stream 2 as a purely business matter. On the other hand, it is a geopolitical question.