Why Germany will defend Nord Stream to the end


Despite severe pressure from the United States and its allies in Europe, Germany clearly intends to fight to maintain energy cooperation with Russia. For some reason, the dubious arguments that the Kremlin will exert malicious pressure on him do not act on Berlin.


Head of the Bundestag Committee on Energy and the economy Klaus Ernst bluntly stated:

The relationship is mutual: we need gas, and Russia wants to sell this gas. For 40 years, this has been working well. From mutual dependence, fruitful cooperation can be obtained.


Golden words, even now in granite carve. An export-oriented resource economy of the modern Russian Federation vitally requires access to the gas market of Germany and Europe as a whole. But Berlin needs Russian gas, as well as any other gas at an affordable price.

Germany, the leading power of the European Union in terms of economic power and population, is in dire need of a reliable and diversified supply of environmentally friendly energy sources, and natural gas is almost ideal for it. A terrible accident at the Japanese Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant frightened the Old World. Berlin made a fundamental decision to abandon nuclear energy, which was considered too dangerous. The nuclear power plants available in Germany are developing their resources and are being gradually decommissioned. At the same time, Germany is moving away from environmentally harmful coal generation.

In return, large sums of money are invested in renewable energy sources, the Germans have achieved great success in their "green revolution". But on one alternative energy you still will not go far. I need gas. Many and inexpensive to ensure the competitiveness of the German economy. Russian pipeline gas looks the most attractive, but Berlin will not refuse LNG to maximize diversification and increase its energy security. His main complaint against American LNG is the high cost of overpaying for policies»The Germans are not very ready.

The fundamental gas issue led the Germans to conflict with their longtime ally in the person of the United States. It is beneficial for Washington to arrange an energy crisis in Europe this winter in order to raise LNG prices and start selling its gas in the Old World at a profit. In addition, the cost of energy for Germany will make its economy less competitive than the American one.

Understanding perfectly the alignment, Berlin began to act. On November 20, Germany personally stood up for the first Russian Nord Stream. On September 10, at the initiative of Poland, the OPAL pipeline was unloaded at half its capacity. On the eve of the heating season, this calls into question the supply of gas to Europe. It is highly likely that on January 1, 2020, gas transit through Ukraine may cease. The Germans are clearly preparing for a difficult winter, intending to load the Nord Stream-1 at full capacity. But that is not all. Despite the new amendments to the Third Energy Package, Berlin managed to leave a loophole for the Nord Stream-2, which would allow this Russian gas pipeline to be loaded at full capacity. Berlin is well aware that the guaranteed supply of Gazprom is not a question of just one heating season, but the whole economic development of Germany for many years to come.

To bring Nord Stream-2 to full design capacity, it will still have to get approval from the European Commission, where the positions of Russia's opponents are strong. However, punching them is the optimal task for the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, who already has nothing to lose especially, but she can do something useful for her country.
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  1. Afinogen Offline
    Afinogen (Afinogen) 30 November 2019 12: 09
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    To bring Nord Stream-2 to full design capacity, it will still have to get approval from the European Commission, where the positions of Russia's opponents are strong

    The mind is incomprehensible. It does not fit into the framework of common sense. You pull the expensive gas pipeline to them, so that they have cheap gas, and cheap gas is not only the heat in the houses, it is also a competitive component in the economy. But they still break, they want something, snickering in their well-fed Europe. Well, what do you babysit with this Europe? Persuade her. Our gas does not suit - do not take, take dear Americanos.
    1. Ravshan Offline
      Ravshan (Jamsut) 30 November 2019 13: 05
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      Quote: Athenogen
      It does not fit into the framework of common sense.

      Is it healthy?

      Quote: Athenogen
      You pull the expensive gas pipeline to them, so that they have cheap gas, and cheap gas is not only the heat in the houses, it is also a competitive component in the economy. But they still break, they want something, snickering in their well-fed Europe.

      Yes, it “suddenly turns out” that they do not need “cheap gas”. And the power of all the "flows" are totally redundant. Those. part of the money for laying them is simply sunk in the seas.
      This has been clear for a long time. But it was very obvious only now. After Gazprom is moved up to the status of a backup gas supplier to Europe, what it will do with these pipes is not clear.

      Quote: Athenogen
      Well, what do you babysit with this Europe? Persuade her. Our gas does not suit - do not take, take dear Americanos.

      For starters, American gas is not expensive at all.
      And besides, Europe has no choice. The US has surplus gas and oil.
      They need to be sold somewhere.
      The most profitable market is the European market.
      So, they will sell it all there. Regardless of the opinion of Europe.
      And the rest of the European suppliers will have to move. Regardless of their desires.
      The modern world is arranged approximately like this.
      1. Gadlei Offline
        Gadlei 1 December 2019 11: 02
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        It is good when Europeans deal with LNG gas. Maybe then there will be a plan for gasification of Russia (an analogue of GOELRO) for us is better. For the United States, the European market would be profitable, they would have long ago filled up LNG, and in order for it to be profitable, Russia must be squeezed out. In the meantime, the Asian market is profitable.
  2. kartalovkolya Offline
    kartalovkolya 30 November 2019 13: 31
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    Gas supplies to Europe will be sorted out even without you, because it’s not in vain for such “gifted economists” V. Putin said that

    Over the sea, heifer is half, but transport is expensive!
    1. Ravshan Offline
      Ravshan (Jamsut) 30 November 2019 14: 01
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      Quote: kartalovkolya
      Gas supplies to Europe will be sorted out without you.

      Understand, do not hesitate. Soon you will see how to figure it out.
    2. Igor Pavlovich Offline
      Igor Pavlovich (Igor Pavlovich) 30 November 2019 18: 33
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      So Putin said this ??? And all my life I thought that this was a Russian proverb ... I’m not recognized how classical I am illiterate ...
  3. Warrior Offline
    Warrior 1 December 2019 00: 09
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    Since 2020, Russia will begin to sell its pipeline gas to China in huge quantities, and Japan and South Korea are also eager to receive Russian gas, so they are building LNG ports for their investments in Russia.
    European and African sources are already running out of gas in Europe - all hope is to increase the supply of cheap Russian pipeline gas, so there may not even be enough Turkish Stream and Nord Stream 1 and 2, maybe Russia and Europe will also build Nord Stream 3 and 4 ..
    1. Ravshan Offline
      Ravshan (Jamsut) 3 December 2019 16: 39
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      Quote: Warrior
      In 2020, Russia will begin to sell its pipeline gas to China in huge quantities.

      Yeah. Hold your pocket wider.
      China does not need Russian gas, and there is an excess of it in China.
      Therefore, this gas, if it is sold there, is extremely small and at very low prices.
      The power of Siberia will never pay off.

      Quote: Warrior
      and still very willing to receive Russian gas, Japan and South Korea

      Did you personally drop a request for deliveries to your mail?

      Quote: Warrior
      European and African sources are running out of gas in Europe - all hope is to increase supplies of cheap Russian pipeline gas

      Perhaps that is why they did not want the South Stream and do not want the North. stream 2.

      Quote: Warrior
      Turkish stream and Nord Stream 1 and 2 may not even be enough

      Of course of course. Especially considering the fact that in 2020 the United States intends to increase LNG supplies to Europe by 2 times, and Qatar by 1,5 times.

      Quote: Warrior
      perhaps Russia and Europe will build more Nord Stream 3 and 4 ..

      Europe you dragged in vain.
      But Gazprom, it is very likely, will continue to build gas pipelines.
      Gazprom is inevitably bankrupt in the long run, and for a couple of years there has been its derban.
      The durban of the right boys occurs through the construction of gas pipelines. Which are built only to raise the headstock on their construction. And never pay off.
  4. Marzhecki Offline
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 1 December 2019 08: 09
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    Quote: Ravshan
    For starters, American gas is not expensive at all.

    It is not expensive only in the USA. After liquefaction, delivery across the ocean and regasification, it becomes expensive.
    1. Ravshan Offline
      Ravshan (Jamsut) 1 December 2019 11: 55
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      Quote: Marzhetsky
      It is not expensive only in the USA. after liquefaction, delivery across the ocean and regasification, it becomes expensive.

      Take an interest in numbers. At what prices does Gazprom offer gas in Europe.
      And at what prices it is sold on European hubs.
      At the same time, gas exports to Europe from the United States will only increase, since now is only the beginning of this process.
      1. T. Henks Offline
        T. Henks (Igor) 3 December 2019 15: 06
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        Figures in the studio. Not everyone on the stock exchange is rubbing corn.