In Germany: Europe is too weak and fragmented to withstand US pressure on Nord Stream 2

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The United States does not cease to threaten sanctions to anyone involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. And only Gerhard Schroeder calls for active opposition to American pressure and for the introduction of counter-sanctions against the United States.

This is written by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).



Former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has long been ignored as much as now. And although in Germany he is considered the lobbyist of the Kremlin, in matters relating to the new pipeline, the economic interests of Russia and Germany coincide.

The ex-Chancellor advocates the introduction of counter-sanctions against the United States, which threaten to increase sanctions pressure on Nord Stream 2. Of course, he defends not only the national interests of Germany, but also the corporate interests of Nord Stream 2 AG, where he holds the post of head of the Board of Management Companies.

All other German politicians and experts were unable to react in any way to the threats of the US Congress. The only thing they dared to do was timidly point out the need to "give a voice in response." This is how they describe the situation in FAZ.

Although Germany is the leader of Europe, it is not able to convince other EU countries to act together against American threats. Therefore, the United States, according to FAZ, will achieve its goals without meeting resistance from Europeans. After all, Europe is too weak and fragmented to resist the pressure of the United States on the same SP-2.
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  1. 0
    July 3 2020
    Although Germany is Europe's Leader
    Germany is an occupied country and will spin like a frying pan. And you want and it pricks ... Probably ours in vain chose Germany as a European hub. It was necessary to drag a pipe with a tap for France as well. Then they all would fight for competition there and the process went faster
    1. +7
      July 3 2020
      Quote: NDR-791
      It was necessary to drag a pipe with a tap for France as well. Then they all would fight for competition there and the process went faster

      On the way to France, in addition to the hollowed Denmark, there are still small but no less proud Holland (MH17, yeah) and Belgium. Germany was the closest.
      1. 0
        July 3 2020
        Gee laughing And they are vykobenivayutsya that did not go through them. We do not care who to sell. They dragged the pipe to the center of the Baltic Sea, and installed oceans with counters according to the number of Euro-wishers (and even for the same Denmark and Holland). Further, guys, themselves ... Who needs to be already with gas. And to whom "Uncle" does not order, he would continue to pick up his cap, only in splendid isolation. Although sad ... History, unfortunately, has no subjunctive mood
    2. +5
      July 3 2020
      Quote: NDR-791
      Although Germany is Europe's Leader
      Germany is an occupied country and will spin like a frying pan. And you want and it pricks ... Probably ours in vain chose Germany as a European hub. It was necessary to drag a pipe with a tap for France as well. Then they all would fight for competition there and the process went faster

      Yes, here that Germany, France alone rake and especially catch in this choice is nothing. In my opinion, it is nevertheless necessary to further develop the production of liquefied gas and gas-derived end products on our territory, and not spend money on laying gas pipelines to various countries of our continent. This is a costly and thankless task, and neither Germany nor Turkey nor China can be guarantors of compliance with contractual obligations between our countries in this matter, because not free from pressure from outside and primarily pursue their interests.
  2. +3
    July 3 2020
    Something has not been heard for a long time about the quick completion.
    Apparently, Germany and Gazprom are also being crushed.
  3. +1
    July 3 2020
    The EU was created to be a US colony. So all American "sanctions" are logical and consistent.
  4. +4
    July 3 2020
    Boring. Write what Gazprom owed the Poles 1,5 billion euros for, and how quickly it will give it back. And who is next in line in the "national heritage". Belarusians, for example, are not offended. Ukraine and Poland were given money, but the friends were squeezed.
    1. -2
      July 3 2020
      Quote: Hypatius
      They gave money to Ukraine and Poland, and squeezed to friends.

      Nope.
  5. +1
    July 3 2020
    It's not about Germany's weakness. The USA is the main consumer of German goods. The most important. The same China agreed to purchase, in addition, American goods worth 200 billion in two years.

    You can pull any number of flows, Germany depends on the United States, just as Russia depends on Germany and the European oil and gas markets.

    How to not execute sanctions? Everything is in dollars, and the main buyer of all goods in the world is the United States.
    1. -3
      July 3 2020
      And why should there be striped goods from around the world, if there are only more than 300 million of them, if there are 7 billion people on the ball. We must think that you write.
    2. 0
      July 3 2020
      Quote: Courier
      The USA is the main consumer of German goods.

      And even this is not the main thing, but finances and "evergreen".
      Remember the story about SWIFT, but it wasn’t quite enough to squeeze this organization and disconnect Russia from it.
      1. +1
        July 3 2020
        Quote: Kurare
        and disconnect Russia from it.

        You don't quite understand how it works. It is impossible to take, and "turn off Russia." This is not a switch on the shield.
        1. 0
          July 6 2020
          Quote: rzzz
          It is impossible to take, and "turn off Russia." This is not a switch on the shield.

          No, this is really not a switch on the shield. And at the same time, a similar SPFS system was created in Russia. And in China, by the way, too. And both were created in case banks were disconnected from SWIFT.
    3. 0
      July 4 2020
      Since America buys European goods, then it is profitable for it, so it will continue to buy, no matter what happens. Money comes first.
  6. +4
    July 3 2020
    The ex-chancellor advocates the introduction of counter-sanctions against the United States,

    I want to see it! But I think, if it happens, then not in this life .......
  7. +1
    July 3 2020
    Quote: NDR-791
    Although Germany is Europe's Leader
    Germany is an occupied country and will spin like a frying pan. And you want and it pricks ... Probably ours in vain chose Germany as a European hub. It was necessary to drag a pipe with a tap for France as well. Then they all would fight for competition there and the process went faster

    And what is France for? Germany, then yes, getting gas directly and, possibly, cheaper than through Ukraine, Belarus and Poland. And one more of levers of influence on the countries of Europe. And France is so far from the pipe.
  8. +4
    July 3 2020
    Quote: Pereira
    Something has not been heard for a long time about the quick completion.
    Apparently, Germany and Gazprom are also being crushed.

    There will be no quick completion. the Americans are crushing Germany. Do not doubt.
  9. -2
    July 3 2020
    "The Chancellor knows Vladimir Putin very well, she knows Russia well, speaks Russian well, and therefore she knows very well what the REAL hostility of Russia threatens. laughing
  10. +4
    July 3 2020
    The EU is not viable in fact, it’s such an ersatz of the union. The Union of Freeloaders of Germany, France, well, another 2-3 countries!
  11. 0
    July 3 2020
    Although Germany is the leader of Europe, it is not able to convince other EU countries to act together against American threats.

    The real military-political leader of the EU, France, is a nuclear force and a permanent member of the UN SS.
    There are already joint EU actions against the US - including on SP-2, on climate change, on epidemiology and so on. They will be more and more, but in the EU they are afraid that Russia will agree with the USA at their expense.
  12. +2
    July 3 2020
    Everything is simple. If anyone does not understand why Germany is sluggishly reacting to US sanctions on SP2, and Europe as a whole does not react at all.
    Schroeder is vitally interested - this is his direct money.
    Several German and European companies participating in SP2 are also interested in gas flowing through SP2, and not through Ukraine - they will receive profit from transit, not Ukraine.
    To a lesser extent, Germany is interested as a country; it will indirectly receive slightly more taxes and, possibly, gas will be slightly cheaper.
    Or maybe not.
    The rest of Europe doesn’t care whether gas will flow through Ukraine or through SP2
    This will hardly affect gas prices for them and they don’t see the point of quarreling over this with the Americans
  13. 0
    July 3 2020
    The completion of the stream is Putin’s private affair. Humble yourself.
  14. -1
    July 3 2020
    Dr. Kübler-Ross identified five stages of accepting the inevitable:

    Negation. Anger. Bargain. Depression. Adoption...

    It remains to calmly monitor the status of the client and record its transition from one stage to another. Bets on the current state and time to move to the next stage are not accepted, but welcome. laughing
  15. -1
    July 3 2020
    Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts commented as follows:

    “Some say that a systemic collapse has begun in the United States. In general, they are right, but the collapse began decades ago, and only a margin of strength and inertia allowed maintaining the image of a functioning system ... Now the liberal elite has declared war on the country's foundation - the founding fathers, the constitution , mathematics, science, English. All this now has signs of “racism.” It is already impossible to stop the collapse of the country at this stage - it is too late. The question is, who can survive it? "

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