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Nord Stream 2 divides the West
Nord Stream 2 divides the West

Author(s): Agata Loskot-Strachota, Rafał Bajczuk, Szymon Kardaś
Subject(s): Energy and Environmental Studies, Economic policy
Published by: OSW Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Nord Stream 2
Summary/Abstract: In recent weeks the US has stepped up its campaign against the Nord Stream 2 project. Washington is putting pressure on Berlin to withdraw its support for the project, and is threatening to use increasingly powerful measures, including sanctions on European companies involved in the gas pipeline’s implementation. The growing dispute between the US and Germany over Nord Stream 2 has become an element of the broader controversy surrounding the project in the EU and is leading to deeper divisions between the member states. It has brought to the fore the differences in approaches to gas cooperation with Russia as well as approaches to the development of Russia’s strategic gas pipeline projects. While Germany, but also Austria, the Netherlands and a number of other countries, limit their approach to commercial issues, Poland, the Baltic States, Denmark and the US also see it as having security implications which do not only relate to energy. The conflict over Nord Stream 2 is also part of the game concerning the future shape of the gas market in Europe, and the roles played by individual external suppliers (mainly Russia, but also to an increasing extent the US) and companies such as Gazprom and its European partners. The Nord Stream 2 case has become a major challenge of the EU’s cohesion and its relations with the US and Russia.

  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: English