German consumers not Russian captives – opinion
It is true that Russia is Germany’s biggest energy supplier but German consumers are not “captives”, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “To the dismay of climate politicians, an abundancy of oil, gas and coal is available,” writes Mihm. The increase of liquid natural gas (LNG) shipments made pipeline gas contracts “more flexible” and caused prices to drop. “Thus the theoretical blackmailing potential of a supply disruption also decreased,” writes Mihm.
Read the opinion piece in German here.
For background, read the news digest entry Trump lashes out at Nord Stream 2, says Germany is “totally controlled” by Russia and the CLEW factsheet Germany’s dependence on fossil imported fossil fuels.