“Nord Stream – a threat to European solidarity?”
The expansion of the gas pipeline Nord Stream, linking Germany and Russia via the Baltic Sea, angers Poland and the Baltic States as they fear Russia’s influence in Europe will be made stronger by the project, WirtschaftsWoche Online reports. “This is no way to create an effective energy union,” Polish president Andrezj Duda said. Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite also condemned the pipelines as “geopolitical projects” rather than economic investments, according to the website. Poland, which also fears losing the funds it receives as a transit country for Russian gas, could take recourse by asking the European Commission to halt the expansion of Nord Stream, Polish political analyst Zuzanna Nowak told WirtschaftsWoche Online.
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