Danish law draft and German coalition talks hurdles for Nord Stream 2
Opposition to the planned Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 is growing as Denmark drafts a new law that would allow the government to prevent the construction on the country’s continental shelf, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The Greens, a party highly critical of the project, are part of the upcoming government coalition talks in Germany, which could influence the German government’s stance in the future. Nord Stream 2’s spokesperson Ulrich Lissek said: “The fact of the matter is that it won’t work without more natural gas, in light of the agreed nuclear phase-out and the planned reduction of coal-fired power production.”
Read other CLEW news digest items about developments on the issue here. For background, read the CLEW dossier The Energiewende and its implications for international security and the CLEW factsheet Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.