News Digest Item
23 Jul 2018

New LNG terminal could weaken Trump's argument about German dependence on Russian gas – analysis


Plans to open a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein could weaken arguments about the country's dependence on Russian gas - a key criticism of US President Donald Trump, Klaus Stratmann writes in the Handelsblatt. Supported by both federal and state officials, the terminal would be Germany’s first. “The federal government would very much like for an LNG terminal to be established in Germany,” Norbert Brackmann, Christian Democratic (CDU) member of parliament and the government’s coordinator for maritime economy, told Handelsblatt. US President Donald Trump criticised Chancellor Angela Merkel at the NATO summit earlier this month for Germany’s alleged over-dependence on Russia for natural gas. According to the Schleswig-Holstein government, investment in the project totals 450 million euros.

Read the article in German here.

For background, read the news digest item Trump lashes out at Nord Stream 2, says Germany is “totally controlled” by Russia and the factsheet Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.

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