Germany is a vocal supporter of Nord Stream 2, a second pipeline proposed by Russia to be built under the Baltic Sea to deliver Russian natural gas to Germany. It will double the capacity of the existing Nord Stream 1 route, redirect gas away from Eastern and Central Europe, and eventually eliminate gas deliveries through Ukraine. Planned to begin operations in 2019, Nord Stream 2 casts a long shadow on the emerging LNG market, which should be the ultimate guarantor of European energy independence.
The Nord Stream 2 agreement, signed without consultation with EU partners and institutions, violates goals of EU energy policy, such as diversification, avoiding energy conflicts among member countries, ensuring that smaller EU countries have independent sources of supply, and promoting a common EU policy toward Russia and Ukraine.
I wonder how many German politicians come from East Germany? The most important one, Angela Merkel, is from East Germany. Perhaps that is why Germany always wants to be so friendly with Russia.
How East Germany Influences Modern-Day German Politics – SPIEGEL ONLINE
East Germany ceased to exist following the 1989 revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. But did the former communist country help shape today’s Germany? The answer is yes, and Chancellor Merkel is a big reason why.
But now, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is clear that this is not the whole story. The revolution also created the conditions for something new, a different Germany. The institutions haven’t changed and the West German economy continues to dominate, but something has also flowed in the opposite direction. Could it be that the Federal Republic of Germany, which has been gazing westward since 1949, has become more eastern in the last few years?
Quieter in Germany
Nothing has contributed more to this change than the chancellor from the east, Angela Merkel. She is a democrat and a champion of freedom, and she hasn’t created an expanded GDR. Nevertheless, there are aspects to the way she runs the country that are reminiscent of the former East Germany.
Angela Merkel’s unlikely journey from Communist East Germany to the Chancellorship | The Independent
The German leader, who marks 10 years in office this weekend, is hailed by some as the most powerful statesperson in the world today, says our acclaimed Berlin Correspondent Tony Paterson. But how did this reserved pastor’s daughter come to command the political stage? What will be her legacy in Germany and Europe? And can she survive the twin crises – an influx of refugees and a crumbling Eurozone – which threaten to tarnish her memory?