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Nord Stream 2: Energy Infrastructure for the Future?

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The history of Nord Stream 2 stretches back to the summer of 2015…

…when the construction of  another gas pipeline between Germany and Russia was agreed upon. Ever since, it has been debated time and time again, and has managed to go down in history as one of the most controversial energy projects of the modern age. Right now, following the poisoning of the leader of Russian opposition Alexei Navalny, another set of heated debates have broken out.

Politicians and environmentalists throughout Europe and the USA are now objecting to the finalization of the nearly completed (94%) project. Environmentalists are against the project because of the obvious reason that it further worsens the ongoing climate emergency. European politicians are questioning the Nord Stream 2 on the grounds of European dependency from Russian energy, which has been, and remains to be, a widely debated issue. Germany, however, is in favour of finishing the project- but the German public opinion turned even more against it following the poisoning of Navalny. As a reaction to this, Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany, warned Russia stating “…do not force us to change our position on Nord Stream.”

This event also sparked strong reactions outside of Europe: with the USA recently threatening to introduce sanctions on a small German poll, where the Nord Stream 2 project is supposed to be finalized. This of course resulted in German indignation, with Heiko Maas expressing strong displeasure over the news.

— Lili Szentkiralyi is a Business and Economics Major at Corvinus University of Budapest, with special interests in sustainability in economic and development policy —