Christian Socialist (CSU) leader Manfred Weber urges Germany to act Europeanly rather than nationally on troubled foreign policy projects such as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
"In the future, Germany must discuss and decide more on European projects of this dimension in the European context. "Close coordination with EU partners and Western allies is essential to meet the challenges posed by the Russian or Chinese leadership. The US-German agreement reached is above all a message to the Russian leadership not to politically abuse the pipeline." said Weber in an interview which will be published in full in tomorrow's issue of the newspaper Die Welt.
"Ukraine should not be marginalized because of the pipeline. However, the (agreement) is mainly about limiting losses. The key decision on Nord Stream 2 remains to the detriment of Europe as a whole and of Ukraine. Without the services of former Social Democrat (SPD) Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to Putin, the pipeline would be unthinkable. "This is a heavy burden," said the Bavarian Christian Socialist politician.
Germany and the United States announced yesterday the agreement on Nord Stream 2, which is to settle the long-running dispute over the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. In it, Germany promises that, if necessary, it will take action against Russia if the gas pipeline is used by it to harm Ukraine or other Eastern European countries. The agreement also stipulates that Ukraine will receive, inter alia, compensation for the development of renewable energy sources.