The new German authorities are unlikely to oppose the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline if the current favorites, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), win the elections to the Bundestag. Kirill Rodionov, an expert from the Institute for the Development of Technologies of the Fuel and Energy Complex, said this on Saturday, September 25.
According to him, the leadership of the Social Democrats is largely due to the figure of Olaf Scholz, the current Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Finance, who previously expressed confidence that the SP-2 will be completed.
“In this regard, Scholz is unlikely to oppose the pipeline certification process that has already begun, even if the Greens are included in the ruling coalition <...> Even if the ruling coalition changes, Germany is unlikely to abandon Nord Stream 2, – quotes “RIA Novosti” the words of an expert.
Rodionov added that SP-2 is objectively beneficial for Germany. If only half of the pipeline’s capacity is used, more than 40% of Gazprom’s exports to non-CIS countries will come through Germany. This will make Germany an important European transit hub, the specialist concluded.
On September 24, candidate for Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from the bloc of the Christian Democratic and Christian Social Unions Armin Laschet expressed support for the commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. At the same time, he stressed the need for “geopolitical guarantees” that the gas pipeline will not have a negative impact on Ukraine.
German Chancellor candidate from the Union 90 / Greens party Annalena Berbock said earlier that Russia is currently “reluctant” to supply gas to Europe in order to increase political pressure and quickly launch the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Stefan Kotrets, a member of the Bundestag Energy Committee from the Alternative for Germany party, in turn told Izvestia that it was the German government, not Russia, that was using the topic of gas as a political weapon. According to him, if the FRG authorities actively opposed the US sanctions policy towards the SP-2, as well as against the “subordination” of the gas pipeline to the EU directive on the gas market, the country would have a more reliable gas supply.
Nord Stream 2 was built from Russia to Germany along the Baltic seabed with the aim of direct gas supplies to Europe. The EU countries mainly support the project and participate in its implementation. The Baltic states, Poland, the USA and Ukraine are opposed.
On September 26, parliamentary elections will take place in Germany. Chancellor since 2005, Angela Merkel decided not to run for office in 2021. The winning party will have the opportunity to appoint a chancellor or form a government, most likely in coalition with other political forces. The CDU candidate for Chancellor is Laschet, the Greens – Annalena Berbock, and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) – Olaf Scholz.