The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project has already cost Europe too much, and the stakes for the EU’s security, credibility and independence are growing year by year, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday (13 September), appealing to Germany to abandon it.
The pipeline “explodes the EU’s energy policy from the inside,” Morawiecki wrote in an op-ed published on Sunday (13 September) for German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Poland, which imports most of the gas it consumes from Russia, has long opposed Nord Stream 2, arguing it would strengthen Russia’s already dominant position in the region’s gas market.
The underwater pipeline, designed to bring gas from Russia to Germany, is 90% complete and due to start operations next year.
“It makes Europe dependent on Russian gas supplies, providing a financial injection to Russian oligarchs,” Morawiecki wrote. “However, the most dangerous thing is that under the guise of economic cooperation, Russia gains influence on the behaviour of one of the most important economic and political partners of the EU and NATO – Germany.”
But German politicians have suggested they could withhold support after the suspected poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny now being treated in Germany.
“The only rational solution should be to close the implementation of the NS2 project. It is not only the voice of Poland, German politicians, led by Norbert Röttgen or Friedrich Merz, are of a similar opinion,” Morawiecki argued.
“The European Community is facing a great challenge again. We need courage and real leadership in Europe, not submission to Moscow’s aggressive actions,” he urged. (Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)