The gas pipeline that Germany wants but not Europe?
At the heart of the problem is Germany’s dependence on gas for its manufacturing sector and its four main industries – automotive, mechanical, chemical and electrical.
Germany is trying to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and aims to end coal-fired power generation by 2038.
In addition, renewable sources are used for around 50% of electricity production in Germany. But during the winter, when there is a lack of sun and wind, gas is needed to meet the higher demand for energy (for heating, etc.).
It is therefore not surprising that Germany strongly supports this pipeline, as evidenced by its actions. Despite the controversy surrounding the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Merkel continued to push construction of the pipeline forward.
To reduce the severity of US sanctions against companies contributing to Nord Stream 2, the government of a rural German state through which the pipeline will cross has created a foundation to help with its construction, citing “climate protection” , The Economist reported.
Moreover, Merkel even called Putin in July this year to discuss the completion of the pipeline, after which the Kremlin issued a statement on Putin praising “the unwavering loyalty of the German side regarding the completion of this purely commercial project. which aims to strengthen the energy of Germany’s security, “added Politics.