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Nord Stream 2: öppet brev till Merkel

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Dear Madam Chancellor,

We write to you and to your government regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline – a project that continues to be developed in full speed despite all the concerns voiced from many of Germany’s European neighbours and from European institutions.

Whatever the reasons behind Russia’s efforts to build Nord Stream 2, one thing is clear: Russia is not building this pipeline alone. Several European companies are cooperating with Gazprom for the project. But even more importantly, Nord Stream 2 would not be built without the consistent support that your governments, Madam Chancellor, have lent to it for many years. It is more than obvious that Nord Stream 2 would fall, wasn’t there the decision by the German government to ignore all opposition to this economic deal with far-reaching political implications. It might benefit a few, but it would have severe economic down-sides on a larger scale and very destructive and corrupting political consequences.

Time has come to call a spade a spade. Germany’s position on Nord Stream 2 runs counter to the goals of the European Energy Union. It antagonizes many of Germany’s partners because it leaves their interests unaddressed, and it gives Russia additional strategic leverage over the EU because it increases the EU’s energy dependency on Russia.
Your government, Madam Chancellor, is allowing a major rift between EU member countries to fester at a time when the EU needs cohesion more than ever before. Europe cannot afford this. Nor can Germany.

Germany, by relying for up to 80% of its gas supplies solely on Gazprom, would automatically reduce its own energy independence. The impact on the energy security of the EU would also be negative, with significant impacts beyond the realm of energy policy. Germany is ignoring the security concerns that countries around the Baltic, NATO and the United States of America have been warning against. Germany’s own security is obviously intimately connected to that of its neighbours and partners. Germany, by holding on to Nord Stream 2, would continue to act as a divider. Germany would act against the will of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the majority of the Council of the European Union.

We ask you, Madam Chancellor, that your government reconsiders and changes its policy on Nord Stream 2. Stop blocking the work on the Gas Directive. Support the course set by the European Commission and the European Parliament. Let Russia’s President know that Germany will stand by its EU partners and by Ukraine. Choose the European way, not the “Germany first” way. Just recently, the bitter British experience with Russian meddling has demonstrated amply, how important it is for affected parties to be able to rely on the solidarity of their partners.

The benefits of Nord Stream 2 would go to the Kremlin, to Gazprom and, maybe, to a few Western companies. The heavy political cost for completing Nord Stream 2 would fall on Germany’s shoulders. Is that in Germany’s interest? Does Germany live up to its European responsibility by putting some very particular interests above our shared European interest? You know, Madam Chancellor, that the answer to both questions is “No”.
Germany, by acting short-sightedly, would undermine the solidarity principle within the EU. That is the very principle on which the EU must be based, if it is to be successful. Your government is not following the right priorities, Madam Chancellor. Please, do change course!

Yours sincerely,

Petras Auštrevičius, MEP ALDE, Lithuania
Reinhard Bütikofer, MEP Greens/EFA, Germany
Rebecca Harms, MEP Greens/EFA, Germany
Laima Andrikienė, MEP EPP, Lithuania
Margarete Auken, MEP Greens/EFA, Denmark
Zigmantas Balčytis, MEP S&D, Lithuania
Bas Belder, MEP ECR, Netherlands
Bendt Bendtsen, MEP EPP, Sweden
Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, MEP S&D, Lithuania
Michał Boni, MEP EPP, Poland
Elmar Brok, MEP EPP, Germany
Michael Cramer, Greens/EFA, Germany
Ryszard Czarnecki, MEP ECR, Poland
Pascal Durand, MEP Greens/EFA France
Bas Eickhout, MEP Greens/EFA, Netherlands
José Inácio Faria, MEP EPP, Portugal
Fredrik Federley, MEP ALDE, Sweden
Michael Gahler, MEP EPP, Germany
Benedek Jávor, MEP Greens/EFA, Hungary
Eva Joly, MEP Greens/EFA, France
Sven Giegold, MEP Greens/EFA, Germany
Ana Maria Gomes, MEP S&D, Portugal
Igor Gräzin, MEP ALDE, Estonia
Theresa Griffin, MEP S&D, UK
Antanas Guoga, MEP EPP, Lithuania
Martin Häusling, MEP Greens/EFA, Germany
Hans-Olaf Henkel, MEP ECR, Germany
Maria Heubuch, MEP Greens/EFA, Germany
Gunnar Hökmark, MEP EPP, Sweden
Marek Jurek, MEP ECR, Poland
Karol Karski, MEP ECR, Poland
Tunne Kelam, MEP EPP, Estonia
Jeppe Kofod, MEP S&D, Denmark
Andrey Kovatchev, MEP EPP, Bulgaria
Zdzisław Krasnodębski, MEP ECR, Poland
Philippe Lamberts, MEP Greens/EFA, Belgium
Monica Macovei, MEP ECR, Romania
Svetoslav Malinov, MEP EPP, Bulgaria
Ramona Mănescu, MEP EPP, Romania
Florent Marcellesi, MEP Greens/EFA, Spain
Édouard Martin, MEP S&D, France
Valentinas Mazuronis, MEP ALDE, Lithuania
Tamás Meszerics, MEP Greens/EFA, Hungary
Tilly Metz, MEP Greens/EFA, Luxembourg
Ana Miranda, MEP Greens/EFA, Spain
Alessia Mosca, MEP S&D, Italy
Luděk Niedermayer MEP, EPP, Czech Republic
Urmas Paet, MEP ALDE, Estonia
Ivari Padar, MEP S&D, Estonia
Miroslav Poche, MEP S&D, Czech Republic
Jiří Pospíšil, MEP EPP, Czech Republic
Carolina Punset, MEP ALDE, Spain
Bronis Ropė, MEP Greens/EFA, Lithuania
Dariusz Rosati, MEP EPP, Poland
Algirdas Saudargas, MEP EPP, Lithuania
Molly Scott Cato, MEP Greens/EFA, UK
Monika Smolkova, MEP S&D, Slovakia
Bart Staes, MEP Greens/EFA, Belgium
Ivan Štefanec, MEP EPP, Slovakia
Jaromír Štětina, MEP EPP, Czech Republic
Richard Sulik, MEP ECR, Slovakia
Indrek Tarand, MEP Greens/EFA, Estonia
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, MEP ALDE, Spain
Helga Trüpel, MEP Greens/EFA, Germany
Monika Vana, MEP Greens/EFA, Austria
Anders Vistisen, MEP ECR, Denmark
Anna Zaborska, MEP EPP, Slovakia
Flavio Zanonato, MEP S&D, Italy
Roberts Zīle, MEP ECR, Latvia
Linas Balsys, MP Lithuanian Green Party, Lithuania
Lisa Badum, MP Greens, Germany
Annalena Baerbock, Co-Chair Greens, Germany
Matthias Gastel, MP Greens, Germany
Eugenijus Gentvilas, MP Liberals’ Movement, Lithuania
Katrin Göring-Eckardt, MP Greens, Germany
Anton Hofreiter, MP Greens, Germany
Michael Jungclaus, MP Brandenburg Greens, Germany
Marko Kaasik, Vice-Chairman Greens, Estonia
Marek Kossakowski, Co-Chair Greens, Poland
Sylvia Kotting-Uhl, MP Greens, Germany
Oliver Krischer, MP Greens, Germany
Vytautas Landsbergis, Former MEP, Former Chairman of Seimas, Lithuania
Claudia Müller, MP Greens, Germany
Ingrid Nestle, MP Greens, Germany
Omid Nouripour, MP Greens, Germany
Pia Olsen Dyhr, Party Leader Greens (SF), Denmark
Manuel Sarrazin, MP Greens, Germany
Heide Schinowsky, MP Brandenburg, Greens, Germany
Małgorzata Tracz, Co-Chair Greens, Poland
Axel Vogel, MP Brandenburg Greens, Germany