Summary: Poland and Slovakia are the main champions of opposition towards the NS2 project, with reasons ranging from financial to energy security issues. As a response, both countries as well as the greater V4 region have started initiatives to reduce their reliance on Russian gas.
Summary The Danish permit for Nord Stream 2 is still pending. The Foreign Ministry could veto Nord Stream 2, since it passes through Danish territorial waters. Since Denmark has considerable own gas resources, it is not dependent on Russian gas. Denmark opposes to the pipeline due to security concerns and its solidarity with the Ukraine… Read More Denmark: “The Last Man Standing”… but how long can they keep this up?
This week, my focus has been on the UK’s position. Given that I have already conducted general background research, this post will focus primarily on the UK’s energy strategy. SUMMARY: The UK is opposed to the pipeline from a security perspective, and a desire to support Ukraine. They have voiced this publicly, though tactfully (given… Read More UK Perspectives
SUMMARY Slovenia, Romania, and Ukraine all oppose the Nord Stream 2 Project. Slovenia has stated that the Project diverges from EU’s principles on energy, hinders the gas market and divide the region. Romania states that it will lead to further dependency on Russia. Currently, Ukraine’s energy sector faces several critical issues and without the current… Read More Slovenia, Romania, Ukraine
tl;dr All Baltic countries oppose the construction of the NS2 project, due to distrust of Russia on the grounds of national and energy security, as well as wanting to diversify their energy supply. My task this week was to conduct further research into the Baltics states and V4 countries, and map out reasons for their… Read More Baltic Perspectives on Nord Stream 2
For the next two weeks my task will be to provide further research on the positions of the US and UK. This post focuses on the US perspective. SUMMARY: The US is opposed to the pipeline because Trump views LNG exports as an important pathway to reduce trade deficits (and energy exports positively affect his… Read More US Perspectives
For my portion of the initial background research on country and regional perspectives on the NS2 pipeline, I have looked into the positions of the following: Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, U.K., Ireland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. SUMMARY:Sweden and Finland are in principle opposed on ecological and security grounds, though they have both approved permits. Denmark is… Read More Perspectives on Nord Stream 2: Nordics, U.K., Ireland, Belgium & Luxembourg
tl;dr Both regional groups of the Baltics and the V4 states oppose the Nord Stream 2 project, carrying the views that the project is political and not economic, and have also denounced the project as a threat to European cohesion and security. A brief overview The two regions in the broader eastern European region that… Read More Eastern European Perspectives on Nord Stream 2