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Gas for Europe

When completed, the Nord Stream pipeline will bring gas from Siberia to Western Europe along the Baltic Sea floor. The pipeline will bypass current transit countries in Eastern Europe -- what some fear will increase their dependence on Moscow.

A Lifeline for Nabucco? EU Cuts New Gas Deal with Azerbaijan

A Lifeline for Nabucco? EU Cuts New Gas Deal with Azerbaijan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2011

The European Union on Thursday signed a major gas deal with Azerbaijan, part of the bloc's efforts to wean itself from dependency on energy from Russia. Many hope the deal will save the EU-backed Nabucco pipeline project -- but Azerbaijan holds the trump card. more...

SPIEGEL Interview with Gazprom Chief Alexei Miller: 'We Are Only Serving Our Customers' Demand for Russian Gas'

SPIEGEL Interview with Gazprom Chief Alexei Miller: 'We Are Only Serving Our Customers' Demand for Russian Gas'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2011

Gazprom chairman Alexei Miller, 48, discusses the controversial link between oil and gas prices, the question of whether new pipelines to Europe can ever be profitable and his company's international image as the long arm of the Kremlin. more... Comment ]

A Stockholm Conspiracy: The Underbelly of Ukrainian Gas Dealings

A Stockholm Conspiracy: The Underbelly of Ukrainian Gas Dealings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 30, 2010

The agreement in early 2009 which restarted gas deliveries from Russia via Ukraine to Western Europe, was hailed as a success. But since Viktor Yanukovych became Ukrainian president in February, many of those involved in the deal have been arrested. Furthermore, the president's friends have profited handsomely while the state has lost a fortune. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Making Way for the Pipeline: A Treasure Trove in the Baltic Sea

Making Way for the Pipeline: A Treasure Trove in the Baltic Sea

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2010

While environmentalists are sharply opposed to the construction of the new Baltic Sea pipeline, archaeologists are delighted. The massive Nord Stream project to bring natural gas from Russia to Germany has uncovered dozens of shipwrecks and other historic artifacts. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]

Countdown on the Baltic Sea: Will Baby Herring and Conservationists Delay Russo-German Pipeline?

Countdown on the Baltic Sea: Will Baby Herring and Conservationists Delay Russo-German Pipeline?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2010

Preparations are fast taking shape for the construction of the controversial Nord Stream natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany this spring. But it still faces a legal challenge in Germany from environmentalists, and critics say the project could disrupt the spring spawning of the herring found in the western Baltic Sea. By Christoph Seidler in Rostock more...

Sunken Heritage: Pipeline Engineers Find Historic Shipwrecks in Baltic Sea

Sunken Heritage: Pipeline Engineers Find Historic Shipwrecks in Baltic Sea

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2010

Engineers surveying the Baltic Sea for a pipeline project have discovered several historic shipwrecks on the seabed, including an ancient Viking longboat and several ships from the 16th to 18th centuries. more...

Who Has the Longer Pipeline? The Eternal Rivalry of Joschka Fischer and Gerhard Schröder

Who Has the Longer Pipeline? The Eternal Rivalry of Joschka Fischer and Gerhard Schröder

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2010

They used to be the double act at the top of the German government. But now former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and ex-Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer are on opposing sides -- as lobbyists for two competing pipeline projects. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

The World From Berlin: On Nord Stream Pipeline, 'Germany Must Take a Selfish Stand'

The World From Berlin: On Nord Stream Pipeline, 'Germany Must Take a Selfish Stand'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2009

The Swedish and Finnish governments have finally consented to the construction of an ambitious new gas pipeline from Russia to Central Europe after years of opposition. German commentators welcome the removal of this last obstacle to the project but express reservations about Russian geopolitical ambitions. more...

Nord Stream Gets Go-Ahead: Denmark Approves Russian Baltic Pipeline

Nord Stream Gets Go-Ahead: Denmark Approves Russian Baltic Pipeline

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2009

The Danish Energy Agency approved Russia's controversial Nord Stream pipeline across the Baltic Sea on Tuesday. The line will deliver Russian natural gas to Western Europe but has drawn massive criticism from Eastern European countries who fear Moscow will use it as a political weapon. more...

The World From Berlin: New Energy Projects 'Not a Magic Bullet'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 14, 2009

Two major power projects got the go-ahead this week: the biggest solar energy project in the world and a politically challenging gas pipeline. Commentators were cautious with their praise, pointing out various difficulties with the plans and calling for a European-wide energy initiative. more...