Dissent in Europe and Washington The High Political Costs of Russia's New Pipeline to Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to meet the new U.S. president on Thursday, and one issue in particular is weighing on the visit: a new gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea that will deliver Russian gas to Germany. Berlin is seeking to make concessions in Washington to relieve tensions over the project.
U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel with advisers at the G-7 meeting in St Ives, England, in June: Some of the goodwill has been used up

U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel with advisers at the G-7 meeting in St Ives, England, in June: Some of the goodwill has been used up

Foto: GUIDO BERGMANN
DER SPIEGEL 28/2021
SPIEGEL International
The chancellor isn't providing any convincing reasons for her positions.
The negative sentiment stoked by the pipeline’s construction could diminish Germany’s influence in Europe.