Is This the End of the German/Russian Love Affair?



By Sigrid Weidenweber

Not long ago, I wrote an article entitled “The Russian Pipeline and its Greatest Proponent,” concerning itself with the incestuous dealings of the German government and Putin’s Russia. You might remember from that article that the greatest proponent of this pipeline, designed to transfer liquid gas from Russia to Germany and countries in the region, was ex-German chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, the ex-leader of the strongly left-leaning SPD (Social Democratic Party.) Schroeder also was, and is, a great friend of Vladimir Putin’s and the greatest proponent of the pipeline.

Now, after Putin’s army has captured three of Ukraine’s ships and holds the crews of those ships hostage, international displeasure has rained upon the Nord-stream 2 project.  

On Friday December 7, 2018 a new report by Bojan Pancevsky in the Wall Street Journal brings the pipeline as a problem for the German government to the fore again. Mrs. Merkel, having lost the chancellorship, is trying to keep the project alive through her protégé` Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, whom she hopes will become her successor.

However, Karrenbauer, as well as two other politically savvy contenders for the chancellorship, declared already that Germany might have to reconsider the project. Russia’s aggressive stance and moves toward Ukraine does not bode well for this partnership project.

The call for review by the contenders for the chancellorship is well considered, for the Nord-stream 2 project is highly controversial. Every American president since Reagan declared this a political problematic undertaking, of whom the latest are President Obama and President Trump.

Of course, the SPD-Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (in German translated to Social Democratic Party in English), represented through Heiko Maas, foreign minister and representative of the left, is of the opinion that the work on Nord-stream 2 should go forward, as the project is well underway and the pipeline could be used as a leverage tool in negotiations with Russia. To that I would like to say, people better versed than I agree with me that to use the pipeline as a negotiating tool, once completed, is a pipe dream—for nothing so far has constrained Mr. Putin when he wants to do anything.

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weidenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weidenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.

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