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G20. Il cuoco servirà cosciotti Merkel mit bratkartoffeln.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-06-23.

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Chi avesse sottovalutato la portata delle tre righe fatte scrivere dal Presidente Trump avrebbe sbagliato di grosso.

Sul Nord Stream 2, gestito dalla Macron & Merkel Masonry Ldt si stanno addensando nuvole minacciose.

Adesso anche i paesi membri dell’Unione Europea iniziano a brontolare a voce sempre più elevata.

Trump. Sanzioni contro la Russia che massacrano Francia e Germania.

Macron & Merkel Masonry Ldt sulla graticola di Mr Trump.

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In sintesi estrema.

La Macron & Merkel Masonry Ldt ha levato urla raccapriccianti perché Mr Trump ha ritirato gli Usa dall’Accordo di Parigi, ergendosi a paladini dell’ecologismo nudo e puro, senza alcun compromesso. Poi stanno costruendo il Nord Stream 2, che importa direttamente gas dalla Russia alla Germania. Gas sommamente inquinante, un generatore di Co2 che avvelena ed avvelenerà l’intera umanità. Accordo di Parigi? Mai sentito nominare. Sono gli altri paesi del’Unione Europea che devono rispettarlo, mica la Germania e la Francia! Mai studiata la teoria del superuomo?

Non solo. Il Nord Stream 2 indica la volontà di bruciare gas a tutta manetta, e delle alternative cosa ne facciamo? Le teniamo come icone a vestigia del passato che non divenne futuro?

La Germania dipenderà così per trenta anni dal gas russo. Trenta anni passano in fretta.

Sanzioni? Ma non fu il buon tedesco Herr Bethmann-Hollweg a dire che “i trattati non sono che stracci di carta“.

Le sanzioni le applichino gli altri: la Germania di Frau Merkel e la Francia di Mr Macron sanno benissimo come fare a regolarsi. Valgono se ci si guadagna, si caccian via se si può guadagnare di più.

Omofobo chi si opponesse!

E che dice la nostra ineffabile Frau Merkel? [Abc News]

«German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the United States is “an important part” of the Group of 20 summit, which her country is hosting next month, and that “they will be most welcome by the German government despite all differences in opinion.”

Despite the warm words, Merkel, who was speaking at a pre-summit event in Hamburg on Monday, nonetheless renewed her criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, which she called a “bitter blow.”

Merkel and Trump have had an uneasy relationship since Trump took office in January.

The chancellor has criticized several of Trump’s policy decisions including his project to build a wall against immigrants on the U.S.’s southern border. Trump on the other hand, has condemned Germany for its export-driven economy and for taking in so many migrants in 2015.»

Ma mente. Giuda a suo confronto è un uomo di parola, affidabile.

Leggete un po’ cosa riporta il Deutsche Welle:

«Threatening European firms also active in the US with sanctions if they participated in Nord Stream 2 injected “a completely new, and very negative dimension into European-American relations»

Il Nord Stream 2 è solo una bruschetta, un briciolotto. Il business colpito è quelle delle ditte franco-tedesche negli Stati Uniti e, per estensione, nel mondo.

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«we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands» [Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel – NYT]

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«really take our fate into our own hands.» [Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel – NYT]

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«I believe that climate change is certainly caused by humans» [Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel – Ccn]

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«The Paris deal isn’t just any other deal. It is a key agreement that shapes today’s globalization» [Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel]

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A queste frasi lapidee della Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel ha fatto eco la voce tonante di Mr Macron:

«Make our planet great again» [Emmanuel Macron – Cnn]

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Gelido il commento di Mr Putin

«the Russian leader suggested that the Europeans had “bosses” in Washington whom they couldn’t disobey — not the right note to strike as Europe seeks to bolster its global role.» [Mr Putin – Bloomberg]

Ma anche il commento del The Guardian non scherza affatto:

Angela Merkel strikes deal with German states to put brakes on green energy

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«The US Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday (15 June) for legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia and force President Donald Trump to get Congress’ approval before easing any existing sanctions on Russia.»

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«In a move that could complicate Donald Trump’s desire for warmer relations with Moscow, the Senate backed the measure by 98-2. Republican Senator Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, were the only two “no” votes.»

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«If the measure became law, it could complicate relations with some countries in Europe. Germany and Austria said the new punitive measures could expose European companies involved in projects in Russia to fines. This could include the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.»

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«The German chancellor is being assailed left, right, and center inside and outside her country for her (slowly modified) open-door policy toward refugees. Many of the 28 EU countries have already closed their borders, refusing to provide safety for the millions fleeing the wars in Syria and Iraq.»

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«It’s not only Merkel’s policy on refugees that has alienated her European allies. Increasingly, there is growing resentment from Italy, Poland, the Baltic states, Ukraine, and Central European countries about Berlin’s determination to build Nord Stream 2. Germany should walk away the project, they say.»

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«The Russian-German project also involves three other energy companies: France’s Engie, the Netherlands’ Royal Dutch Shell, and Austria’s OMV»

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«Nord Stream 2 has become so controversial for its opponents because it runs contrary to Merkel’s policy toward Russia in addition to undermining the EU’s energy policy»

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«what Nord Stream 2 confirms is that national interests take precedence over—or certainly undermine—a common EU policy on energy security and efforts to establish an EU energy union.»

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«Merkel’s support for Nord Stream is particularly puzzling. She has been the one European leader who has consistently taken a tough stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was she who pushed the EU member states to impose sanctions on Russia»

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«That support has won her few friends. It has provided Poland’s new nationalist-conservative government with further reasons to criticize Berlin, if not encourage an anti-German policy»

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«Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has also joined the chorus of opposition, going so far as to accuse Germany of double standards. After all, Italy’s ENI energy company was all set to build South Stream with Gazprom.»

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«Renzi is now questioning why the commission won’t stop Nord Stream 2, just as it did South Stream. He has also directly criticized Germany for defending Nord Stream and for having opposed South Stream»

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«Increased imports of Russian gas in combination with increased investment from Gazprom in German gas infrastructure would also translate into bigger German dependence on Russian gas»

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«Gazprom’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Alexander Medvedev commented yesterday that the proposed US sanctions are aimed at boosting liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the US to Europe.»

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Vedremo come Mr Macron e Frau Merkel cercheranno di rabberciare le cose.

Tuttavia queste contraddizioni non son cosa lieve.

Il prossimo G20 di Amburgo si preannuncia essere tutto un programma.

Nota.

Engie. I casi della vita. Il Ceo è Mrs Isabelle Kocher, «Between 1999 and 2002, she worked as industrial affairs advisor at the French Prime minister office (Lionel Jospin).» Cosa socialista, cosa nostra. E chi conosce nell’ufficio del primo ministro? Ma no! Il n’est pas possible!


Carnegie Europe. 2017-01-25. Germany, Dump Nord Stream 2

German Chancellor Angela Merkel needs more allies, not opponents, in the EU. Abandoning a second Russian-German gas pipeline could help.

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As if things weren’t bad enough for Angela Merkel. The German chancellor is being assailed left, right, and center inside and outside her country for her (slowly modified) open-door policy toward refugees. Many of the 28 EU countries have already closed their borders, refusing to provide safety for the millions fleeing the wars in Syria and Iraq.

It’s not only Merkel’s policy on refugees that has alienated her European allies. Increasingly, there is growing resentment from Italy, Poland, the Baltic states, Ukraine, and Central European countries about Berlin’s determination to build Nord Stream 2. Germany should walk away the project, they say.

Nord Stream 2 is a second pipeline that is being built by Russian energy giant Gazprom and Germany’s BASF and E.ON energy companies. It will run in parallel to the first Nord Stream pipeline, which was completed in 2011 and sends gas under the Baltic Sea directly from Russia to Germany. In doing so, the pipeline weakens Ukraine’s role as the major transit country for Russian gas exports to Europe.

The Russian-German project also involves three other energy companies: France’s Engie, the Netherlands’ Royal Dutch Shell, and Austria’s OMV.

Nord Stream 2 has become so controversial for its opponents because it runs contrary to Merkel’s policy toward Russia in addition to undermining the EU’s energy policy. Indeed, what Nord Stream 2 confirms is that national interests take precedence over—or certainly undermine—a common EU policy on energy security and efforts to establish an EU energy union.

Merkel’s support for Nord Stream is particularly puzzling. She has been the one European leader who has consistently taken a tough stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was she who pushed the EU member states to impose sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and its subsequent invasion of eastern Ukraine.

It was she who, along with the Russian, Ukrainian, and French leaders, negotiated the Minsk accords aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Above all, it has been Merkel who has turned away from Germany’s Ostpolitik, or Eastern policy. Successive German leaders had pursued this strategy of rapprochement with Russia believing it would stabilize Europe and nudge Russia toward modernization. Merkel has had no illusions about either goal, which is why she didn’t pursue Ostpolitik, which is still cherished by some of her Social Democrat coalition partners. Yet her unstinting support for Nord Stream contradicts her policy toward Russia.

That support has won her few friends. It has provided Poland’s new nationalist-conservative government with further reasons to criticize Berlin, if not encourage an anti-German policy. For Poland’s governing Law and Justice party, Nord Stream not only denies Poland and Ukraine transit fees for sending Russian gas to Europe. Warsaw also sees Nord Stream as representing a German-Russian alliance at the expense of Poland, Ukraine, and other countries in the region.

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has also joined the chorus of opposition, going so far as to accuse Germany of double standards. After all, Italy’s ENI energy company was all set to build South Stream with Gazprom. That project, consisting of a gas pipeline under the Black Sea, would have given Russia the great prize of establishing a strong foothold in Southeastern Europe.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive, thwarted such ambitions. It argued that South Stream could go ahead only if it complied with the EU’s Third Energy Package and the EU’s energy liberalization policies, which stipulate that access to pipelines must be opened to third parties. Had Gazprom complied, South Stream would have lost its raison d’être. Russia abandoned the project.

Renzi is now questioning why the commission won’t stop Nord Stream 2, just as it did South Stream. He has also directly criticized Germany for defending Nord Stream and for having opposed South Stream.

As for those countries that want the EU to have an energy policy based on security, diversification, and liberalization, German support for Nord Stream undermines those very policies.

Nord Stream 2 would make Germany more dependent on Russian energy. “Increased imports of Russian gas in combination with increased investment from Gazprom in German gas infrastructure would also translate into bigger German dependence on Russian gas,” argues energy expert Agata Łoskot-Strachota in a recent paper on the issue.

Nord Stream 2 would also strengthen Gazprom’s position and leverage on the Northwestern European market in addition to hindering diversification of sources of supply, “which in the longer term could enable Russia to increase its prices again,” she adds.

Above all, Nord Stream 2 would hinder the development of a cohesive EU policy on Russia—one that Merkel managed to build during the Ukraine crisis. For all that, she is not prepared to dump a pipeline that is undermining such cohesion.


Euractiv. 2017-06-17. New US sanctions threaten EU firms involved in Nord Stream 2

The US Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday (15 June) for legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia and force President Donald Trump to get Congress’ approval before easing any existing sanctions on Russia.

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In a move that could complicate Donald Trump’s desire for warmer relations with Moscow, the Senate backed the measure by 98-2. Republican Senator Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, were the only two “no” votes.

The measure is intended to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 US election, its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and support for Syria’s government in the six-year-long civil war.

If passed in the House of Representatives and signed into law by Trump, it would put into law sanctions previously established via former President Barack Obama’s executive orders, including some on Russian energy projects. The legislation also allows new sanctions on Russian mining, metals, shipping and railways and targets Russians guilty of conducting cyber attacks and supplying weapons to Syria’s government.

If the measure became law, it could complicate relations with some countries in Europe. Germany and Austria said the new punitive measures could expose European companies involved in projects in Russia to fines. This could include the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

The US Senate said it was the policy of the United States to continue to oppose Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, saying it would have a detrimental impact on the European Union’s energy security, gas market development in Central and Eastern Europe and energy reforms in Ukraine.

Gazprom and its European partners are pushing ahead with the plans to double the capacity of the existing Nord Stream undersea gas pipeline to Europe from Russia as Moscow seeks to diversify its energy supplies and bypass Ukraine. The European Commission is trying to mediate between member states in favour and against Nord Steam 2.

Merkel sees no role for the Commission

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday she saw no need for a separate mandate for the Commission to negotiate with Russia over Nord Stream 2.

“I think some legal questions need to be clarified in relation to Nord Stream 2,” Merkel told a news conference with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas. “Otherwise it is an economic project and I don’t think we need an extra mandate for it.”

Gazprom reacts

Gazprom’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Alexander Medvedev commented yesterday that the proposed US sanctions are aimed at boosting liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the US to Europe.

“As far as the implementation of the sanctions is concerned, they don’t conceal that this is aimed at ensuring American LNG to Europe,” Interfax quoted Medvedev as saying.

The United States is eyeing new markets for its LNG exports, including Europe. Gazprom so far has dismissed the potential impact from the US proposal on its business in Europe, where it accounts for a third of gas supplies, saying that high transportation costs make US LNG too expensive.

Medvedev also said he hoped that US President Donald Trump will not approve the new sanctions.

“Let’s hope that, first of all, the draft law has not been passed yet; without the president’s signature it cannot become law,” he was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Germany and Austria on Thursday also censured the US Senate for approving the new sanctions on Russia, saying they expose European companies involved in Russian energy projects to fines for breaching US law.

Medvedev said that Gazprom has already received more than €1 billion from its partners for Nord Stream 2 financing.

In April Uniper, Wintershall, Shell , OMV and Engie agreed to each loan 10% of the cost of the venture, or up to €950 million each.

Gazprom will shoulder 50% of the cost of the 55 billion cubic metre pipeline, which is due to start operating in 2019.

 

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