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Germany's Merkel seeks to calm Poland's Nord Stream 2 fears

CommoditiesSep 11, 2021 10:51AM ET
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By Alicja Ptak and Madeline Chambers

WARSAW (Reuters) -German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to soothe fears over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on Saturday, on a farewell visit to Poland during which she also struck a conciliatory tone on Warsaw's conflict with the European Union over judicial reforms.

As Merkel's time as Chancellor draws to a close, the issue of the pipeline from Russia has soured relations with central and eastern European nations, some of them EU members, who say it will increase the bloc's dependence on Russian gas and could be used by Moscow to exert pressure.

Russia's Gazprom (MCX:GAZP) said on Friday it had finished construction of the pipeline, located in the Baltic Sea, which could allow it to bypass political foe Ukraine, cutting off a source of billions of dollars in gas transit fees for Kyiv.

Russia's five-year gas transit deal with Ukraine expires after 2024. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Ukraine must show goodwill if it wants to continue.

"I made clear that it is our concern that Ukraine will remain a transit land for Russian gas," Merkel said during a joint press conference with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Morawiecki said making sure gas still transits through Ukraine despite the introduction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will lower the chance of "blackmail" from Russia.

RULE OF LAW

Poland and Hungary are embroiled in a long-running row with the European Union over issues including judicial independence, press freedoms and LGBT rights, a dispute that has intensified with Brussels taking legal action against Warsaw and Budapest.

The European Commission, the EU executive, has asked the bloc's top court to fine Poland over the activities of a judges' disciplinary chamber.

Merkel has faced criticism that she could have done more to stop democratic backsliding in the east of the European Union during her time in office. On Saturday, she kept the emphasis on finding consensus.

"On rule of law, we talked in depth about this.. We prefer this to be resolved through talks," she said.

"Resolving things with court cases is of course always a possibility in a country with a rule of law but politics is about more than going to court."

Germany's Merkel seeks to calm Poland's Nord Stream 2 fears
 

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Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Sep 11, 2021 1:55PM ET
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As an American, what’s it like to have a leader? We had a degenerate con artist, and now we have a stage 5 parkinsons patient.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 11, 2021 12:56PM ET
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Open Society Aka Soros orchestrating EU to be social justice warriors with open borders no rule of law
Ominous Owl
Ominous Owl Sep 11, 2021 12:56PM ET
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The snake is eating its own tail.
Rob Banks
Rob Banks Sep 11, 2021 12:56PM ET
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Whaling Trawler Sep 11, 2021 12:27PM ET
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people like that merkel awaken the sleeping giant in the Eurpoean people
Whaling Trawler
Whaling Trawler Sep 11, 2021 12:27PM ET
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"European" people. Had to fix that.
New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Sep 11, 2021 11:49AM ET
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This old fool inflicted irreparable damage on own country, neighboring countries suffered less from her, by comparison only.
Lasse Jørgensen
Lasse Jørgensen Sep 11, 2021 11:47AM ET
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Merkel did a good job. Almost as good as ****..
Ominous Owl
Ominous Owl Sep 11, 2021 4:46AM ET
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Either you protect your own people or you do not. She didn't protect her own people. Period. Any leader, a good leader must adhere to its people. If outside world is burning, IF ONLY your own people continue to remain safe, one must continue to offer help. Europe is lost to liberal blackmailing. Since liberals lack spine, it's just about time they crumble under the pressure of those who KNOW how to protect their own people & also to do more for them. It will unfold smoothly.
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Silence Dogood Sep 11, 2021 3:25AM ET
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Merkel is a traitor who has ruined Germany. Women can't walk alone there. The standard of living has been demolished. She is belongs in jail.
Lukas Nowak
Lukas Nowak Sep 11, 2021 2:56AM ET
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sponser Russion power and then complain how it grew in power which we should protect ourselves from, yet again money talks not principals Poland stays strong because they do not lose their pride. atrical as usual written agaisnt right wing
Lars Hellman
LarsH Sep 11, 2021 2:48AM ET
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Germany need N2, no gas no future.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Sep 11, 2021 2:48AM ET
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Plenty of gas elsewhere that doesn’t support a radical and murderous regime..
Kelly Pham
Kelly Pham Sep 10, 2021 8:37PM ET
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A kind woman who always seek a good and harmounious relation with all nations to avoid conflicts. She is the best leader in Europe. I think North Stream 2 is a good project for every European nation but some anti Russia nation including the US, the UK, Poland and Ukraine are trying to prevent it for their own political and econonmic dirty goals. Their actions are against free trade and only harm EU's interests.
Marcin li
Marcin li Sep 10, 2021 8:37PM ET
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It's hard to make good deal if some ex-minister is dancing with Putin at the wedding lol
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 10, 2021 8:37PM ET
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Sometimes you have to take on conflict to protect your people Merkel just let the borders open
Steffen vdm
Steffen vdm Sep 10, 2021 8:37PM ET
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Avoiding conflict doesn't mean you have to bow down to everyone. That's the problem with all western European countries
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers Sep 10, 2021 8:06PM ET
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am German, not very happy with Angie, but Scholz is far worse.. a real socialist.. higher taxes and much less freedom.. am glad to be home in the US after 2 years taking care of my mom over there..
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milena villa escobar Sep 10, 2021 8:06PM ET
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Sounds like you went from the frying pan to the fire
Jose Maderno
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Reuters again harping on Poland and Hungary cause they don't like countries that value morals, free and honest journalists, or true freedom.   Reuters shows these countries are backward by stating "Russia, the cornerstone of the Soviet Union that once dominated central and eastern Europe, is still viewed in much of the region with suspicion."  Wow, I wonder if the Berlin wall and stealing Crimea had anything to do with that?  Nah... backward peasants....
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Any EU countries that reject Soros Open Society Foundations bad policies are ostracized
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Jokers R Us Sep 10, 2021 7:18PM ET
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Charge her with treason
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Lock her up
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milena villa escobar Biden, Pelosi, Harris, Sandy Cortez and the Ugly Squad. First!
 
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