Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has urged the German federal government to launch the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. A few days before Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced he was suspending the certification of the already completed Nordstream 2 pipeline.
Washington has lobbied for years for Germany to stop the pipeline, which is said to be due to concerns regarding closer economic ties between Germany and Russia. Washington sees the second pipeline as a threat to its influence over Germany, and its geo-strategic interests in Eurasia.
According to Schröder, opening the Nordstream 2 pipeline would be “the simplest solution” to the energy crisis, because if the gas shortages worsened, Germany would have to face “a whole new dimension of distribution battles”.
“The simplest solution would be to commission the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. She’s done,” said Schröder in an interview with “Stern” and “RTL/ntv”.
“If things get really tight, there is this pipeline, and with both Nord Stream pipelines there would be no supply problem for German industry and German households.”
Schröder said the German government must be prepared to face the consequences of not using the Nordstream 2 pipeline, which he said would be “huge”.
“If you don’t want to use Nord Stream 2, you have to bear the consequences. And they will also be huge in Germany,”
Schröder pointed out the energy crisis was making life “really tough” for Germans.
“It’s going to be really tough for a lot of people who have to reckon with every cent. And then people in Germany will ask: Why are we actually doing without the gas from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline? Why?”
He said that the reason for the increased energy prices was “quite simple”, and that if supply is reduced.
The former German chancellor warned that if the energy crisis worsened, and the Federal Network agency had to start rationing gas, then there would be a situation “like we’ve never had in Germany”, and entire industries would be “on the brink”.
“If BASF no longer gets gas, BASF has a big problem, but we Germans have a huge one.”
German Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock recently conceded that the energy crisis could lead to “popular uprisings”.