Biden Faces Dilemma Over Nord Stream 2, German Media Says

Last week, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican colleague Jim Risch urged President Joe Biden to enforce sanctions on Nord Stream 2 in order to impede its construction.

Berlin has created a dilemma for the Biden administration over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, journalist Daniel Brossler argued in an article for the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung.

According to him, although US President Joe Biden expressed willingness to improve relations with his German colleagues, Nord Stream 2-related disagreements remain a serious obstacle to such a rapprochement. 

“Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have repeatedly made it clear how much they care about bolstering the US’ ties with its allies, especially Germany, which were particularly badly treated by [former President Donald] Trump. However, the example of Nord Stream 2 shows how difficult it could be to flip the switch in practice”, the author noted.

In an apparent nod to the pipeline project, Brossler warned that the US president possibly “getting along” with the federal government may jeopardise consensus in one of the few areas where Democrats and Republicans share a common stance.

The author stressed that it remains unclear what Biden’s concessions may be, given Berlin’s irreconcilable position on the future of Nord Stream 2.

At the same time, the journalist insisted that Germany needs to seize the opportunity to expand its partnership with the US, and that success will mainly depend on “whether the German side makes an interesting offer”.

US Lawmakers Urge Biden to Enforce Sanctions to Impede Nord Stream 2 Construction

The remarks come after Republican Senator Jim Risch and his Democratic colleague Jeanne Shaheen issued a memo to Biden late last week, urging POTUS to fully implement the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA), which accuses Russia of using its “energy export pipelines to create national and regional dependencies on Russian energy supplies”.

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