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MEPs call on Merkel to halt Nord Stream 2

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Several dozen MEPs from different European countries have appealed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to halt the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, which is opposed by Poland.

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In a joint open letter, the MEPs said that “Germany’s position on Nord Stream 2 runs counter to the goals of the European Energy Union.”

The 1,200-kilometre Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is scheduled for completion in 2019, is expected to supply around 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, circumventing Poland, the Baltic states and Ukraine.

The Eurodeputies said in their letter as posted by one of the signatories, German MEP Rebecca Harms, on her website that Nord Stream 2 “gives Russia additional strategic leverage over the EU because it increases the EU’s energy dependency” on that country.

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