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31.01.2019

Most Germany in favor of construction of the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2Only 16 percent of Germans think the second natural gas pipeline should be dispensed with

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The Baltic Sea has become a political issue. After all, another natural gas pipeline is currently being laid through the body of water from Russia directly to Germany in the shape of Nord Stream 2. The U.S. and several East European countries are trying to prevent this. 

The Germans are certain, however: Construction of the pipeline is a good decision. Even after sanction threats from Donald Trump against construction of the pipeline, 73 percent of all German citizens think it’s the right decision, as a survey carried out by the broadcasters RTL and N-TV showed. Only 16 percent of Germans think the second natural gas pipeline should be dispensed with. The question then, however, is whether energy needs in the coming years can be met in Germany alone through renewable energies. Only 29 percent believe that. Most German citizens (67 percent) conclude that it will be necessary to continue using conventional types of energy to ensure a secure energy supply. In this case, natural gas is the most cost-effective and cleanest solution. Only those who support the Green party deviate strongly from the general trend on this aspect, according to the survey: Half of the Green party voters believe that energy needs can be met in the future by renewable energies.

Only a few Germans (20 percent) share the view of the American President Donald Trump, that increased imports of natural gas from Russia pose a threat to Europe’s security and that Germany could be dependent on and controlled by Russia. 67 percent consider this to be unfounded according to the survey. German citizens are extremely skeptical about the latest threats of penalties and sanctions by the U.S. Ambassador Grenell. The citizens (91 percent) almost unanimously share the view that this is not the task of an Ambassador.

As a motive for Trump’s attempt to thwart Nord Stream, they suspect that it has more to do with the U.S. President wanting to sell more American liquefied natural gas to Europe. As many as 90 percent of all German citizens share that view across all age and voter groups.