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Germany Pulls Rank on Macron and American Energy Blackmail

Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


It was billed politely as a Franco-German “compromise” when the EU balked at adopting a Gas Directive which would have undermined the Nord Stream 2 project with Russia.

Nevertheless, diplomatic rhetoric aside, Berlin’s blocking last week of a bid by French President Emmanuel Macron to impose tougher regulations on the Nord Stream 2 gas project was without doubt a firm rebuff to Paris.

Macron wanted to give the EU administration in Brussels greater control over the new pipeline running from Russia to Germany. But in the end the so-called “compromise” was a rejection of Macron’s proposal, reaffirming Germany in the lead role of implementing the Nord Stream 2 route, along with Russia.

The $11-billion, 1,200 kilometer pipeline is due to become operational at the end of this year. Stretching from Russian mainland under the Baltic Sea, it will double the natural gas supply from Russia to Germany. The Berlin government and German industry view the project as a vital boost to the country’s ever-robust economy. Gas supplies will also be distributed from Germany to other European states. Consumers stand to gain from lower prices for heating homes and businesses.

Thus Macron’s belated bizarre meddling was rebuffed by Berlin. A rebuff was given too to the stepped-up pressure from Washington for the Nord Stream 2 project to be cancelled. Last week, US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and two other American envoys wrote an op-ed for Deutsche Welle in which they accused Russia of trying to use “energy blackmail” over Europe’s geopolitics.

Why France’s Macron, at the last minute, attempted to undermine the project by placing stiffer regulations is a curious question. Those extra regulations if they had been imposed would have potentially made the Russian gas supply more expensive. As it turns out, the project will now go-ahead without onerous restrictions.

In short, Macron and the spoiling tactics of Washington, along with EU states hostile to Russia, Poland and the Baltic countries, have been put in their place by Germany and its assertion of national interests of securing economical and abundant gas supply from Russia. Other EU member states that backed Berlin over Nord Stream 2 were Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands.

Washington’s claims that Nord Stream 2 would give Russia leverage of Europe’s security have been echoed by Poland and the Baltic states. Poland, and non-EU Ukraine, stand to lose out billions of dollars-worth of transit fees. Such a move, however, is the prerogative of Germany and Russia to find a more economical mode of supply. Besides, what right has Ukraine to make demands on a bilateral matter that is none of its business? Kiev’s previous bad faith over not paying gas bills to Russia disbars it from reasonable opinion.

Another factor is the inherent Russophobia of Polish and Baltic politicians who view everything concerning Russia through a prism of paranoia.

For the Americans, it is obviously a blatant case of seeking to sell their own much more expensive natural gas to Europe’s giant energy market – in place of Russia’s product. Based on objective market figures, Russia is the most competitive supplier to Europe. The Americans are therefore trying to snatch a strategic business through foul means of propaganda and political pressure. Ironically, the US German ambassador Richard Grenell and the other American envoys wrote in their recent oped: “Europe must retain control of its energy security.”

Last month, Grenell threatened German and European firms involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 that they could face punitive American sanctions in the future. Evidently, it is the US side that is using “blackmail” to coerce others into submission, not Russia.

Back to Macron. What was he up to in his belated spoiling tactics over Nord Stream 2 and in particular the attempted problems being leveled for Germany if the extra regulations had been imposed?

It seems implausible that Macron was suddenly finding a concern for Poland and the Baltic states in their paranoia over alleged Russian invasion.

Was Macron trying to garner favors from the Trump administration? His initial obsequious rapport with Trump has since faded from the early days of Macron’s presidency in 2017. By doing Washington’s bidding to undermine the Nord Stream 2 project was Macron trying to ingratiate himself again?

The contradictions regarding Macron are replete. He is supposed to be a champion of “ecological causes”. A major factor in Germany’s desire for the Nord Stream 2 project is that the increased gas supply will reduce the European powerhouse’s dependence on dirty fuels of coal, oil and nuclear power. By throwing up regulatory barriers, Macron is making it harder for Germany and Europe to move to cleaner sources of energy that the Russian natural gas represents.

Also, if Macron had succeeded in imposing tougher regulations on the Nord Stream 2 project it would have inevitably increased the costs to consumers for gas bills. This is at a time when his government is being assailed by nationwide Yellow Vest protests over soaring living costs, in particular fuel-price hikes.

A possible factor in Macron’s sabotage bid in Germany’s Nord Stream 2 plans was his chagrin over Berlin’s rejection of his much-vaunted reform agenda for the Eurozone bloc within the EU. Despite Macron’s very public amity with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Berlin has continually knocked back the French leader’s ambitions for reform.

It’s hard to discern what are the real objectives of Macron’s reforms. But they seem to constitute a “banker’s charter”. Many eminent German economists have lambasted his plans, which they say will give more taxpayer-funded bailouts to insolvent banks. They say Macron is trying to move the EU further away from the social-market economy than the bloc already has moved.

What Macron, an ex-Rothschild banker, appears to be striving for is a replication of his pro-rich, anti-worker policies that he is imposing on France, and for these policies to be extended across the Eurozone. Berlin is not buying it, realizing such policies will further erode the social fabric. This could be the main reason why Macron tried to use the Nord Stream 2 project as leverage over Berlin.

In the end, Macron and Washington – albeit working for different objectives – were defeated in their attempts to sabotage the emerging energy trade between Germany, Europe and Russia. Nord Stream 2, as with Russia’s Turk Stream to the south of Europe, seems inevitable by sheer force of natural partnership.

On this note, the Hungarian government’s comments this week were apt. Budapest accused some European leaders and the US of “huge hypocrisy” in decrying association with Russia over energy trade. Macron has previously attended an economics forum in St Petersburg, and yet lately has sought to “blackmail” and disrupt Germany over its trade plans with Russia.

As for the Americans, their arrant hypocrisy is beyond words. As well as trying to dictate to Europe about “market principles” and “energy security”, it was reported this week that Washington is similarly demanding Iraq to end its import of natural gas from neighboring Iran.

Iraq is crippled by electricity and power shortages because of the criminal war that the US waged on that country from 2003-2011 which destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure. Iraq critically needs Iranian gas supplies to keep the lights and fans running. Yet, here we have the US now dictating to Iraq to end its lifeline import of Iranian fuel in order to comply with the Trump administration’s sanctions against Tehran. Iraq is furious at the latest bullying interference by Washington in its sovereign affairs.

The hypocrisy of Washington and elitist politicians like Emmanuel Macron has become too much to stomach. Maybe Germany and others are finally realizing who the charlatans are.

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Martyn Wood-Bevan
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Martyn Wood-Bevan

Macron is the new Juan Guaido of France – right-wing idiot deeply unpopular in their country of origin and already slavish towards USA in the same way as Tony Blair was some years previously. Well on his way to becoming another toxic war-criminal who doesn’t give a fig about Europe and its people!

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

“Why France’s Macron, at the last minute, attempted to undermine the project by placing stiffer regulations is a curious question”.

I suppose the two main options – as usual – would be money or blackmail. Or possibly just threats.

Olivia Kroth
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Money is his main motive, he is a greedy person, a former Rothschild banker, married grandma comming from an industrial entrepeneurs’ family and still does not have enough …

Platon
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Platon

Imagine what kind of extravagant compromat there must be on a guy who, to begin with, openly sleeps with his sexual abuses and mother-figure!?

He is sooner, just an utterly reliable psychopath with a great deal of vengeance to take out on the French people.

It is unclear whether France is going to survive his Jewpiterian inclinations and ambitions.

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

“Besides, what right has Ukraine to make demands on a bilateral matter that is none of its business?”

Like an enraged toddler, Ukraine wishes to go on being coddled by its parents even while biting their ankles and kicking their shins.

Platon
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Platon

The former The Ukraine may be the CIA greenhouse for all future regional directors of Greater *Barataria, also known as The Fourth Reich and The West.
As Turdeau of Canada bleeds from his sellout to pirate corporation SNC Lavalin, guess who is ready to take his place?

If you guessed former Soros gal and Crypto-Ukro-Fascist Chrystia Freeland, nominally now the Foreign Minister, you would, tragically, be correct.

The Fascist neo-Khazarian (former) The Ukraine is a gift that will keep on giving to the Khazarian Deep State at the bottom of all things ugly.

*http://jeanlafitte.net/Barataria.htm

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

“Kiev’s previous bad faith over not paying gas bills to Russia disbars it from reasonable opinion”.

Although, to be fair, it is only Washington’s bad faith on a tiny pathetic scale.

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

“For the Americans, it is obviously a blatant case of seeking to sell their own much more expensive natural gas to Europe’s giant energy market – in place of Russia’s product”.

Now remind me – who is it who is forever preaching about the virtues of capitalism and the competitive free market?

Olivia Kroth
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Macron and Merkel are both US regime puppets. As long as the US regime dominates and exploits Europe, there will not be no hope for improvement.

Mistaron
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Mistaron

Why Washington keeps accusing Russia of coercive leverage when throughout the years that it has been supplying energy to the West, the only time it has halted delivery, even after being constantly assailed from all quarters, has been against Ukraine for double-dealing and not paying its bills, and only then after bending over backwards with preferential rates and doing all it could to less painfully, help Ukraine make good on its debts.

US is blowing smoke and sour grapes, and as for Macron, it’s him that is seeking the unfair leverage. And Ukraine, Poland et al, screw ’em.

Dago dingo
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Dago dingo

The Empire of Chaos reached its use by date 70 years ago. Please just die, take apartheid Israel with you,without taking the rest of the world down.

Platon
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Platon

If Trump turned out to be a Putin, that could be achieved in a short period of time. Does not look like its going to happen though.

Platon
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Platon

Goodness! What to you mean “why”? Manny does what he is told. You don’t think he runs the place, do you?
The answer leads directly to the banks, Israel, AIPAC and their top secretive agent, George Soros.

How else explain that the policies, propaganda, and Modus Operandi of the Fourth Reich, and its true backers as always, the USA and the Jewish (borderless) State, are identical?

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