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Merkel Defends Russian Gas Link Expansion Protested by Poland

  • German chancellor discussed Nord Stream 2 with Polish premier
  • Morawiecki says pipeline fails to diversify EU gas sources
Construction of the Nord Stream pipeline in 2011.

Construction of the Nord Stream pipeline in 2011.

Photographer: Tim Fadek/Bloomberg

German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw her country’s weight behind the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia, boosting the chances that the controversial link will become reality.

The project to boost the capacity of the pipeline has divided EU governments, with mostly eastern nations led by Poland concerned about the bloc’s increasing dependence on Russian gas and President Vladimir Putin’s meddling in Ukraine, which the link would bypass. It also has highlighted a split between lawyers on the appropriate legal regime for the pipeline.