Angela Merkel has been warned going ahead with the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline could spark a rebellion among Christian Democrati
Angela Merkel has been warned going ahead with the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline could spark a rebellion among Christian Democratic Union (CDU) members. Former German Ambassador to the UK Thomas Matussek suggested CDU members have expressed concerns about the pipeline cementing Germany’s ties with Russia in the aftermath of the alleged poisoning of Vladimir Putin’s main critic and other aggressive behaviour. Speaking to the BBC Today programme, Mr Matussek said: “The economic, the business interdependence used to be, and should be, a great stabiliser because both sides have a lot to win and a lot to lose.
“The pipeline is under severe pressure from the Trump Government, from members of the American Congress and, quite rightly, whether you like Putin or not, Germans have always said, ‘this is our business.’
“It makes defending the pipeline more and more difficult domestically because even in Angela Merkel’s party there are voices saying, ‘let’s stop the pipeline project. You can’t do business with these people.’
“I think it’s wrong but you need a little bit of understanding also from the other side to continue this trade relationship.”
Germany’s ties to Russia have come into question after Berlin moved President Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny to the country after he fell ill under unclear circumstances.
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After days of tension between the two nations, Mr Navalny was air-lifted to Germany where doctors have now suggested he was “probably poisoned” as he travelled to hold a meeting in Siberia last week.
Public health officials have said the campaigner’s conditions are “serious but not life threatening.”
A spokesman for the hospital treating Mr Navalny said: “The exact substance is not yet known.
“Widespread analysis has begun. The effect of the poison – i.e. the inhibition of cholinesterase in the organism – has been proven several times and in independent laboratories.”
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