Warsaw Institute and The Warsaw Institute Review are proud to present you the video from our expert event „What’s next for Nord Stream 2?”, which took part online on October 14.
We now invite you to watch the full video on our Youtube channel:
The situation related to the construction of Nord Stream 2 is changing dynamically and its cThe construction of Nord Stream 2 – a natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, a project strengthening the position of Russia on the European energy market and damaging energy independence and thus security of the old continent – is opposed by many, from environmentalist groups to European Commission to USA. Although the building is close to a finish with only 100 miles (160 km) to go, sanctions imposed by American Congress prevent any Western company from completing the project. On Wednesday 14 October, The Warsaw Institute Review hosted another Online Debate this time devoted to Nord Stream 2 and its prospects. The comprehensive analysis was provided by the following panellists:
Margarita Assenova – member of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and Director of Programs for the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia at the Jamestown Foundation. She is, among others, co-author of the books “Eurasian Disunion: Russia’s Vulnerable Flanks”, “Azerbaijan and the New Energy Geopolitics of Southeastern Europe” and author of the report “Europe and Nord Stream Two: Myths, Reality, and the Way Forward”.
Jakub Wiech – journalist, lawyer, analyst. Deputy editor-in-chief of the Energetyka24. In his work he deals with issues related to energy and information security. He was a laureate of the Student Nobel Prize in the Journalism and Literature category and was nominated for the Grand Press award in the Specialist Journalism category.
Aleksandra Rybińska – political scientist, publicist and journalist. Warsaw Institute expert on European affairs. Journalist of wPolityce.pl and the weekly magazine Sieci, member of the board of the Maciej Rybiński Foundation, the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and the Association of Polish Journalists.
The event was moderated by Wojciech Jakóbik – Editor-in-chief of BiznesAlert.pl and an expert on energy security and geopolitics.
The experts began by establishing a brief history of the construction and explaining the importance of Nord Stream 2 for Germany. It was discussed why Poland’s western neighbour engages in a project which goes against EU’s objectives. In addition, the controversy surrounding the endeavour was put into context of the history of Russia’s attempts to increase its influence in Europe. Throughout the discussion, coming back to the involvement of the US in the issue was inevitable. American sanctions were named the only force that can bring an end to the construction thus saving European energy security. In the light of these restrictions, the panellists explained why they cannot imagine how the building of Nord Stream 2 could be completed.
We cordially invite you to check our YouTube channel, where you can see all our previous events!