Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wants to dispute with the USA over the Nord Stream Baltic Sea pipeline 2 even after the upcoming change of power in the White House not give in.
“We don't need to talk about European sovereignty, if it is understood by it, that in the future we will just do everything, as Washington wants it ", said the SPD politician with a view to the for 20. January planned replacement of US President Donald Trump by Joe Biden. “The federal government will change its stance on Nordstream 2 Don `t change."
The two times 1200 Kilometers of gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is closed 94 Percent built. The USA are still trying to stop them with sanctions and are also threatening German companies. The Americans justify their rejection of the project on the grounds that their European partners are too dependent on Russian gas. Pipeline proponents accuse the US against, just want to sell their liquefied gas better in Europe.
Biden rejects Nord Stream 2 wie Trump ab. Maas said about it, there will also be topics in the future, in which one is of different opinion with the USA. "Important is, that we have a common line on key strategic and geopolitical issues, stand on the same side of the field. "
During Trump's four-year reign, German-American relations had sunk to a low point because of numerous controversial issues. The federal government is now promoting a new beginning.
Trump had accused Germany, among other things, investing too little in the military. Here, too, Biden is not expected to change course. Maas acknowledged NATO’s goal, according to which each member state should spend two percent of its gross domestic product on defense. But he also emphasized, that in the course of the corona crisis all states would have to reorganize their finances. “Then you will have to talk about it, what does that mean for the chosen path and for the goal as a whole. "
Maas said of Germany's participation in NATO's nuclear deterrent, which was questioned by his own party - the SPD, that one also has to take into account the security needs of neighboring countries.
“I miss that a bit in the whole debate. When you say, we as Germany want to get out of nuclear participation, one also has to take into account, what that means for our partners. ”This means countries like Poland and the Baltic states, who border Russia and feel threatened by the neighboring country.
In Büchel in Rhineland-Palatinate in the Eifel, about 20 Store US atomic bombs, Leading SPD politicians repeatedly plead for their withdrawal. In an emergency, the bombs are to be dropped by Bundeswehr fighter jets. This is what NATO calls "nuclear participation".