Construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is expected to begin soon. But not everyone supports the project. Baltic states like Lithuania and Latvia want to avoid dependence on Russian gas and are against the pipeline.
The Federation of German Industry has said it's not bowing to increasing US pressure to drop the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and buy US liquefied gas instead. The BDI adds it wouldn't make economic sense.
Will the Bundeswehr defend the Baltics? Will Berlin let Nord Stream 2 proceed? Merkel will encounter a political class and public opinion leery of Germany's Russia policy during her visit to Lithuania on Friday.
Bucharest is hosting the third annual Three Seas summit, a meeting of 12 central and eastern EU member states. The group has won the backing of US President Donald Trump, but also wants to expand cooperation in the EU.
Berlin is under increasing pressure to pull the plug on Nord Stream 2, the planned gas pipeline that would link Russia and Germany below the Baltic Sea. Here is what you need to know about the massive project.
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