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US sanctions: How dangerous Is Nord Stream 2?

The US is threatening Germany with crushing sanctions if it continues with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. How bad are relations between the two sides? Guests: Michael Thumann, (Die Zeit), Kirsten Westphal (SWP), Erik Kirschbaum (LA Times)

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Kirsten Westphal from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. She says: "North Stream 2 has serious political implications, but the collateral damage of US sanctions is far-reaching."


Michael Thumann, foreign policy expert with the Berlin-based weekly Die ZEIT. He argues that: "Europe’s quarrel on Nord Stream 2 is the biggest failure in German foreign policy in more than a decade."

Erik Kirschbaum, author and journalist, who writes for the Los Angeles Times. And Erik believes that: “The US and many other countries have long warned Germany about the perils of Nord Stream 2. Those warnings were ignored.“