Europe's Gas Crunch: The Pending Crisis Around Nord Stream 2 and Ukraine Transit
Despite Berlin and Moscow's rush to make the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline construction through the Baltic Sea a fait accompli, opposition from several EU states has stalled its completion. Meanwhile, Gazprom’s transit contract with Ukraine will expire in January and Moscow has put unacceptable preconditions on negotiating a new one. Once again, Europe must brace itself for a Russian gas-supply crisis. Thomas O’Donnell of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin will discuss European states' various interests and heightened energy anxieties, the prospects for the NS2 pipeline and Russia's strategy.
Thomas O'Donnell, professor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin