"Now the Europeans, and especially the Germans, have the American government they wanted," namely "one that values alliances and does not despise them," cheered the FAZ on January 29, 2021. In this context, it also explicitly mentions the dispute over Nord Stream 2, which needs to be settled. While in the USA nothing has changed in the cross-camp rejection of the construction of the Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline, the debate about this project in the FRG, which is involved in it, is becoming increasingly controversial. The German government still officially maintains its support - in the interest of the capital factions interested in maintaining or even expanding German-Russian trade relations - but for some time now it has come under sharp fire for this. The current arrest of the fascist Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and some of his supporters also serves as a pretext for the forces within the ruling class in Germany interested in discrediting the project of expanding energy cooperation with Russia. This is not a baseless claim by those who defend it; rather, the FAZ editorial itself states quite unequivocally, "Berlin's support for this project was therefore a grave mistake long before the poison gas attack on Alexei Navalnyi and the current repressions. His case could be a good reason to say stop at the last second."
On the same day, the French daily Le Monde reports on U.S. sanctions threats against municipalities in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It lets the mayor of Lubmin, Axel Vogt (CDU), and his Sassnitz counterpart, Frank Kracht (Die Linke party), have their say, unanimously expressing their incomprehension of these threats, which are directed against an almost completed project. Nord Stream 2, Kracht said, is not a political project, but it has been made into one. In view of Germany's exit from nuclear energy and coal, holding on to it is economically unavoidable, especially for structurally weak Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, he said. The Le Monde report also points out that the state government has taken active steps to defend Nord Stream 2, not least by establishing the Climate and Environmental Protection Foundation MV. This, by purchasing materials and machinery and making them available for the project, is intended to render any U.S. sanctions futile. As the UZ of January 22 reported, the establishment of this foundation provoked protests from FfF, which acted entirely in line with the party leadership of the Greens as well as the FAZ - the latter gladly took up their agitation against "'greenwashing' for Nord Stream."
The DKP Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania welcomes the fact that the campaign against Nord Stream 2 has found little resonance among the state's population, and that the state government and Minister President Manuela Schwesig have so far not allowed themselves to be intimidated by the thematically broad range of accusations against the completion of the project. However, we believe it is necessary to work to maintain public vigilance on this issue, highlighting which forces of extreme reaction, not only in the U.S. but also in Germany itself, the anti-Nord Stream campaign serves, and that it is directly directed against the interests of the people of MV. Whether it is about Nord Stream 2 or about our opposition to the increase of taxes and energy prices: The Communists of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern stand on the side of the working people who do not see themselves threatened by peaceful cooperation with Russia in the Baltic Sea region, but who see their interests trampled on by increased energy prices, by tax increases (such as the CO2 tax), by the dismantling of democratic and social rights, and by NATO's military demonstrations of power, not least in the Baltic Sea region.https://www.dkp-mv.de/nord-stream-2-gegner-haende-weg-von-mv/