Scientific director of the German-Russian Forum Alexander Rahr told about the attitude of the possible successors of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the “Nord Stream-2” and Russia. О
Rahr reveals the mood of the three potential candidates for the chairmanship of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Rahr said that the former head of the Christian Democrats in the Bundestag, Friedrich Merz, and the head of the Bundestag Committee on Foreign Policy, Norbert Röttgen, were set on a tough policy with regard to Moscow. However, Armin Lachet, the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a supporter of developing pragmatic relations with Russia.
“If Röttgen becomes party leader and a candidate for chancellor, it would be a disaster for relations between Moscow and Berlin. This politician has been making harsh and critical statements about Russia for years,” Rahr explained.
Mertz’s stance, which is also negative, will depend on the course of US President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. According to the political scientist, he is “a Euro-Atlanticist to the bone” and will deal primarily with relations with Washington.
“Lachet is the most convenient for Moscow of the three candidates (…). When he worked in the European Parliament and was chairman of the foreign policy committee, he was actively interested in the idea of creating a common space from Lisbon to Vladivostok and participated in many conferences on Russian-German relations,” Rahr noted.
The laying of the pipeline stopped a year ago after U.S. sanctions. Russia claimed that it would be able to complete the route using its own resources and launch it at the end of this year or at the beginning of 2021.