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Focus Germany: The Nord Stream 2 headache
Russian ambitions to bypass Ukraine’s gas infrastructure are obviously rooted in political motives, yet Germany insists on backing the project. By doing so, it could reap the economic benefits of becoming a European hub for Russian gas imports, but serious conflicts over the matter are likely to arise within the EU. Moreover, Ukraine – having failed to secure its energy independence despite several opportunities – would be left in a precarious situation.