Though Europe is so rich of history and in some ways even obsessed with its preservation, toleration and admiration, apparently it is too reluctant to study it and learn from it.
For 50 years Europe was divided by Berlin wall and its destruction in 1989 was a road to unification of European nations. Today, just 20 years after this historic event Europe is building a new ‘Berlin wall’ – Nord Stream pipeline. Official ceremony with the presence of Russia’s president will be on Friday (April 9), but the work has started.
In these harsh times, when economists are still wondering if the lowest point of our economic crisis is reached or not yet, even the greatest advocates of environment, sustainability, clean Baltic Sea etc – Scandinavian countries – have eventually given their ‘yes’ to this mega project which is expected to diversify gas supplies to Europe (formal justification). Just couple of years ago when I was lucky to be involved in the Baltic sea region cooperation, Nord stream project ‘enjoyed’ a quite strong opposition from Scandinavian countries, especially Sweden and Finland, which were very concerned both about environment and security.
BUT, apparently, Russia needed just max two years to finalize negotiations with involved countries, where initial principles have been successfully compromised.
But, unfortunately, this pipeline is not just about gas. It’s about cutting off Baltic countries and Poland as transit countries of Russian energy supplies to Europe; it’s about regional stability; it’s about Baltic sea which in terms of its health is in coma; it’s about eventual and unavoidable pollution; it’s about increasing influence of Russia on Europe; it’s about division of Europe. Again.