The topic of Nord Stream II is very timely as the project’s completion coincides with the waning of the so-called “Golden Age of Gas”. From the wider geopolitical and geo-economic perspective, it is helpful to remind ourselves that the current polarization surrounding the mega-project is not very helpful. The question at hand is: Are we having the right conversation about North Stream II?

In fact, I propose that the huge challenges of European energy transition and digital transition require a wider perspective. The continent’s gas supply does not depend on Russia alone. Germany’s opportunities from utilizing Nord Stream II in the diversification of the European energy mix are a case in point.

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