Fascinating piece on legal grounds to stop Nord Stream 2 by Konrad Schuller (who doesn’t seen to be on Twitter) in @faznet —> in German, so for all you poor souls who don’t speak my mother tongue, here’s a thread to summarize 1/n

faz.net/-gq5-a3bac?pre… #fplus via @faznet
Background: there’s a growing movement in Berlin arguing for cancellation of Nord Stream 2 (details in my Sept. 10 FT column brookings.edu/blog/order-fro…)
Now the Green co-party leader @ABaerbock and Green MEP @bueti have laid out the legal argument:
thanks to @szaulo, here’s Konrad Schuller’s twitter handle: @SchullerKonrad
Back to the legal argument for stopping #NordStream2:

1. GE government should declare that the pipeline threatens European security. Why?
— NS2 is a Swiss company owned 100% by Gazprom, the RU state energy monopolist
— NS2 profits feed the RU state’s aggression abroad (Libya, Syria, Ukraine) ...

... as well as the system of domestic security services (FSB, SVR) and mil. chemical weapons labs which —according to GE govt — are the source of the new and particularly lethal strain of #Novichok used to poison #Navalny
- > details here: zeit.de/2020/38/deutsc…

@ABaerbock told @faznet: GE government needs to recognize that
#NordStream2 “splits Europe, endangers its security, & undermines its energy sovereignty”
— legal basis would be Art. 215 of the EU Treaty, see eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex… which allows the Council to enact sanctions
— Another possible legal basis, addording to dep. PL FM Jablonski, is the EU sanctions regime against chem weapons enacted 10-15-2018 after the #Skripal attacks
— according to @SchullerKonrad, EU bureaucracy is discussing this option

But Green MEP @bueti suggests another:
@SchullerKonrad quotes @bueti as pointing out that #NordStream2 has not yet been certified by the Federal Network Agency (GE national network regulator):
— condition of certification is “the energy security of all EU member states”
— so certification should be denied


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14 Aug 19
Go to the Museum of Science and Industry, I was told. It has a submarine.

Ok. Submarines are cool.

What I didn’t realize until I got there is that it is a German submarine.




I give you: U-505/1
By way of a narrative slowdown, this is how the enlisted men aboard U-505 hotbunked:

Above a live torpedo. As one does.

(Not live now, no worries.)/2
U-505 had destroyed eight Allied vessels in three years. It also had an Enigma coding machine on board. It was pursued by the US hunter-killer group 22.3, under Captain Dan Gallery on the USS Guadalcanal. U-505 was captured off West Africa on June 4, 1944./3
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