"According to the current state of knowledge, one must assume that the federal government is simply blackmailed by the USA in the matter of Nord Stream 2," said left-wing parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch of the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung". The billion-dollar offer is "ransom" to buy oneself free.
"This embarrassing deal must be prevented." It is about the sovereignty of European and German politics, said Bartsch. “No waste of tax money, no fracking gas.” According to a report by “Zeit”, the federal government tried to save the controversial Baltic Sea pipeline with an offer worth billions.
At the beginning of August, Scholz is said to have submitted the proposal to his US counterpart Steven Mnuchin, first verbally and later in writing, that Germany would be ready to finance the construction of two special ports for the import of liquefied gas.