This 10 February half-hour roundtable on TRT Television, London looked at the possibility of Nord Stream 2 being stopped by US sanctions. My thanks to host David Foster for the invite.
Today is 20 February, and I should add that since this was recorded, the Biden-Harris-Blinken administration has surprised Congress by sanctioning significantly fewer ships than it expected to be sanctioned for assisting Gazprom to lay pipe in Danish and German waters.
This White House attempt to generate goodwill with Berlin and with Merkel’s ruling coalition is generating bipartisan objections in Congress. Upcoming posts will analyze this development . Tom O’D. Below is the text from TRT network’s promotion of the show. and guests’ names and affiliations.
Nord Stream 2 starts in Russia and ends in Germany, supplying vital energy to a country that is abandoning coal and nuclear power. But the pressure is on Germany to drop the whole idea. Roundtable is a discussion programme with an edge. Broadcast out of London and presented by David Foster, it’s about bringing people to the table, listening to every opinion, and analysing every point of view. From fierce debate to reflective thinking, Roundtable discussions offer a different perspective on the issues that matter to you. Every weekday at 15:30 GMT on TRT World.
- Dr. Thomas O’Donnell Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
- Dr. Urike Esther Franke, Policy Fellow at European Council on Foreign Relations
- Dmitry Babich Political Analyst, Moscow
- Presented by David Foster,
- Watch every weekday at 15:30 GMT on TRT World.