"Europe’s right to make its own decisions is at stake as the ongoing battle over Nord Stream 2 heats up. The choice is between a strong and independent Europe that is able to defend its own interests and independence or a puppet on a string dancing to Washington’s tune."
"Nordstream, along with Turkish Stream and potentially a revived Southstream into Bulgaria represent an existential threat to U.S. control over European politics and its economy. So, it’s no wonder why the U.S. is taking such a hard-line approach to Nordstream 2."
"Trump’s strategy seems to be to force us to buy their more expensive gas, but as long as LNG is not competitive, Europe will not agree to some sort of racket and pay extortionate prices," an EU official said.