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Snow in the EU quarter in Brussels in December: The cold snap in Europe brings unwelcome memories of the winter 2008-2009 gas crisis (Photo: EUobserver)

Germany issues gas pipeline permit as Europe freezes

German authorities have given permission for Russia to build a major new gas pipeline to the country, as the EU waits to see if the winter will bring another Russia-Ukraine gas crisis.

The Stralsund Mining Authority in the region of Mecklenburg-West-Pomerania issued its environmental permit on Monday (21 December), concerning a 50-km-long stretch of the so-called Nord Stream pipeline.

The project is still awaiting permission from Germany's Federal Maritime and Hydrographical Agen...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Snow in the EU quarter in Brussels in December: The cold snap in Europe brings unwelcome memories of the winter 2008-2009 gas crisis (Photo: EUobserver)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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