The Baltic Sea Region is currently in the grip of a three-sided ordering struggle between NATO, the EU and Russia, in which the alignments do not always follow those of the respective camps. Nowhere has this been more the case as with Nord Stream 2, the second Russian oil and gas pipeline which is intended to take energy from Russia across the Baltic directly to Germany, bypassing Poland and Ukraine. It has been strongly opposed by many Baltic Sea Region states and by the UK. As the new administration of President Joe Biden gears up to tackle Nord Stream 2, and NATO Leaders meet on 14 June, the Centre for Geopolitics assembles a panel of experts to discuss where this contentious project is heading next and what the implications for energy and regional security will be. What is Britain’s interest, if any, in the eventual outcome?
Kirsten Westphal, Head of the ‘Geopolitics of Energy Transformation’ project at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs
Sir Philip Lowe, former Director-General for Competition and for Energy at the European Commission
Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland
Chair: Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Former Home Secretary