I find it so ironic that a person who criticizes putin amd russia for being autocratic is now defending merkels purchasing of gas from that very person/country and hence enriching that same autocratic leader and country you'd otherwise criticize. Just like merkel... you're willing to forget the autocratic tendencies, subversion of elections, hacking, hybrid wars, human rights violations etc for cheaper oil. Atleast you, merkel macron etc could be consistent and either stand up for your criticisms of an autocratic individual and the nation they rule instead of filling their coffers so they can keep launching cyber attacks, keep the low intensity conflicts simmering, keep meddling in elections etc. As long as you get cheap oil...
Germany paying for their russian gas instead of invading Russia and trying to steal it is a lesson well learnt, don't you think?
No because in both cases they are still procuring one of the most important and sensitive resources from a country that is supposedly an adversary. Only difference is matter of procurement. And in fact Hitler's method of just stealing the oil makes far more sense as only a fool would willingly build pipelines so that their adversary can continue to regularly receive tens of billions - all while giving total control of the spigot to the adversary.
Which security concerns?
You really have to ask? Oil is probably the most important raw material for a country and is totally crucial in a war. Russia could shut off gas to germany and hence all other w European countries should their be a conflict or jack up their rates like crazy for any reason or no reason at all. Then germany would be sol. And with this pipeline they're totally captive to Russia and putin. Thank goodness Poland hasn't fallen for this lunacy. Atleast we poles have some self respect and don't build pipelines to our adversaries and give them billions which they then use to launch hybrid wars, subversion tactics, cyber attacks, etc with. It's better to pay a little more than have arguably one of the most important raw.materials coming from your main adversary.
Thatd be like Israels Netanyahu and Iran's ayatollah going on tv and proclaiming they're building a pipeline from Iran to Israel all while remaining adversaries. Which actually they have such a pipeline but they don't talk about it because the Israelis realize how stupid this makes them look running pipelines and buying oil from their biggest adversary. It's an israeli state secret that basically has a ban on discussing it.
May I ask what "having balls" means to you?
@ Bratwurst Boy
Defending your country, putting your citizens and taxpayers first - and not able bodied economic migrants looking for a handout, not being A giant pussy that's too scared to say something because it might offend a few snowflakes, just generally not being A soy boy beta cuck. Being the opposite of antifa members, justin trudaeu, Macron or prince harry who married high mileage ho' s, basically being a man - a real man not the soy boy excuses for men who require safe spaces, trigger warnings and get offended at every little thing, men who stand up for their beliefs - Bog Honor Ojczyzna for example, don't make apologies for being normal hetero people, being athletic and olding your own in a fight like putin who's a judo black belt, making money to provide for your family, making your woman's toes curl and willing to give your life for your beliefs and loved ones. That's what a real man is about and quite sadly there's less and less real men and more and more beta soy boys. It's a great time to be a sexy confident woman that's for sure. Men have become such giant pussies that even the average 20 30 year old.western man's testosterone counts are equal to 80 years old. Such men could never be strong leaders - they don't habe the testosterone to be a man much less a leader.