Strangely enough, it bypasses Poland even though some claim there is a blooming friendship between neighbors.
First: At that time people got convinced to undertake such a huge challenge like the Nordstream pipeline Poland was governed by the horrible twins who not posed their country as a bridge but rather more like a fence or a wall.
Germans felt it was safer to not to be dependent on Poland regarding our energy (yes it was that bad and yes it needs two to tango)
Second: It is not only Germany which gets another secure means for energy but other european countries as well and even Poland will be provided with Gas through the german parts of the pipeline.
It's just that any future Polish-Russian conflicts don't leave Germany starved of energy.
Third: If some eastern europeans didn't feel they could use the old pipeline as a kind of blackmail and power weapon against German AND Russia they wouldn't protest so much the alternative!
Honestely I blame the Kaczinskies with their extremely annoying and irritating tantrums to always blame Germany AND Russia for Nordstream...
Here an interesting comment:
Political commentator Yelena Shesternina writes:
"Polish voters probably did not mind Kaczynski's consistent criticism of Moscow. It is certainly true that few Poles are ardent admirers of Russia. But even so, the former prime minister clearly overdid it. Suffice to mention the closure of the Russian display at the Auschwitz memorial, or the censure of Aleksander Kwasniewski for his decision to visit Moscow for the 60th Anniversary of Victory over the Nazis, or the demand that the Russian government repent its errors beginning with the division of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 18th century to the Soviet invasion.
Kaczynski did more than seek his own interpretation of "historic justice." He consistently torpedoed Russia-EU negotiations. Offended by Russia's ban on its meat imports, Poland alone voted against a strategic partnership between the EU and Russia. It also rejected any compromise on hosting the U.S. missile-defense system. A few days before the elections, Jaroslaw Kaczynski said quite openly that the U.S. 'missile shield' was designed to shoot down Russian missiles, not Iranian ones, thus indicating which nation Warsaw saw as its number one foe.
Kaczynski was no friend of the OSCE either. Warsaw did not even invite that organization's observers to monitor elections under the pretext that Switzerland was voting on the same day. He must have thought that Swiss democracy was in greater need of protection than the Polish model."
When there is necessity to bring some changes to the EU constitution, Germany seems to be disrespectful and threatful to the will of the countries who are equal partners in EU (at least I thought so).
The EU is Germany....for decades Germany build and paid the EU....call it war guilt or whatever but without the cheques from Germany there wouldn't be no EU. Germany (West Germany that is) put for decades the wishes and the well being of the EU before herself, again...billions of german tax payers money got distributes around Europe for 50 years.
Who will be there if Germany needs help...guess what? Nobody...as nobody helped Germany with the huge task of the reunification.
Germany has it's own problems now...and honestly many Germans are losing interest in being the paymaster of the EU, war guilt is waning too...and when everybody comes running to us then at least we want to have more say in it...sue us!