The chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, announced this Thursday that he will promote the construction of a gas pipeline that increases supply from Portugal to Spain to central Europe, at a time when the continent is looking for new sources of energy with which to counteract dependence on Russia.
Scholz explained that, if the connections with the Iberian Peninsula had been strengthened earlier, it would have been "a massive contribution to alleviate and lighten the situation" of the gas supply, which Germany has basically received from Russia in recent years.
For this reason, the German leader has defended "firmly" at a press conference addressing a project that will deal with other leaders of Spain, Portugal and France and that he also plans to expose before the president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen.
The project, MidCat, has been paralyzed for years due to its high costs and the low price of the Russian supply. There are still 226 kilometers of pipes to be built from the Catalan town of Hostalric to the French town of Barbaira, and Spain has asked the EU to cover the costs.
Currently, only two gas pipelines pass from Spanish soil to the other side of the Pyrenees and add up to a capacity of just 8,000 million cubic meters per year, when 'Nord Stream 2', the failed project proposed to export gas from Russia to Germany, may take about 55,000 million cubic meters.
More military aid to Ukraine
On the other hand, Scholz has announced that Germany will continue to increase its aid to Ukraine. Thus, he has anticipated the shipment of more weapons "in the near future", to the extent that he considers that "far-reaching decisions to support Ukraine in its struggle for independence" continue to be necessary.
“We support Ukraine financially and we have prepared ourselves for the fact that what is related to this war affects the whole world, but of course also Europe and our country,” he indicated.