Why Europe is fighting for the gas pipeline through the Pyrenees



Gas pipeline in Spain

So far there are only two smaller gas pipelines from Spain to the north.


(Photo: Reuters)

Madrid, Paris Germany and France sticking together in the energy crisis – that is the message that Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Emmanuel Macron like to send out. On the Day of German Unity, the Federal Chancellor received the French President for a working dinner in Berlin. Cooperation on energy policy was one of the items on the agenda.

Behind the scenes, however, there is a lot of crunching on one topic: It is about the construction of the midcat pipeline Spain through the Pyrenees to France, via which, according to the ideas of the federal government, gas and later green hydrogen could flow to German industrial sites.

Berlin and Madrid want to resume the project that was stopped in 2019, but Paris is opposed to it. According to information from the Handelsblatt, Midcat was also discussed at the Scholz and Macron dinner on Monday evening, but apparently there was no rapprochement.

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