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Germany and the US unveiled their compromise on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline yesterday,

eliciting a wave of criticism from German Greens and US Republicans. Critics complained of a lack of language specifying when and how Germany would take the costly move of shutting down the pipeline to respond to Russian pressure on Ukraine. On Monday, Washington briefers on the transaction said that the language was left deliberately vague so as not to help Russia prepare countermeasures.

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Yesterday Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel telephoned Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the compromise, an agreement designed to allow the €9.5 billion pipeline to open this fall.

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