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Germany's Russian gas fix raises alarm in Merkel's backyard

Germany wants a USD 10 billion pipeline expansion built to increase the amount of Russian natural gas imported from Siberia. But the plan has opponents, both within the country and beyond.

Hidden by pine forests near the deserted site of what was once East Germany's biggest nuclear reactor, two shiny pipelines emerge from the Baltic Sea to mark the spot where Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to secure the country's energy future.

Not far from the Hanseatic town of Greifswald – an area Merkel represents in parliament – the chancellor wants a USD 10 billion pipeline expansion built to increase the amount of Russian natural gas imported from Siberia, more than 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) away. 

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