The reason for the demand was the poisoning of Navalny. In the two years for which he proposes to stop the construction, Europe must find other suppliers of resources.
Following the Republicans from the United States and the Greens from Germany, the candidate for the leader of the Christian Democratic Union and the possible successor of Angela Merkel, Friedrich Merz, demanded to stop the construction of Nord Stream 2 for two years due to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. He expressed his opinion to the journalist of the newspaper Bild.
Merz says he has always been in favor of building, but now Europe must react accordingly. Another publication notes that the response should be "clear and unambiguous." And within two years, while the pipeline will be idle, the EU should find ways to give up Russian resources.
Merz's competitor Armin Lashet, on the other hand, asked not to make impulsive decisions on Nord Stream-2. He suggested reacting to the situation based on Moscow's actions.