Biz Explainer: What's stopping Nord Stream 2 from opening?

Nord Stream 2 -- a newly constructed 1,220-kilometer gas pipeline from Russia to Europe -- is the latest political football in the Ukraine crisis. Germany has halted the program after Russia began military operations in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had even described the pipeline as a "geopolitical weapon" before the conflicts escalated. Why is a pipeline being weaponized, and who are the stakeholders?

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