Scholz touts pipeline from Portugal to central Europe

German Chancellor Scholz holds summer news conference in Berlin
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz leaves after a summer news conference in Berlin, Germany August 11, 2022. REUTERS/Christian Mang

BERLIN, Aug 11 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday pushed for the construction of a pipeline from Portugal through Spain and France to central Europe to wean Europe from Russian energy dependence.

"Such a pipeline would massively relieve the supply situation now," Scholz told reporters in a news conference in Berlin.

He said he had touched upon the issue in talks with the leaders of Spain, Portugal, France and the European Commission in Brussels and lobbied strongly for setting up such a project.

Reporting by Paul Carrel, Rachel More, Kirsti Knolle, Matthias Williams and Sabine Siebold

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