This week we conducted research on the relations of states directly or indirectly involved with the Nord Stream 2 Project. Each group member chose one of the following regions:
Western/Southern Europe (France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Malta)
Islands and BeLux (U.K., Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg)
Nordics (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, (+Norway))
Central Europe (Germany, Austria, Netherlands, (+Switzerland))
Eastern Europe (Baltics, Poland, Czech republic, Slovakia)
South-eastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece)
Even though we could not meet up in person, we updated each other frequently and also created a folder to share articles.
Reading the articles I found that:
- Some articles had overlapping information as various states would be involved in a statement or different pipeline projects. Even in a region, each state has its own motives and opinions regarding the Nord Stream 2 Project, whether they are economic, a power struggle, security, or even ecological reasons. Thus, we cannot generalize a region’s intention. For the next step, a mind map regrouping states based on positions regarding NS2 may be beneficial to make things clearer.
- We need to know past pipeline projects, such as the one cancelled in 2014 to understand the motives for opposing or supporting the Project. A timeline from then may be important as well.
- Some articles showed the dispute within the nation through different views by political parties.
- The understanding of the European Commission and its decisions based on EU law would be crucial in constructing a coherent EU policy. Additionally, we must closely follow the elections and the amendments in progress.
Plan for next week:
- Prepare for group meeting
- Look over articles by other members
- Follow up with comments if needed
- Group meeting with Ms.Loskot-Strachota
- Group meeting afterwards to discuss the direction of the project
- Continue researching respective regions based on feedback from the meeting
- Please reply to this post if you have any specific questions/comments/suggestions on the project so we can discuss them on Monday.
- The professor suggested we could use tags to easily find past articles.
- I think it was a good idea to propose a question at the end the article so it would lead to further research for the following week.