Some thoughts about EU-Russian-Relations

How should the EU react to Russia’s aggression on Crimea? Is building a new pipeline not the completely wrong signal? Łoskot-Strachota/Zachmann (2014) point out several scenarios: In the short-term, the EU could stop buying Russian gas as a reaction to the Russian aggression on Crimea. However this would come with significant costs for the European… Read More Some thoughts about EU-Russian-Relations

Nord Stream 2: a new gas pipeline for Europe or a geopolitical trap for Ukraine?

Summary: Due to Nord Stream 2 Ukraine would  probably lose its revenues from transit fees and it may receive less political support from other European Countries regarding the ongoing conflict with Russia. That´s why Ukraine strongly opposes Nord Stream 2 and tries to convince other European countries (especially Germany) that Nord Stream 2 is a… Read More Nord Stream 2: a new gas pipeline for Europe or a geopolitical trap for Ukraine?

Week 5 Summary

This week we met and consolidated our research findings and mapped out our research and tasks for the next few weeks. Given all the contextual research that has been done, our next focus is to plan and strategise possible way forwards for the EU. Based on the broad concepts introduced in this post, we have… Read More Week 5 Summary

Background & General Thoughts About a Market-Oriented External Energy Strategy of The EU

Summary: The EU member states still pursue varying natural gas strategies. While some of them focus on building bilateral energy relationships that are based on “market-based economic mechanisms” (Stefanova 2012), others frame their strategies geo-politically and aim at achieving independence from Russia for security reasons. This strategy diversity can result in energy infrastructure projects that… Read More Background & General Thoughts About a Market-Oriented External Energy Strategy of The EU

V4: Poland and Slovakia

Summary: Poland and Slovakia are the main champions of opposition towards the NS2 project, with reasons ranging from financial to energy security issues. As a response, both countries as well as the greater V4 region have started initiatives to reduce their reliance on Russian gas.

Week 4 Summary

This week we finished up our research on respective regions’ stances on the NS2 project and on our Wednesday meeting, discussed steps to move forward. Blog Posts Denmark: “The Last Man Standing”… but how long can they keep this up?  The Danish permit for Nord Stream 2 is still pending. The Foreign Ministry could veto Nord… Read More Week 4 Summary