As a primary actor in the development of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Russia plays a key role. Gazprom, the primary company behind the project, has a legal monopoly on Russia’s gas pipeline exports, and close ties to the Russian government. Gazprom emphasizes the Nord Stream 2 project will be mutually beneficial for Russia and… Read More Russian Perspectives
Sorry I couldn’t make it yesterday – I hope we ll find another date and time. Anyway am very curious how your work at this final stage goes on. Thanks for posts & research! You’ve done a great job… I have a feeling we miss a bit information on Russia (or is it me who… Read More Comments on your blog posts on Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine (3)
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
Topic of The Panel: Towards an Energy Union: The Example of the EU Gas Directive (Link to Event Calendar, GERMAN ONLY) Overall, the panel discussion was quite shallow. Future scenarios and possible EU policy strategies were barely discussed. Nevertheless, in the following some statements of the respective panelists are summarized.
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?
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
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