The accession of 10+2 new countries to the EU, most of which were either former Soviet republics or Soviet satellites, has undermined the influence of Russia over its shared neighborhood with the EU and has further complicated the energy relations between Russia and the EU. There are arguably two main factors relating to our analysis that separate the CEE countries from the older Western European states: the first factor is the difference in development of the energy sectors and ...
- 04.07.2016 12:07:00
Many analysts and politicians consider the current political crisis between Russia and the European Union as part of a long-term negative trend that will lead to a further decrease in cooperation between the two parties. In reality, the current crisis is rather a temporary one that mostly concerns the state of relations between Moscow and Brussels, but does not damage the relations between Russia and individual member states that much. As history shows, an increase in cooperation is not only possible...
- 06.06.2016 12:08:00
... to politicization or blackmail from third parties.
The strengthening of the the Russian-German energy partnership is much needed, as both countries realize that their cooperation forms the backbone of Europe’s energy security. Reinforcing the energy relations between the two countries adds to the strengthening of the existing interdependence and will prevent future gas crises, transit halts, politicization, and securitization attempts. The dissolution of the Soviet Union and the subsequent ...
- 27.05.2016 12:32:00
There goes a saying: A chain is as strong as its weakest link. This may very well be the case with the EU vis-à-vis its member state dependency on Russian natural gas. While analyzing the European gas market, too much attention has been focused on the EU-28 average gas consumption index and very little scrutiny was given to individual member states. Analysts were fixated with the EU Commission official stance on the matter and respective implementation of its normative agenda aimed at diversifying...
- 04.05.2016 11:10:00
... factors for the increased demand and how is Russia’s energy giant Gazprom coping with the recent dynamics on the European gas market? Answering those two questions will give us a better idea of how recent market aberrations are influencing EU-Russia energy relations.
Analyzing the following data gives us a very simplistic, yet adequate idea of the ongoing demand trend in Europe. What the data fails to portray is the existing asymmetry of gas demand, consumption and dependency on Russian gas deliverers ...
- 29.04.2016 13:05:00