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Nord Stream has allowed Germany to take a stronger line with Russia, but other EU members cannot afford confrontation

Siddi, Marco (2014) Nord Stream has allowed Germany to take a stronger line with Russia, but other EU members cannot afford confrontation. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (18 Nov 2014). Website.

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Abstract

The reliance of European states on Russian gas exports has been one of the key underlying factors in the Ukraine crisis. Marco Siddi writes on the role played by the Nord Stream gas pipeline in shaping Germany’s policy toward Russia. He notes that the existence of the pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, has freed Germany’s hand to pursue a stronger line over Ukraine. However, the fact that other countries in Central and Eastern Europe are more vulnerable from a suspension of Russian gas exports through Ukraine has ensured that the main costs for a strong German policy would potentially be borne by its eastern allies.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 10:00
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2020 23:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71627

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