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European Gas Supply Security: Explaining the EU External Gas Pipeline Choices

  • Alexandra-Maria Bocse
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Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Abstract

With declining internal gas production and political instability in Ukraine likely to affect gas delivery routes, gas supply security is high on the EU’s agenda. While the EU maintained a constant support over the last decade for the development of the Southern Gas Corridor, a pipeline system linking Europe with the gas-rich regions of the Caspian Sea and the Middle East, the European Commission showed little interest for Nord Stream 2, a pipeline linking the European gas market to Russia. This chapter argues that to understand what kind of pipelines the EU supports, we need to look not only at gas availability and price arguments, but also at political and strategic considerations which triggered an EU policy of simultaneous gas routes and sources diversification.

Keywords

European Union Energy security Pipeline politics 

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  • Alexandra-Maria Bocse
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  1. 1.Department of Politics and International StudiesUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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