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No United Front: The Political Economy of Energy in Central and Eastern Europe

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This chapter analyzes the deep energy policy rift within Central Eastern Europe (CEE). It argues that although these countries share number of issues (e.g., infrastructural limitations), there are important differences among them when it comes to preferences towards the development of the Energy Union and EU energy policy in general. These differences also translate into individual country positions on the Energy Union as the EU’s newest—and some argue mercantilist—approach towards external relations. The chapter claims that the positions of CEE countries are influenced by different perceptions of energy policy priorities and structural obstacles to the implementation of Energy Union. While some, like Poland, would prefer EU to provide mercantilist muscle, others like Hungary would like to maintain sovereignty in the energy policy.

Matúš Mišík would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of European Union Centre of Excellence at the University of Alberta, where he was a post-doctoral fellow during the academic year 2015–2016.

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Nosko, A., Mišík, M. (2017). No United Front: The Political Economy of Energy in Central and Eastern Europe. In: Andersen, S., Goldthau, A., Sitter, N. (eds) Energy Union. International Political Economy Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-59104-3_12

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