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EU Leadership in Energy and Environmental Governance: Global and Local Challenges and Responses
EU Leadership in Energy and Environmental Governance: Global and Local Challenges and Responses
Edited by Jakub M. Godzimirski
Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 229 pp.

No single area of internal EU regulation is more essential to Europe’s global role today than energy policy. This is particularly true with regard to Russia. In recent years, EU officials in Brussels have become more active in regulating competition and funding infrastructure in the energy sector, with an eye toward limiting Russian leverage, which stems mostly from European countries’ dependence on Russian natural gas. Meanwhile, individual EU member states have continued to adapt to evolving energy markets, with policies whose substance depends largely on the extent of their energy dependence and their financial means. These developments have had a decisive impact on diplomacy with Russia and the crisis in Ukraine: it is ultimately the EU that decides whether pipelines and connectors are built. The complex and conspiratorial world of energy politics is tough to research. Although more detailed and ambitious works on the subject exist, this volume of EU-funded research offers a useful introduction to some of the key data and perspectives.