German dependency on Russian Gas

Pablo Aravena, Benjamin Lausten & Urður Örlygsdottir

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In the wake of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014, EU imposed several sanctions on Russia. It is interesting that the gas industry was not affected by these sanctions despite the sector’s importance for Russian economy. Germany and many EU countries highly rely on the import of Russian gas and in this project the purpose is to get an understanding if Germany, because of its dependency on Russian gas, has tried to affect the decision-making of the EU sanctions. To answer this question we looked at different variables such as what resource alternatives Germany may have, the relationship between Germany and Russia, interests versus values and Germany’s position in the EU. The policy process in EU was closed, but looking at these variables we found out that Germany has many interests in Russia, not only the gas. The gas part is still crucial for Germany and if any plans were made to sanction gas, Germany would probably have opposed these and used its influence to avoid this. This projects results are general knowledge to many and is not likely to change anything or bring a whole new perspective on the matter, but it might serve as a path

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2014