Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2012

In Osteuropa 6-8/2012
Teil des Dossiers Energie

Myths and Facts
Europe’s Dependency on Russian Gas

Roland Götz

Deutsche Fassung


At the end of 2012, the second phase of the Nord Stream gas pipeline will go into operation. With that, the debate over natural gas from Russia is likely to flare up again. There are two competing positions. One side claims that natural gas relations are commercial activities that benefit both sides. The political class and public emphasise, however, the European Union’s unilateral dependence on Russia for energy. Since the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine, which led to short-term stop-page of deliveries, gas from Russia has been increasingly discussed as a security problem. This is untenable.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2012, pp. 435–458)