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The International Reverberations of Germany’s Energiewende; Geoeconomics in the EU’s Geo-Energy Space

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 61)

Abstract

Germany’s Energiewende is an important example of a national policy to increase the share of renewables. Given the close proximity of European countries, this policy does not remain without implications on the European level. The European Union has been set up to balance political frictions where they arise. However, energy is an area where the leeway of the EU Member States to pursue national agendas is particularly wide. Despite the involvement of the European Union, the Energiewende, therefore, affects the bilateral relations between Germany and the other EU Member States. To capture these and similar effects, this chapter analyses the technical and economic reverberations of Germany’s Energiewende in the EU’s geo-energy space, that is the entanglement of energy systems across Europe; further, it discusses the geoeconomic implications for European energy politics.

Keywords

Geoeconomics Germany Energiewende European Union Energy relations 

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