This paper examines the factors that have contributed to the German-Italian dispute over Nord Stream 2, including their respective relations with Russia. It also analyzes their significance for broader European energy dynamics and geopolitics. Italy has only recently re-emerged as a major player in the EU after more than a decade of political retreat, and it is exploring both the limits and opportunities of a new leadership role. Italy has been willing to challenge Germany on a number of issues, including the economic austerity measures that Berlin insisted on in response to the eurozone crisis as a condition for financial assistance to ailing national banks and economies within the countries that adopted the Euro. Italy has also moved to oppose the German private sector-backed decision by a consortium of German companies to finance and construct Nord Stream 2 and has accused the European Commission of adopting double standards in not blocking the project. Germany has pushed back on both fronts. Meanwhile Russia, for its part, has tried to find ways to take advantage of the disagreement between Italy and Germany and consolidate its position as the primary natural gas supplier to Europe.

A tale of two countries: Italy, Germany, and Russian gas

DE MAIO, GIOVANNA
2016

Abstract

This paper examines the factors that have contributed to the German-Italian dispute over Nord Stream 2, including their respective relations with Russia. It also analyzes their significance for broader European energy dynamics and geopolitics. Italy has only recently re-emerged as a major player in the EU after more than a decade of political retreat, and it is exploring both the limits and opportunities of a new leadership role. Italy has been willing to challenge Germany on a number of issues, including the economic austerity measures that Berlin insisted on in response to the eurozone crisis as a condition for financial assistance to ailing national banks and economies within the countries that adopted the Euro. Italy has also moved to oppose the German private sector-backed decision by a consortium of German companies to finance and construct Nord Stream 2 and has accused the European Commission of adopting double standards in not blocking the project. Germany has pushed back on both fronts. Meanwhile Russia, for its part, has tried to find ways to take advantage of the disagreement between Italy and Germany and consolidate its position as the primary natural gas supplier to Europe.
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