Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban says Russia’s South Stream pipeline is ‘a must’ for Hungary (photo: dpa)

Russia’s South Stream pipeline widens EU division

The European Union’s declared energy security policy is in tatters along with its will to impose economic sanctions over Ukraine. Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline has widened the divisions between member-states which see national economic advantages to partnering Russia on the project. But moves by Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy and Austria increase rather than reduce Europe’s dependence on Russia.

<i>The EU’s internal conflict over the South Stream gas pipeline project has highlighted the strategic choice of its 28 member states. They either follow unilaterally defined national energy interests or stick strictly to the EU’s internal market policies and commonly declared energy secu...

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Dr. Frank Umbach
A third of all Russian gas exports to Western Europe pass through the Austrian gas hub in Baumgarten which explains its close energy dependence on Russia and its major importance to Gazprom and the Kremlin
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