This month, with the Greek drama center stage in Europe, Mr. Putin, with his Ukraine war and his hand on the E.U. gas valve, waits briefly in the wings; meanwhile Berlin – thrust into “leadership” when Paris and London crept out the stage door – conducts the orchestra. And, any “trans-Atlantic partnership” to tackle Europe’s energy vulnerabilities requires Berlin and Washington coming together. How it that going?
To find out, I interviewed over a dozen Washington-based experts in European energy and geopolitics during April and May. My report on these interviews–along with some policy proposals in light of Brussels’ “institutional incapacities” and the “fundamental contradictions” of German leadership–is here: [PDF with a Table of Contents permitting navigation to sections of interest, etc.] or at the AICGS website [HTML].
Next, the plan is to find a grant to interview Berlin and perhaps Brussels energy experts for their viewpoints of European energy vulnerabilities and on eworking with the U.S. side.