Marco Siddi

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    How national identity can explain divisions between EU member states over Russia

How national identity can explain divisions between EU member states over Russia

The EU introduced a series of sanctions against Russia following the Ukraine crisis, but divisions persist between EU member states over how to engage with its largest eastern neighbour. Drawing on a recent book, Marco Siddi writes that disagreements between EU member states over Russia stem not only from different national interests, but have their roots in national identity. […]

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    Despite Ukraine and legal disputes, the EU is unlikely to break from its reliance on Russian gas imports

Despite Ukraine and legal disputes, the EU is unlikely to break from its reliance on Russian gas imports

EU-Russia gas relations face a number of challenges, most notably the fallout from the Ukraine crisis, the impact of plans for new Russian pipelines, and recent legal disputes between Gazprom and the European Commission. Marco Siddi writes that despite protracted disagreement on these three issues, the two sides’ interdependence makes it likely that gas trade will continue without major […]

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    EU and Russian leaders should avoid turning WWII commemorations into quarrels over Ukraine

EU and Russian leaders should avoid turning WWII commemorations into quarrels over Ukraine

A number of commemorative events are planned for later this year to mark the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Marco Siddi writes that while the EU and Russia have both participated in previous commemorations, the Ukraine crisis has made joint events unlikely to take place in 2015. He argues that both sides should avoid […]

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    Who are the winners and losers from the cancellation of the South Stream pipeline?

Who are the winners and losers from the cancellation of the South Stream pipeline?

Vladimir Putin has announced that the construction of the South Stream pipeline, which was intended to transport gas from Russia across the Black Sea to South East Europe, is to be abandoned. Marco Siddi assesses the winners and losers from the cancellation of the project. He writes that while the key winner is likely to be Ukraine, countries in […]

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    Nord Stream has allowed Germany to take a stronger line with Russia, but other EU members cannot afford confrontation

Nord Stream has allowed Germany to take a stronger line with Russia, but other EU members cannot afford confrontation

The reliance of European states on Russian gas exports has been one of the key underlying factors in the Ukraine crisis. Marco Siddi writes on the role played by the Nord Stream gas pipeline in shaping Germany’s policy toward Russia. He notes that the existence of the pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, has […]

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