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The European Project and Geopolitics of Energy, Spring 2012
Even though the European project is not “complete” yet, from a geopolitical point of view the EU has by and large been a success, particularly in the economic field. However, the Eurozone has been recently experiencing negative growth, also fuelled by an increase in energy prices. This outcome has been partially caused by Russia’s growing weight, as the EU’s main energy supplier, on the EU's geopolitical and economic stability. In order to offset Russian power and influence on the EU, Turkey and Ukraine should be considered as important partners in the EU’s energy policy. This could also be an important step towards the finalization of the “European project” in general.