by Kurt Volker
Sunday August 12, 2010
On the energy front, the European Union is financing interconnectors linking Central Europe to Germany’s and Western Europe’s gas pipeline network. Proponents of the Nabucco gas pipeline — intended to bring Azerbaijani and possibly Iraqi or Central Asian natural gas to Europe independent of Russia’s Gazprom behemoth — say they have never been so optimistic about prospects for success.
Another encouraging sign is that the upcoming Hungarian EU presidency has scheduled a spring 2011 summit meeting with its “Eastern Partnership” neighbors, renewing the EU’s engagement with states that Russia considers part of its sphere of influence.