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Diskurz Evropské unie o energetických vztazích s Ruskem
The Eropean Union’s Discourse on Energy Relations with Russia

Author(s): Lukáš Tichý, Petr Kratochvíl
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: discourse analysis; energy security; European Union; Russian Federation

Summary/Abstract: The article explores the energy relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation. The focus is, however, not on the technical and institutional aspects of the relationship, but rather on the discursive formations that determine the prevailing interpretation of the relationship by each party. Building on the discourse analysis of 74 textual units produced by EU leaders and institutions, the article discovers the three most salient discursive formations, which centre respectively around three concepts: a) integration, b) liberalization, and c) diversification. The text goes on to assess the main features of these formations, their possible overlaps, and their influence upon EU-Russian energy ties.

  • Issue Year: XIX/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 95-112
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Czech