September 2, 2018

Caucasus and Germany

Regional Players' Geopolitical Interests

Serhiy Polyovyk

Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel 's visit to the South Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) has become a responsible step towards confirming Germany's leading role in the formation and implementation of the European Union's economic and foreign policy. It can also be assumed that during the organization of the visit, this way or other was taken into consideration the Russian President's position on Germany's the demonstrative policy aimed at preserving its influence in Europe, in particular, by seeking ways to diversify the supply of gas and oil to the EU.

A special task that A. Merkel did accomplish was to demonstrate to the United States the flexibility of the Federal Republic of Germany's approach to energy supply to the European Union and to perceiving Washington's ultimate demands for supplying US liquefied natural gas to Europe.

But Chancellor Angela Merkel's active position in the South Caucasus can be seen as one of the elements of Germany's foreign policy, which will continue in relations with other key countries of the region, in particular Turkey.

One can also expect the European Union to continue taking active steps (led by Germany) to diversify its energy supplies and to hold talks with oil and gas supply countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The adjustment of the balance of these supplies and the transformation into a monopoly country and owner of a European gas hub remains Germany's geopolitical priority.

The article is available in Ukrainian