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Canada-Germany-EU: Energy security and climate change

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The various long- and short-term developments led German decisionmakers to discover the importance of energy in the foreign policy field. In fact, Germany has quickly turned into one of the agenda setters on the EU level. Currently, it propagates an international or "foreign energy policy" ("Energie- Auenpolitik") for both Germany and the EU. In early February 2006, only weeks after the Rus sia- Ukraine pipeline confrontation, German Foreign Minister Frank- Walter Steinmeier coined the term "foreign energy policy" and referred to energy security as one of the three "most pressing global security issues" that "affect the future relations between Europe, Russia and the US." Speaking at the Munich conference on security policy, he acknowledged that any future energy policy "has a growing security policy dimension" and called for "German and European foreign policy [to] provide a framework for these developments." His assertion that "German foreign and security policy must of course address this strategic challenge" may sound familiar to North American ears, yet for Germany it symbolizes a fundamental departure from existing practices.4 German decision- maker s have realized that they have to find a political answer to the combined strategic challenge of a global race for energy and fragile producer regions. Energy is recognized to be the cause of potential future conflicts adversely affecting global security.5The new German debate on energy security is also a consequence of revived political interest in a comprehensive domestic energy strategy. As part of this strategy the German government held three national energy summits in 2006 and 2007, resulting in a comprehensive energy and climate policy program, which was officially embraced by the German government in December 2007. This national energy dialogue was supplemented by an international agenda. After the first domestic energy summit three working groups were founded, one of which explicitly dealt with the interna

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									Petra Dolata-Kreutzkamp


Canada-Germany-
EU
Energy security and climate change




During the German EU and G8 presidencies, energy security and climate
change were prominent issues on Berlin’s summit agenda. This was also re-
flected in the thematic emphasis of the Canada-EU high-level meeting in
early June 2007 in Berlin. The concluding joint statement specifically de-
clared “energy and climate security” to be one of the three main areas fo
								
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