New paper by Áron Buzogány “EU Renewable Energy Governance and the Ukraine War: Moving Ahead Through Strategic Flexibility?” has been published in the journal Politics and Governance.
We investigate differentiation in the EU renewable energy policy in response to the crisis stirred by Russia’s full‐scale invasion of Ukraine. We find that the EU successfully used the Ukraine crisis to increase the ambition of renewable energy policy, but this was accompanied by various and often novel forms of differentiation. Rather than formally exempting countries from common EU provisions (differentiated integration), EU decision‐makers strategically incorporated flexibility in implementation, often tailored to a few outlier countries. Strategic flexibility was instrumental in overcoming political disagreements among national governments and adopting a more ambitious and comprehensive renewable energy policy.