“The Grand Chessboard” in The Eastern Mediterranean and The European Union
“The Grand Chessboard” in The Eastern Mediterranean and The European Union

Author : Samet ZENGİNOĞLU
Number of pages : 197-204

Abstract

The Eastern Mediterranean topic/issue is one of the main agenda items of international policy in the first quarter of the 21st century. The Eastern Mediterranean is an area where a power struggle is being faced in both regional and global context especially with the discovery of new energy sources. There is no doubt that the European Union (EU) has been developing various moves for the region due to being heavily dependent on outside energy sources. The EU has the purposes and policies for a direct intervention in the latest developments taking place in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially with the EU membership of the Greek Administration of Southern Cyprus. However, in addition to the debates regarding whether the newly found energy sources supply a sufficient amount, the EU’s intention to bypass Turkey causes economic, legal and political issues to deepen. The aim of the study is to present a broad outline within the framework of the power struggle in the Eastern Mediterranean and to evaluate the EU’s policies in this struggle axis.

Keywords

Eastern Mediterranean, Energy, The European Union.

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