Between National Interests and the Greater Good: Struggling towards a Common European Union Energy Policy in the Context of Climate Change

The strategy paper Renewable Energy: a major player in the European energy market of the European Commission describes a remarkably fast development of "green" energy sources in recent years. Yet, to continue this trend in the future, the underlying political framework has to be reliable. Creating a favorable environment through investment incentives and the integration of renewable sources of energy into a common European Union (EU) energy market is therefore key.