Europe, the EU and its 2050 energy storylines
This paper seeks to explore some of the conditions under which energy policy will be formulated in and by the EU over the next 40 years or so. The development of energy policy at the EU level is addressed from a wider historical perspective, taking into account a number factors that influence both the EU project and its energy supply security. Furthermore four storylines that are conceivable and inherently consistent are developed in this paper. They are labelled with names that refer not only to their content, but also to the type of global political and societal climate prevailing in the region.