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by Wahlström, Jonas

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The purpose of this essay is to study whether the European Union’s attitude toward Russia has changed the last decade and if this change can be traced to the ever growing energy trade between the two partners during the same time period The hypothesis of the essay is that there is a connection between the growing energy trade and the rhetorical politics. My suggestion is that the energy trade provides an incentive for European leaders to avoid sensitive subjects that could disturb the trade relations between the EU and Russia. To investigate a change in attitude over time content analysis is widely considered as a suitable method. With a starting point in Buzan’s securitization theory and with the results of the content analysis I reach the conclusion that with the rise of the energy trade between Russia and the EU there is a downfall in discussions concerning democracy, human rights, rule of law and therefore I argue that the hypothesis presented is confirmed.Keywords: Russia, EU, Energy Trade, Securitization, Buzan,
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School:Växjö universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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Date of Publication:09/16/2008

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