The International Dimensions of the European Green Deal: The EU as a leader of the climate change diplomacy?

Research Paper by Konstantinos Papanikolaou



The European Green Deal is one of the most ambitious projects in contemporary European integration. The question is will the EGD have a positive impact on the European Union’s energy security and on its climate change global leadership?

The Green Deal is an effort to transform the European economy and the European consumption patterns. However, because it consists of a fundamental change of the European energy system and because it ranks highly on the EU policy agenda, it will also have consequences on the relationships between the EU and its partners as well as it will have a serious impact on Europe’s global policy priorities. This article presents the major international dimensions of the European Green Deal while examining the European Union’s climate change leadership in the contemporary international system.


About the author

Konstantinos Papanikolaou is a Phd student at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His Phd thesis refers to the balance of economic power between the EU and the other great powers during the global economic crisis. He holds a BA in European and International Studies from the University of Piraeus and an MA in European and International Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His main research interests include Global Political Economy and the External Relations of the EU.

#European Green Deal #Climate change diplomacy #global leadership #energy resources