Marco Siddi

Senior Research Fellow - European Union Research Programme
Telephone +358 94327743
Mobile +358 503835368

Areas of expertise

EU-Russia relations, EU energy policy, politics of memory and identity in Europe, European security, Italy’s role in the European Union

Academic degrees

PhD in Politics, Universities of Edinburgh and Cologne, 2014

M.A. in International Studies, University of Vienna and Vienna School of International Studies, 2010

B.A. in History and German, University of Oxford, 2008

Selected publications

"German Foreign Policy towards Russia in the Aftermath of the Ukraine Crisis: A New Ostpolitik?", Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 68, no. 4, 2016

"The EU's Energy Union: a sustainable path to energy security?", The International Spectator, vol. 51, no. 1, 2016

"Privileged partners? Italy should use its leverage for constructive policies towards Russia", FIIA Briefing Paper 197/2016

"The EU’s gas relationship with Russia: solving current disputes and strengthening energy security", Asia Europe Journal, April 2016

"Germany’s evolving relationship with Russia: Towards a norm-based Ostpolitik?", in FIIA Report 2016/44

"Italy at loggerheads with the European Commission and Germany: has Matteo Renzi taken a euro-critical stance?", FIIA Comment 7/2016

"The EU-Russia gas relationship: new projects, new disputes?", FIIA Briefing Paper 183, 2015

"The EU's Energy Union: towards an integrated European energy market?", FIIA Briefing Paper 172, 2015

"Russia and the forging of memory and identity in Europe”, in Studia Diplomatica 65 (4), 2012, pp. 77-103

"The Russian ‘other’. The impact of national identity construction on EU-Russia relations”, in Edmund Ratka / Olga Spaiser (eds.),Understanding European Neighbourhood Policies: Concepts, Actors, Perceptions, Nomos, 2012, pp. 249-266

"Italy-Russia relations: politics, energy and other business”, in Ludvig Zsuzsa (ed.), East European Studies 4. Eurasian Challenges: Partnerships with Russia and other issues of the post-Soviet area, Institute of World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2012, pp. 73-92

"Abkhazia, Kosovo and the right to external self-determination of peoples”, Central Asia and the Caucasus 12 (1), 2011, pp. 62-70

Recent comments

"Nord Stream 2: Commercial Project or Geopolitical Threat?", Center on Global Interests, 17 June 2016 

"Nord Stream 2: Opportunities and Dilemmas", Jacques Delors Institute Berlin, Background Note, 10 May 2016

"Germany: The EU’s new foreign policy engine”, LSE EUROPP, 25 April 2016

Refugee and migrant arrivals in the EU in 2016: who are we talking about?", Open Democracy, 11 April 2016

"Despite Ukraine and legal disputes, the EU is unlikely to break from its reliance on Russian gas", LSE EUROPP, 12 October 2015 (Italian version on AffarInternazionali, available here)

"Europe does not have a 'migration problem': it has a xenophobia problem", FIIA Column, 15 September 2015

"Greece and immigration: the nadir of European Integration", Open Democracy, 1 July 2015

"EU and Russian leaders should avoid turning WWII commemorations into quarrels over Ukraine", LSE EUROPP, 22 April 2015

"Who are the winners and losers from the cancellation of the South Stream pipeline?”, LSE EUROPP, 18 December 2014

"Nord Stream and German-Russian energy relations during the Ukraine crisis”, EU Energy Policy Blog, 16 November 2014

"The 2015 UN conference on climate change: towards a new EU failure?”, Open Democracy, 18 November 2014 (Italian version on AffarInternazionali)

"Rising Euroscepticism and the dominance of national interests”, EU-28 Watch, Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin, September 2014

"A difficult presidency” (together with N. Koenig), Diplomatist, August 2014

"The environmental and economic case against Donald Tusk's energy union”, Open Democracy3 July 2014

"The abuse of history in the Ukrainian crisis”, Open Democracy, 5 May 2014


English, Italian, German, French (working languages), Russian (receptive skills)