The arrival of the European Council President will involve heads of government more frequently and intensively in the strategic decision making about crucial policy areas like macro-financial, energy/climate and external policies.
The images of the tsunami and the loss of life in Japan are horrifying. But before the sun set on the second day of this tragedy, Greenpeace International released an obscene, tasteless “I told you so.”
Gasoline and fuel prices have reached their highest level since the summer of 2007 when the oil price had peaked at $ 147/barrel. American consumers suffer more from the hike than Europeans, who are shielded by the revaluation of the Euro and high excise taxes softening the repercussions on fuel/gasoline prices. But US drivers having… » read more
The retiring President of the German Central Bank, Axel Weber, has most recently warned German citizens that the recent and still ongoing German “boom” will be followed by meagre years with the Gross National Product growing by a mere one percent annually, leaving very little room for wage increases.
OVER THE past five years, the US has witnessed a spectacular revival of its gas production thanks to newly developed technologies allowing the extraction of gas by injecting water and chemicals under high pressure and crushing rocks that contain gas at depths of several hundreds (or even thousands) of meters. Today, shale gas amounts to… » read more
‘Islam Awakes!‘ That’s what the news ticker said on the monitors of the press area of the European Council building on 4 February. Mubarak had already announced he was going. The European Council was in its usual secret session, closed to the press and closed to the public. On its agenda the topic of most… » read more
The EU’s use of the precautionary principle has become counter-productive – a tool manipulated by cunning political interests resulting in increased environmental-health risks. Its very raison d’être, to restore trust in science, has been turned on its head by activists and functionaries in the European Environment Agency […]
The EU has in recent months demonstrated that it is stuck between rhetoric on climate change and conflicting industrial interests. While the European Commission’s climate department maintains that the EU’s priority is to lead in climate change measures and take over global green tech markets, its trade people have been busy watering down South Korean… » read more