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The European Union has announced a $2.3-million feasibility study of a natural gas pipeline between Cyprus and Europe — one of the continent’s latest efforts to reduce its dependence on Russian gas. Cyprus has had success developing gas fields off its eastern and southern coasts that are closer to Europe than Middle Eastern gas. Although… » read more

  Posted by The Eurasian Policy & Energy Hub

Ahead of a referendum in the Netherlands on the association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, Olexi Pasyuk from the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine discusses the agreement’s importance for Ukraine’s civil society and why Europe must still improve how it engages with the country. by Olexi Pasyuk, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. (The… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Guest blog post by Leo Watson, freelance writer.   Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has stated that Poland will not take any refugees, a day after the terror attacks on Brussels. In January, Szydlo announced that 400 refugees would be accepted by Poland, but has now gone back on that decision. Szydlo did not cite security… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Current EU support is not just a distraction from the energy path Ukraine needs to take, it also puts countless communities in Ukraine and abroad at risk. by Iryna Holovko, Ukrainian campaigner for Bankwatch (cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog) European decision makers had good intentions, but in their efforts to help ensure Ukraine’s energy security,… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Oil production has outstripped demand to the point that the world has a 1-billion-barrel surplus that will take at least five years to work off, industry analysts say. Until the backlog is gone, oil prices will wallow, although where they will be at in a given month or year is hard to predict, the experts… » read more

  Posted by The Eurasian Policy & Energy Hub

Seventy years ago, the organization of United Nations was officially founded in San Francisco, the city I live in at this time. A few days ago, I went to see the mural commemorating this event in the city’s landmark cathedral, Grace Cathedral on California St. Painted by the Bolivian-American artist Antonio Sotomayor, the mural depicts… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

Guest blog post by Andrea Lorenzo Capussela, author of State-Building in Kosovo: Democracy, Corruption and the EU in the Balkans. Kosovo’s authorities have illegally arrested one third of the parliamentary opposition, including its main leader. The European Parliament expresses concern, but refuses to condemn the arrests. In their desire to assist Kosovo, now in a… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

On December 2, 2015, the foreign ministers of NATO member states, including the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, agreed to grant a membership invitation to Montenegro.[1] In response to this indisputable historical fact, the New York Times published two articles, a front page article and an editorial,… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

No-one will ‘freeze to death’ if the planned lignite-fired power plant in Kosovo does not receive support from multilateral development banks, but if it does, low-income households may well end up choosing between electricity and food. How can an institution, whose very mission is to end poverty, justify this project? by Visar Azemi, Coordinator at… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Guest blog post by Peter Van Elsuwege, Professor of European Union Law at Ghent University. When he started his term in office about a year ago, European Commission President Juncker expressed a general feeling of ‘enlargement fatigue’. The message was clear: no major progress was to be expected in the process of EU enlargement in… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

During a training course on geopolitics, just a few days after the Paris terrorist attacks, I was asked whether there are “geopolitical advantages and disadvantages” for countries and, if so, which are the disadvantages for Romania, considering the current challenges Europe is facing. My reply was that there are no advantages and disadvantages – there… » read more

  Posted by Global Perspectives - Antonia Colibasanu

In November 17-18 Greek PM Tsipras meets with Turkish PM Davutoglu and the President Erdogan in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. The Greek PM is expected to discuss a number of issues, with the refugee crisis on top of the agenda. Alexis Tsipras’ visit in Turkey comes in a turbulent time… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

It’s no secret that Poland is not the biggest proponent of ambitious European climate and energy policies. Rather than give Poland the extra nudge it needs to transform its increasingly obsolete energy system, the Energy Union risks sustaining – and legitimising – the Polish addiction to fossil fuels.   by Julia Krzyszkowska, cross-posted from the… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

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