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GREECE: How Gazprom Will Get Control of Greece’s Pipeline Potential

Jun 07, 2013 at 16:39 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Greece sells off its state-owned natural gas company (DEPA/DEFSA) under insolvency pressure, a minor Russian holding steps in as a proxy for Russian giant Gazprom. Whoever gains…

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Wake-Up Call for Turkey’s AKP

Jun 04, 2013 at 17:03 | Jen Alic

Five days of protests in Turkey highlight the government’s horrific crisis mismanagement and serves as a wake-up call for the ruling party that was caught off guard, basking in its…

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Turkey: Game-Changing Oil & Gas Legislation Afoot

May 31, 2013 at 13:38 | Editorial Dept

We’ve noted recently that Turkey is a hot venue for both the majors and the juniors, but that there still hasn’t been that one big find to put the country…

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POLAND: Shale Tax Policy Delay, Little Appeasement for Investors

May 31, 2013 at 13:21 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Shale gas explorers in Poland get a bit of a boost (but not enough) as the government prepares to postpone shale gas production tax collection for five years…

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Politics Beats Benefits as Europe Favours Nabucco Over South Stream

May 30, 2013 at 16:59 | Economywatch

Despite possessing better financing and greater energy benefits compared to its competitors (namely the Nabucco pipeline), the proposed South Stream pipeline has faced considerable opposition in Europe – by countries…

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EU: Tighter Regulations for Explorers

May 24, 2013 at 13:34 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The EU’s new offshore oil and gas exploration legislation is designed to prevent another Gulf of Mexico incident and will force explorers to submit special hazard reports and…

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KURDISTAN: Understanding the Power Brokers

May 17, 2013 at 14:06 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Kurdistan is a good place to be right now for E&P companies, but navigating the playing field of power brokers and gatekeepers is a challenging necessity if you…

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Get Ready for More Energy Unrest in Bulgaria

May 16, 2013 at 17:18 | Jen Alic

Protests over high energy prices brought down the Bulgarian government in February, and elections last week have brought back essentially the same government so we can expect continued protests and…

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POLAND: Gazprom Foments Political Crisis

May 03, 2013 at 15:44 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The Polish government claims that EuroPolGaz negotiated a controversial MOU with Russian Gazprom in early April without its knowledge, and now it’s all about damage control over a…

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BULGARIA-RUSSIA: Bulgarian Govt Collapse Prompts Lash-Out at Russia

Mar 08, 2013 at 10:48 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Bulgaria’s scrapping of a Russian pipeline deal to carry Russian and Caspian oil to Greece is a response to the government’s collapse in February over energy prices that…

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