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Geopolitics / Europe

Turkey’s Erdogan: Is the Damage Fatal?

Jun 10, 2013 at 16:54 | Charles Kennedy

Let’s watch Turkey’s ruling party elite hedge their bets over Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s longevity, as protests continue into their second week. The ruling Justice and Development Party…

TURKEY: Erdogan Fails to Regain Control

Jun 07, 2013 at 16:47 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: If Prime Minister Erdogan continues to mismanage a crisis in the form of 7 days running of mass anti-government protests, the highly influential Gulen Movement will surface to…

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…

Wake-Up Call for Turkey’s AKP

Jun 04, 2013 at 17:03 | Charles Kennedy

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Get Ready for More Energy Unrest in Bulgaria

May 16, 2013 at 17:18 | Charles Kennedy

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…

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…

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…

RUSSIA-ISRAEL: New Oil & Gas Geopolitics in the Mediterranean

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:44 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Russia’s announcement this week that a Gazprom subsidiary had signed a deal for Israel’s offshore Tamar gas field will exponentially strengthen Gazprom’s prowess in the massive Asian LNG…

Is Cameron About to Kill the EU

Jan 25, 2013 at 12:47 | Editorial Dept

Incident: British Prime Minister David Cameron is dangling a big choice before the country’s voters should his party win the next election: whether or not to quit the European Union. …

Albania – Dubious Deals

Jan 10, 2013 at 13:56 | Editorial Dept

Incident: The sale of Albpetrol to ostensibly US-based Vetro Energy in September has been stalled after Vetro failed to make the deposit to back the guarantee. Vetro Energy…

Europe Has Had Enough, But Can It Stand Up to Gazprom?

Sep 07, 2012 at 17:49 | Charles Kennedy

Gazprom has Europe’s natural gas market in a stranglehold and Europe is attempting to fight back, first with a raid last year on the Russian giant’s offices and then with…

Europe’s Ongoing Ambivalence Towards Turkish EU Membership

Jul 15, 2011 at 10:31 | John Daly

Amidst the European Union’s many problems, from the tanking of the economies of a number of its poorer member states to trying to prop up the euro, an issue from…

EU Unveils its Energy Strategy for the Next 10 Years

Nov 12, 2010 at 08:16 | Ahto Lobjakas

BRUSSELS -- The European Union's energy commissioner has unveiled the main outlines of a proposed joint EU energy strategy for the next 10 years. Presenting his "Energy 2020" strategy paper…

Azerbaijan Expands its Energy Options Following Further Nabucco Delays

Nov 08, 2010 at 09:07 | Eurasianet

With the Nabucco pipeline project still stuck on the drawing board, Azerbaijan is busy trying to broaden its energy export options. Over the past three months, Azerbaijan has made a…

Bosnian Elections See Moderate Gains, but Little Hope for Change

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:43 | Global Intelligence Report

More than 8,000 candidates from 39 political parties and 11 coalitions competed for seats in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s central parliament and tripartite presidency during 3 October elections. The Bosnian Croat and Bosniak…

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