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Geopolitics / Europe

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…

Russia-Germany Nord Stream Pipeline Under Way

Oct 01, 2010 at 11:03 | Global Intelligence Report

Russia has succeeded in getting funding for the Nord Stream gas pipeline (formerly North European Gas Pipeline, NEGP), which will go under the Baltic Sea to Germany. It obtained environmental…

Floating Alternative to Nabucco Pipeline Materializes

Sep 30, 2010 at 11:59 | Global Intelligence Report

The “floating alternative to the US-sponsored Nabucco” pipeline network to bring Central Asian gas supplies to Europe and the Mediterranean has begun to materialize, further transforming or limiting the prospects…

Rebuilding the Greek Economy

Sep 27, 2010 at 09:21 | Open Democracy

The way we talk about the economy has changed dramatically in the past few months. Before our own debt crisis erupted, public discourse was not very different from that in…

Scepticism Over Stress Testing of European Banks

Aug 09, 2010 at 09:20 | Robert M Cutler

The results of the bank stress test in Europe have been greeted with widespread skepticism; even though financial markets seem calmer, the system is not yet out of the woods.…

Defense and Security in the EU

Jun 23, 2010 at 08:26 | ISN Security Watch

As EU defense ministers prepare for formal meetings within the Foreign Affairs Council, the hope is that this will provide political impetus for the refinement and further development of the…

The Battle over Press Freedom in Azerbaijan

Jun 12, 2010 at 09:04 | ISN Security Watch

With elections coming up, the government of Azerbaijan may have reason to fear new freedoms provided by the internet's social networking tools. International journalists’ groups and Azerbaijani opposition figures are…

Turkey’s Growing Influence in the Balkans

Jun 09, 2010 at 08:11 | Charles Kennedy

Over the past two years, Turkey has launched a massive political, social, and economic offensive across the Balkans, focusing primarily on Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than two decades after Turkey first formally…

Poland’s Growing Military Power

Jun 06, 2010 at 11:30 | ISN Security Watch

Experiencing anxiety following the halting of US missile defense plans in Poland, Warsaw uses US technology to make its air force the biggest by far in Central Europe. Since the…

The EU’s Growing Impotence

Jun 06, 2010 at 04:05 | Ahto Lobjakas

At one level, the proposal by the EU high representative for foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, to abolish EU special representatives for the South Caucasus and Moldova is no more than…

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