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A New Middle East Mega-War Is Unfolding Right Before Our Eyes

A New Middle East Mega-War Is Unfolding Right Before Our Eyes

Iran is becoming increasingly aggressive…

Trump’s Dangerous Oil Price Game

Trump’s Dangerous Oil Price Game

Trump’s apparent escalation of the…

Geopolitics / Europe

POLAND: Shale Tax Policy Delay, Little Appeasement for Investors

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

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

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

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

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…

POLAND: Gazprom Foments Political Crisis

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

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

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

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

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…

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