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Geopolitics / Europe

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 | 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

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 | Jen Alic

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…

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