Energy & climate

Le trappole del Energy Bill varato dal governo britannico

Stephen Tindale
17 December 2012
Onoff-blog.it
Il governo britannico ha pubblicato il nuovo Energy Bill. Il piano energetico deve ancora sottostare all’approvazione del Parlamento per cui è probabile che questa non sia la versione definitiva.
Letter to Werner Hoyer, president, EIB

Letter to Werner Hoyer, president, EIB

Stephen Tindale
31 October 2012
The European Investment Bank is consulting on energy lending. It should cease lending to high-carbon coal.

A letter to David Cameron

Stephen Tindale, George Monbiot, Fred Pearce, Michael Hanlon, Mark Lynas
15 March 2012
Mark Lynas.org
Dear Mr Cameron,
We write because we believe you have been misled by four prominent environmentalists who contacted you recently about nuclear power.

Is Ukraine fit for the EU?

Tomas Valasek
24 August 2009
The Wall Street Journal
The European Union just helped put together a consortium of international banks to offer Kiev up to $3.6 billion in loans to buy Russian gas.

Why can't Europe and Turkey get along

Katinka Barysch
02 April 2009
Time Europe
Now that Turkey's local elections are out of the way, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is free to focus on economic and political reforms.

The Runway 3 red herring

22 January 2009
The Guardian
Simon Jenkins, Martin Kettle and Polly Toynbee are columnists I respect and quite often agree with. So when they - and many Comment is Free contributors - join the George Monbiots of this world in attacking the proposed third runway for Heathrow, I read them carefully.

Pipe down, price up

Tomas Valasek
06 January 2009
The Guardian
The Russian-Ukrainian gas dispute is turning from a bilateral spat into a regional crisis. EU countries that share a border with Ukraine have reported dramatic drops in the volume of gas deliveries.

Review: Pipelines, politics, and power: The future of EU-Russia energy relations

Philip Gordon
02 January 2009
International Affairs
As energy prices rose dramatically during the early years of this decade, Europeans began to realize the degree to which their dependence on Russia for energy supplies complicated an already difficult relationship. Russia's abrupt application of market prices to gas exports to Ukraine in 2006 (which led Ukraine, in turn,...

The bear's Achilles heel

15 August 2008
The Guardian
For many American commentators, plucky little Georgia has been the victim of Russian imperialism. The Guardian's Seumas Milne takes an simplistic view: Russia is blameless for a war caused by US "expansion".

Russia-China: Axis of Convenience

Bobo Lo
20 May 2008
Open democracy
The China threat looms large in the Russian imagination, but is not justified by the facts suggests Bobo Lo, writing for openDemocracy's new collaboration on Russia and the world.

Global Perspectives 2008

Katinka Barysch
01 January 2008
International Affairs Forum
Insisting that the EU must unblock accession talks with Ankara in the energy area if it is serious about diversifying its supply, the December 2007 paper by Katinka Barysch from the Centre for European Reform (CER) claims that Turkey can make a "substantial contribution" to Europe's energy security.
Barysch argues that...

Liberalizar para protegerse mejor

Katinka Barysch
07 November 2007
Cinco Dias
El respaldo a los planes para liberalizar el mercado del gas es la mejormanera de aliviar el temor al creciente papel de Gazprom en Europa, según la autora, que se sumaal Debate Abiertosobre los límites de laUE a la inversión extranjera. Ensu opinión, separar las redes evitaría el abuso de...

A new deal with Russia?

01 November 2007
Prospect
"The Soviet Union was easier to deal with than Russia is today," says a senior French diplomat. "Sometimes the Soviets were difficult, but you knew they were being obstructive in order to achieve an objective. Now Russia seeks to block the west systematically on every subject, apparently without a purpose."
Relations...

Europe's carbon market needs a policeman

28 September 2007
Financial Times
Leaders from across the world met this week at the United Nations in New York to discuss how to combat climate change. Europeans rightly queued up to criticise the US for refusing to cap emissions of greenhouse gases.

The EU's premier foreign policy is enlargement

09 February 2007
DW-World.de
At the annual security conference, which opens in Munich on Friday, Javier Solana will be awarded a prize for his efforts in promoting peace as the EU's foreign policy chief.

Failed EU entrance could mean stronger ties to Russia

Charles Grant, Katinka Barysch
26 November 2006
Zaman online
According to a British think-tank, the Centre for European Reform (CER), if EU membership negotiations were postponed, Turkey would look for a new alliance, perhaps in Russia.

What to do about Russia?

22 October 2006
The Guardian
Perhaps the most important challenge for EU foreign policy is to develop a more unified approach to Russia. The EU member-states have very similar interests in Russia.

India joins the west

Mark Leonard
01 November 2005
Prospect
Last month saw a small geopolitical revolution: India backed the west against Iran.
One of the most significant geopolitical events of the decade has gone almost unnoticed in the west: at September's meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, India joined the US and the EU in backing a resolution condemning...

Counting the cost of climate change

Alasdair Murray
03 September 2004
E!Sharp
Many European businesses are questioning why the EU is prepared to increase costs unilaterally when the benefits of the Kyoto approach to combating climate change appear so limited, writes Alasdair Murray of the Centre for European Reform.