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Energy 23-05-2019

The US isn’t protecting oil supplies from the Middle East, it wants to control prices as foreign policy

America’s extensive use of military and economic coercion in the Middle East and other oil-producing countries around the world reflects the US’s new position as an exporter of oil and liquefied natural gas, argues Robin Mills. Robin Mills is the...
Europe's East 15-02-2019

Ukraine’s elections highlight deep divides over natural gas

The direction of Ukraine’s energy policies is of great interest to observers in Brussels and the European capitals, as a stable and prosperous Ukraine would increase overall European energy security, writes Robert Rapier.
Electricity 12-07-2018

Energy and cyber security: The other capacity gap

Europe’s energy companies have made real progress on cyber security in many ways. But actions speak louder than words, and cyber security needs to be a core component of any utility’s strategy, argues Michael John.
Energy 16-04-2018

Forget the skills gap, in energy cyber security, it’s a chasm

There are frighteningly few cyber security experts with the right skills in the electricity industry, warns Michael John. While there is room for hope in the longer-term, he outlines what can be done now to plug the gaps.
Energy 19-06-2017

Energy security: Lowering ambition and leaving Ukraine out in the cold

Short-sightedness and lack of solidarity have hollowed out the energy package. While there are certain positive developments in the Security of Gas Supply Regulation, the EU is simply not up to the game in the new reality of energy geopolitics.
Energy 20-01-2017

Securing Europe’s energy future with efficiency and renewables

The European Commission's plans to deliver clean energy for all Europeans fail becuase they do not do enough to boost energy efficiency and renewables, writes Dr Yamina Saheb. Only a 40% EU-wide energy efficiency target makes sense.
Energy 15-06-2016

Build a new Energy Union

Energy is the lifeblood of society, but it has become yet another negative punch bag in the UK referendum campaign, with claims and counterclaims about costs. But there is a simple and very positive story to be told, writes Michael Grubb.
Energy 09-05-2016

Europe’s energy policy: Running out of fuel?

Energy security continues to top Europe’s agenda, as proved by the sustainable energy security package unveiled by the Commission in February. Although a step in the right direction, it falls short of ensuring true solidarity in case of supply disruptions, writes Zdzisław Krasnodębski.
Global Europe 15-01-2016

The EU and Turkey: Tactical moves, or a golden opportunity?

Confronted by so many internal headaches, the European Union has ruled out enlargement until the end of the decade. The recent decision to revive stalled membership negotiations with Turkey is therefore curious, write Mehmet Ö?ütçü and Stephen Jones.
China 15-12-2015

Gazprom falters

Gazprom's Russian rivals will use the company's financial difficulties as an opportunity to break the giant's hold on the Russian natural gas sector, writes Stratfor, the Texas-based global intelligence company.
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Energy 30-11-2015

Role of gas in EU energy policy must be recognised

Norway has the resources needed to remain a major, reliable and long-term supplier of gas to Europe for many decades to come. But the industry needs clear signals from the market to choose a pipeline connection to Europe, writes Tord Lien.

Why the EU must ditch gas in favour of efficiency and renewables

Gas should play no part in the EU’s energy transition: policy makers must see through the industry’s lobbying and invest in renewables and energy efficiency, argues Brook Riley.
Energy 07-09-2015

European pipeline politics need US support

The EU’s external energy security is in Washington’s longterm interest, especially at the time of renewed rivalry between the West and Moscow, writes Jaros?aw Wi?niewski .
Energy 06-08-2015

Europe’s thorny Energy Diplomacy

It is neither acceptable nor possible for European countries to achieve energy security on the back of a fossil fuel strategy that will undermine democracy, human rights, and climate security, writes Luca Bergamaschi.
Energy 27-07-2015

Energy Union must not focus solely on climate

There will be a price to pay for the continuing focus on fighting climate change at the expense of ensuring the EU's industrial competitiveness, writes Marek Gróbarczyk. 
Energy 03-07-2015

Russia’s gas pipeline strategy and Europe’s alternatives

Europe depends heavily on Russian gas, but Gazprom’s plan to stop using Ukrainian pipelines will require a new EU strategy, writes Chi-Kong Chyong.
Energy 30-04-2015

Securing European electricity markets

The time for member states to pull together and address Europe's need for greater energy security has never been better, writes Stephen Woodhouse.
Armenia 14-04-2015

The European struggle for the East

The Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP) lacks a more tailored approach to partner countries as well as comprehensive security element, wrotes Václav Lídl.
Med & South 26-02-2015

Does diversification of supply routes really deliver energy security?

Simply diversifying energy supply routes does not necessarily guarantee energy security, writes Luca Bergamaschi after the European Commission published its plans for Energy Union.
Energy 25-02-2015

New South Stream will be Russia’s ‘route of friendship’

Thwarted in one attempt to build a gas pipeline to southeast Europe, the Kremlin is working with a small circle of allies to lay the groundwork for an alternative that would help it maintain leverage in its rivalry with the West, write Krisztina Than and Michael Kahn.
Energy 13-01-2015

A majority of Bulgarians want South Stream to be built

By freezing the Russia-favoured South Stream gas pipeline project, Sofia had no ability to refuse the Brussels-imposed sanctions on one of its largest trade partners, writes Szilvia Batkov.
Energy 17-12-2014

MEP vote for EU accord with Georgia will unleash mutual benefits

The benefits for Georgia of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement are beyond doubt. But the Union has also a lot to gain from this step, writes Tamar Beruchashvili.
Energy 12-12-2014

Cancellation of South Stream makes economic sense

On December 1, 2014 Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would abandon construction of an ambitious $40 billion project - the South Stream gas pipeline. Hedvika Ko?ousková and Martin Jirušek comment on the wider context of this decision.
Energy 24-11-2014

Lithuania has become the EU’s good pupil in energy policy, but…

With the launch of the 'Independence’ energy project, Lithuania’s long-and-hard-fought striving for energy diversity and security has definitely seen a big boost, writes Linas Jegelevi?ius.