This Briefing Paper by Sharon Turner, Quentin Genard, Josh Robers and Imke Luebbeke reacts to the various visions of European energy and climate policies after 2020 that were presented by the European Commission and EU Member States until mid-2015.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) published today a series of interactive maps, illustrating various climate threats European cities face as well as cities’ capacity to respond to these threats.
Greece, which has long had friendly relations with Iran, is poised to play a key role in distributing Iranian to gas to Europe, if Iranian sanctions are lifted.
The Energy Union is already a fact. It represents a useful tool to help Europe overcome the patchwork of energy markets, which prevents the member states from agreeing on a common energy security policy.
Russia’s latest threats to cut off natural gas supplies to Kiev are part and parcel of its growing push to force the West to back down in the battle for Ukraine.
European leaders are under the delusion that they can solve Europe’s security of energy supply problem by creating a strong internal market, which they believe the rest of the world will be eager to serve.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Norway in mid-October, the first by an Indian head of state, was a signal of India’s rising profile in the Arctic.
EU Heads of State and Government have agreed the headline targets and the architecture for the EU framework on climate and energy for 2030.
Europe will face another catastrophic gas shortage this winter if the EU and its member states do not act fast to resolve a gas price dispute between Russia and Ukraine. Unbeknownst to many, Russia stopped supplying gas to Ukrainian consumers this summer because of a payment dispute.
The Energy Charter, signed in 1991 in The Hague in the post-cold War period mainly to harmonise energy relations between Europe and the former Soviet Union, is on the point of being transformed into a global instrument.
In Switzerland, economic policy is counted as one of eight security-political instruments. Because of the increasing demand, the scarcity and the power-political significance of energy resources, Energy Security increasingly matters in the security-political area.
On Wednesday 28 May EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger presented the European Commission’s new “European Energy Security Strategy” to journalists in Brussels.
Grand political strategy and everyday experience often have a lot in common. Try, for example, to swallow a salami whole, and you will probably choke to death. In the world of high politics, people behave no differently: they slice their salami before consuming it.