Eastern Europe is hampered by unclear legislation and differences over how to break out of its energy dependence on Russia. That is good for Gazprom and bad for Europe.
Russia has one Achilles’ heel in its tough stance: its energy dependence. If the EU can hit that weak spot, the power equation between the West and Moscow will start to change.
Every week a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Germany’s ongoing energy revolution is beset with technical, regulatory, and economic challenges. For it to be a success, the country’s energy sector needs radical reform.
The U.S. shale gas revolution is having a big effect on European manufacturing. New transatlantic trade talks should focus European minds on energy market reforms.
A recent adaptation of Wagner’s Ring cycle makes a provocative analogy with American oil, but misses the importance of the shale gas revolution sweeping the United States.
Every week leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Europe’s dream of constructing its own gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Austria is no more. That raises important questions about the EU’s energy strategy and the role of Russia.
Whatever the costs to democracy and transparency, Russia is fighting hard to retain its influence in Eastern Europe by controlling the energy sector. The nexus between energy and corruption needs to be broken.
The United States is becoming self-sufficient in gas. Europe needs to change if it is to avoid a dramatic loss of competitiveness.
China, with its enormous population of over a billion people, is going through extraordinary social, economic, and political upheaval.
The EU must increase its political and economic involvement in Moldova in order to weaken Russia's influence.
Azerbaijan's energy resources are no excuse for Europe's disregard for human rights. Values and interests can be separated.
The energy landscape in Europe and the United States has fundamentally changed since the Nabucco gas pipeline was first proposed and it is time for the EU to ditch Nabucco.
Consumer awareness and the flow of information in the globalized economy could help shape a Europe-wide rare earth strategy that could have a positive impact on authoritarian regimes.