Energy security

Serious about European competitiveness? Go for shale gas


By Hubert Mandery is Director General at CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council

Across the Atlantic, a shale gas revolution is sweeping the United States, helping re-vitalise the economy, while Europeans are held back by environmental concerns. Such concerns are not to be taken lightly but each can be addressed. READ MORE

Lavrov In Tehran: Results And Controversy

By Anton Evstratov

Sergey Lavrov's visit to Tehran was one of the most anticipated events for Russian foreign policy in the current year . READ MORE

New 'super minister' to redefine Germany's energy transition

By Edgar Meza

Sigmar Gabriel will head a combined economy and energy ministry in Germany's new coalition government with a focus on lowering energy prices and boosting industrial output while rebooting the energy transition. READ MORE

PM: Estonia and Latvia will soon make a decision about the NPP construction in Lithuania

Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said that in two weeks’ time Estonia and Latvia will decide whether they are still interested in the nuclear power plant (NPP) project in Lithuania, writes www.delfi.lt with reference to the news agency BNS. READ MORE

Circle of despair: energy crisis in Kyrgyzstan


By Viktoriya Zhavoronkova

There is no place like home especially in winter, that is when you have a home with appropriate conveniences to return to. This unfortunately is a dream for many Kyrgyz people. READ MORE

EU countries ask for help to escape from South Stream 'mess'


Six EU countries are in "a mess" over the bilateral deals they signed with Russia on the South Stream gas pipeline, with Bulgaria the most desperate to get EU help, European Commission officials told. READ MORE

Global recession from West to East

By Pr.Kamran Dadkhah, Senior Economist

There seems to be pessimism in the air regarding the economic prospects of the West and by extension the world. In its recent report, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revised downward its estimates of growth for many countries. It lowered the overall growth rate forecast of the Euro Zone for 2013 and 2014 each by 0.5 per cent. For the entire OECD, the forecast has been lowered by 0.6 per cent for 2013 and 0.2 per cent for 2014. READ MORE

Exclusive: Iran’s Foreign Minister Says Sanctions Would Kill Nuclear Deal

By Robin Wright

In a wide-ranging interview with TIME in Tehran , Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif spoke to writer and Iran expert Robin Wright about how the Geneva nuclear deal came together, how the government has to appeal to Iran’s own parliament not to undermine the interim pact, and how any new sanctions passed by the United  States Congress would kill the deal. READ MORE