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Belarus and Ukrainan rebels keep death penalty alive in Europe

Belarus, recent host of the Minsk Ceasefire summit, was the only country in Europe and Central Asia to execute prisoners last year. But, after reintroducing capital punishment in territory they … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Joint gas buying on EU leaders’ summit agenda

EXCLUSIVE: EU leaders will discuss how best to strengthen the bloc’s bargaining power, including the collective buying of gas, when they debate the European Commission communication on Energy Union. Chairing … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Commission wants to vet member states’ energy deals

Member states’ energy deals with non-EU nations should be scrutinised by the European Commission before they are signed, according to a draft plan for the flagship Energy Union that outlines a strategy … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

UKIP blames MEPs and Verhofstadt for deaths of Ukrainians

MEPs “directly encouraged” the deaths of young Ukrainians by interfering in the Ukraine, a UK Independence Party politician told the European Parliament yesterday (15 January). Janice Atkinson’s comments in Strasbourg … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Barriers to infrastructure investment blocking Energy Union

Energy Union, the flagship initiative to wean the EU off its dependence on Russian gas, faces regulatory, financial and political obstacles that can delay or prevent funding for vital infrastructure, … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mogherini pushes Kerry for energy chapter in TTIP

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini yesterday (3 December) pushed for the inclusion of an energy chapter in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) during talks with US … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

EU dependent on Russian gas for ‘foreseeable future’, warns IEA

The European Union will remain dependent on Russian pipeline gas imports for the “foreseeable future”, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned. As domestic fossil fuel production continues to decline … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

EU, US promote alternative projects, following South Stream failure

The cancellation of the South Stream pipeline project will not make the European Union more vulnerable to shortages caused by Russia cutting off gas to the Ukraine, senior EU and … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

IEA: Sub-Saharan Africa will produce more gas than Russia

Sub-Saharan Africa will outstrip Russia as a global gas supplier by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), spurring European Union efforts to wean itself off its Russian gas … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

US advises Ukraine ahead of winter gas subsidy cuts

Ukraine’s generous energy subsidies could be cut before winter as part of the international effort to wean the crisis-hit country off Russian gas and introduce economic reforms, a high-ranking US … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

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