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Kazakhstan’s president proposes Constitutional reforms referendum

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed on April 29 holding a referendum in the Central Asian country on the draft amendments to the Constitution and...

High gas prices push up electricity cost in EU

High energy prices in recent months have drawn attention from the European Commission, highlighting the importance of energy security, especially in times when global...

EU Commission launches competition for next Green Capital

The European Commission called on December 15 on European cities embarking on the path to sustainability to apply for the 2024 European Green Capital...

Poland’s wind power secures EBRD financing

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on December 16 the bank will lend PLN 175 million (€38.9 million equivalent) for the...

MEPs reach deal with Council on EU-backed energy projects

The updated rules to select which energy projects will receive EU support were informally agreed between Members of the European Parliament and the Slovenian...

New EU framework to decarbonize gas markets, promote hydrogen, cut methane emissions

The European Commission adopted on December 15 a set of legislative proposals to decarbonise the EU gas market by facilitating the uptake of renewable...

Bulgaria’s new government maintains Enlargement veto

While Bulgaria’s November 14 elections managed to break the political logjam that had paralyzed the country for most of 2021, which required three consecutive...

Biden and Putin talk, but about what?

Although it is stating the obvious, Russia has been at war with Ukraine since 2014.The recent video summit between president Biden and Putin as...

Conflict in Ukraine and Kosovo are connected

Vladimir Putin claims that protecting ethnic Russians justifies military action against Ukraine. Putin’s concern for Ukraine’s Russian minority is bombastic. His greater global goal...

Amateur hour for US diplomacy in Albania

On December 11, Sali Berisha, a two-term Prime Minister and President of Albania, was addressing some ten thousand jubilant Democratic Party congress participants in...

It’s time to rebrand or put the idea of a European Defense Force to rest

There are a few reoccurring issues that come up around the EU water cooler and that is the idea of a European Defense Force,...

The Digital Services Act is important for Europe’s large companies and SMEs

We want to make Europe a digital global leader. American and Asian digital companies are taking the lead in the digital field, whereas European...

BP acquires EV fleet charging provider AMPLY Power in US

BP said on December 7 the UK company took its first major step into electrification in the US with the acquisition of AMPLY Power,...

EU approves €3 billion Spanish scheme to support electric vehicles

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €3 billion Spanish scheme to support research, development and innovation (RD&I), as well...

Poland to boost residential energy efficiency with help from EBRD, BNP Paribas

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Poland’s major lender BNP Paribas Bank Polska (BNPPL) have agreed a landmark scheme to improve...

Croatian scheme to support electricity production from renewables gets EU nod

A Croatian aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources complies with EU State aid rules, the European Commission’s antitrust chief said on...

Tales of mystery and imagination in Skopje – Part 2

North Macedonia’s conservative opposition failed in its November 11 bid to topple Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s government. This happened only because ruling coalition lawmakers...

Israel, Greece, Cyprus seeing green energy future

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades met in Jerusalem on December 7 where they reaffirmed...

Serbia, Rosatom ink deal to build a Center for Nuclear Science and Technology in Serbia

The Serbian government and Russia’s state atomic corporation Rosatom signed a General Framework Agreement to construct a Center for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST)...

Support for frontline staff and volunteers is key to overcoming Europe’s fresh COVID onslaught

In many ways, Europe is far better placed to withstand its second pandemic winter. Though cases are surging across the continent and the new...

Why Biden shouldn’t use the ‘Summit for Democracy’ to start more Cold Wars

On December 9 and 10, President Biden will host a virtual “Summit for Democracy.” The gathering will bring together leaders from 110 countries who...

Change is coming to Berlin: What Col. Douglas Macgregor thinks about Germany’s new foreign policy

Incoming German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tapped Green Party co-leader Annalena Baerbock as foreign minister.Baerbock, a 40-year-old diplomatic novice, has consistently espoused liberal interventionist...

Europe must prepare for the consequences of the Taliban takeover

In the two months since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, Europe has borne witness to the tragic consequences of the terror group’s...

EU, Hungary sign MoU under the Battery Alliance

At the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the Hungarian National Reskilling Programme under the European Battery Academy, European Commission Vice President Maros...

EBRD facilitates renewable energy investment in Central and Eastern Europe

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the transition of Photon Energy NV (Photon Energy), a renewable energy developer and independent...

Oil climbs as OPEC+ may delay further supply recovery if there is a slump in demand

Oil prices climbed on December 3 after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and oil producing allies led by Russia, a grouping...

Ukraine: Determining its destiny through the control of its narrative

Modern Ukraine will only affirm its independent sovereignty as a European state when it retains control over the creation of its historic narrative and...

With mirror clauses, Brussels can keep its environmental promises

When the EU proposed its anti-deforestation law in November, Brussels lawmakers were expecting pushback from a number of key trading partners. Expectedly, Brazil hit...

Masdar inks deal to develop Armenias largest solar power plant

UAE’s Masdar has signed an agreement with the Government of Armenia to develop a 200-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. The Ayg-1 project will...

UAE, Kazakhstan to explore opportunities in the energy sector

Samruk-Kazyna, the sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan, said on December 1 it has signed a long-term strategic agreement with Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company,...

The virtuous circle of what’s needed to trigger Europe’s digital sovereignty

Like a prism that changes according to the perspective through which it is observed, there are many possible interpretations of the concept of digital...

New US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 to keep pressure on Russia

The United States on November 22 imposed new sanctions on the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.The US, Ukraine...

30 years ago the stroke of a pen in a snowy Belarussian forest changed the world

The old gentlemen who had come to Vienna were visibly emotional as they recounted the circumstances surrounding the signing of the treaty that officially dissolved...

Interview with Melanie Huml, Bavaria’s State Minister for European and International Affairs

With the announcement Germany will be led by a new left-learning government, following two months of often tense negotiations and political horse-trading, NE Global...

COP26: call for more global climate action

On November 24, Members of the European Parliament debated with Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, and the Council Presidency, the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed...

Ministers from Europe and Central Asia endorse new roadmap to reduce risk of disasters amid Covid-19 crisis

Governments across Europe and Central Asia have backed a roadmap towards preventing future disasters including new pandemics in the face of growing threats from...

Orsted explores renewable hydrogen, green fuels in Denmark

COPENHAGEN – At the Orsted’s construction site at the Avedore Power Plant located just south of Copenhagen, the Danish multinational power company is currently...

Commission approves EU funding for nature, environment and climate action projects

The European Commission approved on November 25 an investment package of more than €290 million for 132 new projects under the LIFE programme for...

Tackling oil prices, US to release 50 mln barrels of crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

In response to the highest oil prices in seven years, the Biden administration has taken a decisive action to address lack of supply and...

New list of Projects of Common Interest to strengthen EU energy market

The European Commission adopted on November 19 a list of key cross-border energy infrastructure for building a more integrated and resilient EU internal energy...

Commission presents tools to curb EU-driven deforestation and forest degradation

In the framework of the European Green Deal, the EU Commission adopted on November 17 three new initiatives to curb EU-driven deforestation, as well...

EU, South East Asia launch Green Team Europe Initiative to protect the environment

During the 3rd ASEAN-EU Dialogue on Sustainable Development, European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen launched on November 18 a Green Team Europe...

Third Bulgarian election in 2021 appears to break the logjam

In Bulgaria’s November 14 elections, the tough anti-corruption oriented “We Continue the Change” party (PP), won 25.7% of the vote, based on a nearly-complete...

Germany suspends Nord Stream 2 certification delaying commissioning well into 2022

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (BnetzA) suspended its certification of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany on November 16 which...

The power of investigative journalism

In February 2018, a young Slovak investigative journalist named Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend, Martina Kusnirova, were brutally murdered in their home in Velka...

Building an energy company of the future: Why innovation is essential for the oil and gas industry to survive

As COP26 gathers pace, along with the recent Dutch court ruling that Shell must reduce its emissions by 45% by 2030, and in the...

Millicom becomes largest foreign investor in Guatemala

Millicom, the Luxembourg headquartered company that sells mobile and broadband services in Latin America and Africa, said on November 11 that it will buy...

Lukashenko would not dare cut gas supplies to EU without Kremlin’s permission

Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to cut gas supplies to Europe transiting his country if the European Union imposed further sanctions in response...

Crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border

Using human lives to blackmail the governments of rival nations is as old as human civilization. In recent years, however, countries such as Turkey,...

Why it’s important to save the independent Kyiv Post

When I returned to Ukraine to work for the Kyiv Post, I had a vague plan to stay for three years. Two years of combing...

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