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Europe moves to reduce energy dependency on Russia

The Ukrainian crisis and sour relations with Russia highlight the need to address the EU’s energy security issues. The recent EU Ypres summit decision might be an important step in this direction. In late May, the European Commission unveiled the new European Energy Security Strategy (EESS) with key recommendations on how to improve the EU’s […]

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EU-India trade agreement stalled by EU politics

The EU and India have negotiated an ambitious free trade agreement since 2007. Yet, an early conclusion of the agreement is highly unlikely as Brussels is in crisis mode.  India and the European Union agreed in 2004 to elevate their ties to the status of a strategic partnership that promised mutual cooperation on a range of issues. […]

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EU takes steps toward energy independence from Russia

With recent events in Ukraine strongly affecting security relations between the West and Russia, both Brussels and Moscow are increasing efforts to reduce their mutual energy-financial dependency. European energy dependency is not a new thing. Despite aims to cut its energy imports, since 2000 the EU actually increased them by 10% (mainly by reducing domestic […]

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Businesses absorb cost of rising corruption in the EU

Why make a risky investment in Europe, when you can take a similar risk with the prospect of higher returns in the developing world? With corruption levels rising, this is the question that threatens to discourage investment in the Eurozone. A new study by the European Commission (EC) has estimated that increasing corruption in the […]

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Slovenia has avoided bailout, but there is a long way to recovery

The results of the bank stress test released on 12th December have confirmed that the cost of recapitalization for debt-ridden Slovenian banks is higher than originally expected, but the country will manage to cover it without outside help. After months of deliberations, the bank stress test demanded by the European Commission to assess the health […]

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Alenka Bratusek and Angela Merkel

Slovenia quiet for the moment, but bailout still looms

The Slovenian government won the confidence vote in Parliament, and the successful placing of a €1.5 billion bond issue, granting the Alpine state its moment of relief. However, the potential bailout is still a reality. Alenka Bratusek’s left-wing coalition government had a successful month. The government won the confidence vote in the Parliament on the […]

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Baltic dependence on Russian gas about to end

At the moment, European energy markets are heavily dependent on Russian supplies. This is especially true of the countries with direct land borders to the big bear, including Finland and the Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania –, which import virtually all of their gas from Russia. This situation has significant geopolitical implications. Northern […]

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Four Years In: Reviewing Catherine Ashton’s Term

The European Union is ‘an Economic Giant, a Political Dwarf, and a Military Worm’. The first part is undeniably true, as the current EU-US negotiations remind us, but have the second two claims become less accurate? While there is definitely a long way to go, the European Union’s foreign and security policy representation led by Catherine Ashton […]

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Spain and Britain Renew Dispute over Gibraltar

The centuries-long dispute between Spain and Britain over the 6.8 km2 (2.6 sq. mile) outcrop at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula known as ‘the Rock’ has made international headlines once more. Just last week, a group of European Commission (EC) officials traveled to the region to investigate what Gibraltar and Britain claim to […]

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Troika’s Greece Policy Is Still Not Working

Representatives of the troika – from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – are back in Athens for another review of progress in fiscal adjustment and structural reforms. Their strong posture demonstrated on similar occasions in the past has been paradoxical. One might not expect such confidence given the substantial evidence […]

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