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What future for Europe?

The Commission's White Paper on the future of the EU sets out five scenarios, but misses the fundamental questions facing Europe. How should the EU interact with its neighbourhood? How can we manage the tensions created by multi-speed integration? And above all how can the Euro be made sustainable in the absence of a major step towards fiscal union?

By: Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 16, 2017
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Nord Stream 2: a bad deal for Germany and Eastern Europe

Georg Zachmann argues that the Nord Stream 2 project is a danger to the European consensus on relations with Russia. What is more, it could undermine efforts to diversify Europe's gas supply and might risk higher prices for Eastern Europe.

By: Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: July 18, 2016
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Euro-Mediterranean energy talks

The energy landscape of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean is inefficient and unsustainable. Yet there is much potential for cooperation. How could the EU work with this region to improve energy systems?

Speakers: Ali Aissaoui, Moncef Ben Abdallah, Jorge Borrego, Claudia Brandus, Uri Dadush, Karim El Aynaoui, Angelo Ferrante, Francesco Giunti, Ali Hached, Manfred Hafner, Ezzedine Khalfallah, Stefano Manservisi, Mehmet Öğütçü, Francis Perrin, Sabina Ratti, Edoardo Reviglio, André Sapir, Simone Tagliapietra, Hans van Steen, Guntram B. Wolff and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: May 31, 2016
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Speech by Miguel Arias Cañete on EU’s climate and energy policies after COP21

Speech held at Bruegel event on "How will the Paris agreement impact EU climate and energy policies?", on 8 February 2016.

By: Miguel Arias Cañete Topic: Energy & Climate Date: February 8, 2016
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How will the Paris agreement impact EU climate and energy policies?

The COP21 negotiations in Paris resulted in ambitious targets but little detail on implementation. Which measures should the EU now take? Bruegel was pleased to welcome Commissioner Cañete for a discussion on the proposed Commission Work Programme for 2016.

Speakers: Hendrik Bourgeois, Miguel Arias Cañete, Ewa Krukowska, Giacomo Luciani and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: February 8, 2016
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Opinion

A new way to approach Europe’s gas security, beyond the usual Russian obsession

Instead of doing everything to reduce gas supplies from key suppliers, gas supply security could more effectively be safeguarded by ensuring that unused alternatives are maintained so that they can be tapped into for in case of supply disruption.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: February 3, 2016
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Policy Contribution

Rethinking the security of the European Union’s gas supply

Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann argue that instead of doing everything to reduce gas supplies from key suppliers like Russia, gas supply security could more effectively be safeguarded by ensuring that unused alternatives are maintained. They could then be tapped into for an indefinite period in the case of supply disruption from a key supplier.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: January 20, 2016
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Egypt: The catalyst for a new Eastern Mediterranean gas hub?

The recent discovery of the large Zohr gas field in offshore Egypt - the largest ever made in the Mediterranean Sea - might completely change the regional gas outlook.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: November 30, 2015
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Iran: a new natural gas supplier for Europe?

The Iranian nuclear deal reached in July can potentially reshape the Iranian economy in general and its energy sector in particular. On the basis of this historical step, many voices suggested that Iran might (or should) become a new gas supplier to Europe. We suggest that there are important impediments to significant commercial gas flows from Iran to the EU in the foreseeable future. We argue, however, that cooperation on a limited pilot project could have strategic value.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: October 5, 2015
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Designing a new EU-Turkey strategic gas partnership

The 2014 Ukraine crisis reinforced the EU’s quest for security of gas supply. The European Commission released an Energy Union Communication in February, calling for intensified work on the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) and for the establishment of a new strategic energy partnership with Turkey.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: July 1, 2015
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Policy Contribution

Designing a new EU-Turkey strategic gas partnership

This Policy Contribution discusses what the EU and Turkey can expect from the establishment of a new strategic energy partnership. The authors focus on the Southern Gas Corridor, but also assess the impact of the Turkish Stream project.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: July 1, 2015
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The Russian pipeline waltz

This is an eventful period for EU-Russia gas relations. Six months ago Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised the energy world by dismissing the long-prepared South Stream project in favour of Turkish Stream. Like South Stream, Turkish Stream is intended to deliver 63 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas per year through the Black Sea to Turkey and Europe by completely bypassing Ukraine from 2019. 

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: June 18, 2015