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Russia versus Ukraine… again…

Russia versus Ukraine… again…

Once again, in the depths of one of the worst winters in living memory Europe faces a gas spat betweenRussiaandUkrainethat could well impact the supply of gas to European households. As the pressure of gas dropped in France, Germany and Italy, Gazprom, always quick off the mark in PR terms, accused the Ukrainians of once […]

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Delusions of democracy

Delusions of democracy

As the world falls deeper into economic recession more and more people are taking to the streets in protest.  The news networks broadcast endless hours of footage of demonstration, rebellion and the overthrow of despotic leaders by oppressed people purportedly seeking democracy.  Even Time magazine has named ‘The Protestor’ as their person of the year.  […]

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European Gas Chess

European Gas Chess

Ever since he was elected, some 16 months ago, Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych has been seeking to renegotiate the gas supply deal approved by his predecessor and signed by then Prime Minister and now jailed, Yuliya Tymoshenko.  The contract requiresUkraineto buy more gas than it needs or pay a penalty for the gas it does […]

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Ukraine to adopt the European model of a diversified energy supply system

Ukraine to adopt the European model of a diversified energy supply system

The winter gas crises of 2006 and 2008 have taught Europe a hard lesson.  For decades Europe had comfortably relied on Russian gas as the mainstay of their energy policy.  The former Soviet government had seen gas supplies to Europe as major generator of hard currency and a potential soft economic weapon that could be […]

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