GIS Dossier: How Turkey scored big in the gas pipeline game
Sitting at the intersection of important energy transfer routes, Turkey is an active participant in the high-stakes pipeline game between the European Union, Russia and the Caspian region energy producers. Ankara has increased its geopolitical heft and secured earnings from gas transit fees but at the price of making Turkey more dependent on Russia. This has important implications for Europe.
Turkey’s energy foreign policy at a crossroads
Energy cooperation between Turkey and Russia has ramped up in recent years. If it grows any closer, it could threaten EU interests, especially the key Southern Gas Corridor project. But Turkey's own interests are also at risk if its dependence on Russian gas supplies grows. The question is whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will prioritize diversification – and therefore cooperation with the EU and Azerbaijan – or placating his domestic political allies.
Turkey’s energy dilemma: Brussels or Moscow?
The relationship between Turkey and the EU has been rocky ever since the political crackdown after last year’s coup. Moscow has stepped in to enhance cooperation with Ankara, especially in energy. While Turkey is attempting to limit its dependence on Russian gas imports, all its options are complicated. This new relationship between Turkey and Russia has stark consequences for Europe’s energy security.
Another twist in the Gazprom saga
Until recently, the EU deliberately shielded its gas business with Russia from the disruption caused by turbulent East-West politics. Now a new round of anti-Kremlin sanctions imposed by the U.S. Congress and the shale gas revolution threaten to upset the complicated energy relationship.
Technology exporters are the biggest beneficiaries of nuclear power
When total outlays for a nuclear energy plant are considered, from construction to accident prevention to decommissioning costs, nuclear energy is an expensive proposition. The companies that export this technology and their governments are going the extra mile to attract foreign buyers and see the deals through because their benefits go far beyond a power plant deal.
EU's new energy strategy over bi-lateral agreements
The European Commission’s new energy strategy for dealing with outside countries would, among other things, demand that it is kept informed of all existing and new bi-lateral agreements which member states make on their own. This special report, the second in a two-part series, looks at why this is one of the key proposals of the new strategy which is aimed at achi...
Energy security in EU would be helped by a single voice
European Union countries are becoming more dependent on foreign energy imports, but bilateral agreements between some of the larger member states are undermining the bargaining power of the EU to strike deals which would ensure energy security for all its states. This special report, the first of two, looks at the background to the European Commission’s new strateg...
Germany’s nuclear debate: A nuclear free policy needs European strategic vision
Germany’s nuclear free energy policy to become a ‘green energy island’ may have gained popular support, but the decision could also lead to electricity blackouts if the problems of supply and storage are not solved. This second report in a three-part series on the nuclear free decision looks at the short-term impacts on the domestic energy supply security ...