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UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprise victory in the May 2015 UK General Election has cleared the way for an In/Out referendum on EU-membership. But whether the UK really leaves depends on many uncertain factors including Mr Cameron’s chances of pushing through substantial reform in the EU and the economic and political costs and benefits for Britain.
Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth
The debate on the exploitation of possible shale gas resources in the UK has intensified. Apart from Poland, the UK is the only European country pushing ahead with the exploitation of its shale resources. The government is keen on replicating the US successful experience but local communities do not share its enthusiasm. The shale industry is in its infancy and man...
Dr. Carole Nakhle
British Prime Minister David Cameron faces an acute dilemma as he is squeezed politically trying to keep his party together on the big question of EU membership. The fault-lines are showing between those who want to leave the EU and those who want to stay and his European neighbours are adding to the pressure.
The transport sector is almost completely reliant (95 per cent) on petroleum products, such as gasoline and diesel. From an environmental point of view, increasing fuel taxes is perceived to be central in reducing the dominance of oil in transport. Tax increases therefore facilitate the transition to a cleaner, greener future. This would, however, mean a significa...