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After months of preparations President Obama has unveiled a new strategy for coping with climate change. In a strong policy message at Georgetown University he stressed the absolute necessity for the USA and the world to take more drastic joint action to prevent climate change from devastating the future of the earth and mankind. This… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The EU suffers from the highest unemployment ever since its start half a century ago. Its political leaders have been unable to respond with appropriate medicines. But they are also increasingly unable to explain their citizens what the EU is all about, what it can do and where it is not competent. They are lost… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The recent mass demonstrations in Brazil have been propelled by public investment in mega football stadiums for the World Cup at the expense of desperately needed repair and maintenance of schools, hospitals and public transport. This raises the more general issue for rich and poor countries: how should sports stadiums be financed? Since Roman times,… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

More than any other nation Germans have been seduced by the prospect of solar power generation since it has been possible to generate electricity through photovoltaic cells in the 1980`s. Behind this enthusiasm were scores of committed pioneers, tens of thousands of households eager to generate their own roof-electricity and governments setting high hopes on… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The Nile River Basin, the longest on earth, will be confronted with rising imbalance between water demand of a rising population and declining supply, due to global climate change. This perspective risks to generate increasing tensions among the 10 riparian countries, especially Egypt and Sudan, which presently obtain 90 per cent of all Nile water,… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The European internal market is bound to shrink in global relevance whatever economic policy Europe will pursue. Every ambitious European company beyond a certain size that wants to avoid shrinking sales/profits and remain globally competitive has little choice but to operate globally. Global integration will have to go far beyond conventional exports/imports and outsourcing of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

On June 3rd 2013 EON, one of Europe`s big utilities, and the Canadian company Pieridae Energy have signed a 20-year contract for the supply of 6.5 billion cubic meter per year (5mtpa) liquid gas starting 2020. This deal deserves attention for several reasons. It is the first time that a major European energy company turns… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein