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The offer by General Electric to take over Alstom or parts of it, one of the three European manufacturers of electric power equipment, has raised protests from the French government. Happening simultaneously with a Chinese participation in Peugeot-Citroen, it shows the precarious state of French and European manufacturing industries. It is therefore not surprising for… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

On 2 October 2012 Vladimir Putin published an article, entitled “A new Integration Project for Eurasia” in which he set out his visions for the future of Russia and the former Soviet Republics. His vision was simple and optimistic. He hoped to establish a powerful association of independent states capable of becoming one of the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

President Obama will enter history as the most committed and successful US President in the fight against Climate Change. His goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 to 2020. He will do essentially by exploiting the executive powers of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), against tenacious resistance of the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The two front-runners for EU Commission President plead for a leaner Commission focusing on more political missions and less on technical paraphernalia. To that end, the number of Commissioners should have been reduced from 2014 onwards to only 21 (two thirds of the number of member states), in conformity with Article 17 of the Lisbon… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Subsidies on petroleum products and fossil energy have become a deeply rooted vice in many countries across the globe, especially oil-rich ones. They can be quite expensive, absorbing two to ten percent of GDP in a dozen countries resorting to this fallacious political favour. They constitute a hidden economic and environmental burden to the respective… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After months of internal debate the Commission has presented EU climate goals for 2030. The green lobby has called them inadequate,while utilities, heavy industry and most member states are prepared to give their blessing. Assuming that the European Council will endorse them at its June session, the EU will be the first group of countries… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

At the December 2013 European Council Meeting, EU heads of government pledged to pursue the enlargement of the EU and the eurozone. The list of candidates is quite long. The next challenge for the EU is the accession of Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo – six small, mostly multinational countries of the Western… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In October 2004 the European Union has introduced a new company statute, the Societas Europaea (SE), to facilitate business operating in several EU countries without having to adapt their company statute to the law of the host countries. By doing so EU legislators had hoped to encourage EU companies to open subsidiaries in other EU… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

2014 will be important for European and global energy and climate policy. In preparation for the international climate conferences 2014-15 the EU will have to define its emission targets for the next 15 years and beyond. That process has started. The Commission will present its proposals on January 22. The targets must be ambitious. Reducing… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein