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During the last days of 2008 Montenegro has submitted a formal application to join the European Union. Montenegro has gained independence in 2006 and signed a pre-accession Stabilisation and Accession Agreement with the EU in October 2007. It’s economy is doing remarkably good although it is highly dependent on Russian investors. EU enlargement commissioner Olli… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The energy intensity of a country shows how much energy is needed to produce a single euro of gross domestic product (GDP). Central-Europe, which is more industry-oriented and has been addicted to cheap Soviet natural gas needs a lot more energy to produce its lower national income than Western Europe. This partly explains the worries… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The high oil prices of 2008 have lead to a similar historical result as in the 1970s: the notorious oil-burner Americans cut back on their carbon-dioxide emission habits. I think this shows that the main source of carbon emission, namely fossil fuels, is price and income sensitive, and if you raise the price, consumption and… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

We Europeans tend to believe that we are leading the fight against carbon emissions and we are too easily pointing the fingers at the United States. I think that the great visualization tool of Worldmapper, a world map that is distorted proportionally to carbon emissions should make us think. And the EU emission is still… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Turkmenistan has agreed to supply 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas to the European Union each year. The pledge cannot be taken seriously until there is a viable transport route to ship this amount to the EU. EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner announced that the Turkmen president, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov promised to ‘set aside’… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Hungarian government’s decision to participate in Russia’s South Stream pipeline, an alternative natural gas feeding infrastructure into Europe was highly debated. A gas depot will also be located in Hungary that will take in a minimum of 1 billion cubic meters of gas. Many believe that this decision (similar decisions were made by other… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal