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Fossil fuel reserves, stranded assets and climate change: Will private capital ruin the planet or save it?

22 May 2014

At a recent hustings organised by Young Friends of the Earth, which I chaired, six candidates, including two sitting MEPs, focused exclusively on how they would support environmental protection if elected to the European Parliament.  READ MORE >

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Three Views on Europe’s Future

21 May 2014

Recent weeks have seen the publication of three books on Europe by friends of the Institute – Roger Liddle, Anthony Giddens and Loukas Tsoukalis. All three confront the current crisis – not just of the euro but also of the project of European integration itself – from the viewpoint of committed, concerned and critical pro-Europeans with a broadly social democratic ethos. The analyses and proposals in these texts may not receive universal acceptance but they are certainly challenging and thought-provoking.    

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The EU’s ‘Big Bang’ – Ten Years On

19 May 2014

A decade after the EU’s ‘big bang’ enlargement, the ten new Member States have carved very different paths within the Union. 

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A Turning Point for Net Neutrality

14 May 2014

April 2014 was a pivotal month in the global debate over net neutrality. Policy developments in recent weeks could have major implications for how consumers access content and services online, and for the future design of the Internet itself.

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Transatlantic Cooperation and European Energy Security

09 May 2014

On 2 April 2014, the EU-US Energy Council noted that, ‘Developments in Ukraine have brought energy security concerns to the fore and prove the need to reinforce energy security in Europe’. A week earlier, at the post-summit press conference for President Obama’s first ever official visit to the EU institutions on 26 March, the majority of questions posed were related to energy and the possibility of US assistance to Europe. It seems that energy has become a central issue in the transatlantic relationship. What role might the US have to play in the process of strengthening European energy security? This blog considers this question in the aftermath of the EU-US summit, the EU-US Energy Council and the wider debate over the possibility of LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) exports from the US.

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