The EU’s warning to Poland over the rule of law comes with risks

The commission may find itself in a zero-sum game if it tries to enforce the tough line it’s taking with the ruling Law and Justice party

Source:  The Guardian, 2016/06/01

By |June 7th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Morocco: putting energy high on the agenda?

We are usually rather critical with the international summits when it comes to environment. It costs a lot of money, it makes many people travel around the world and most of the time it ends up with political statements that are more of a communication exercise than an actual roadmap. Nevertheless, it usually has one [...]

By |May 9th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |

Did you say crisis was looming in oil producing countries?

The oil shock is not only an energy issue… We already discussed in these columns the impact the collapse of energy prices could have on the banking system in the United States (See here for And what about banks?). We were precisely pointing out that the direct exposure of banks in America was rather limited [...]

By |April 7th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |

Iran’s election wasn’t about moderation or democracy. It was about how Iran will re-engage with the world.

Iran’s elections last week made this clear: Politics have changed in the Islamic Republic – and it was the nuclear deal with the West that made the difference. Since the beginning of Mohammad Khatami’s presidency in 1997 until last week’s parliamentary election, the Iranian political landscape was divided between reformists and conservatives. While reformists [...]

By |March 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Pipeline strains set to cloud Canada climate change talks

Trudeau is under pressure both from environmentalists who want to curb oil sands production and western energy-producing provinces which say he needs to push through the construction of pipelines to take the crude to coastal ports.

Source:  Reuters, 2016/03/03

By |March 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Fitch: Irish Election Raises Uncertainty, Could Increase Risks

Ireland's inconclusive general election does not alter Fitch Ratings' expectation that the next government will pursue further deficit reduction. But protracted political uncertainty, an unstable government, or reliance on more radical political elements could be negative if they reduced the authorities' ability to respond to downside fiscal or economic risks

Source:  Reuters, 2016/02/29

By |March 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Argentina Debt Deal Poised to Deliver Big Payday to Holdouts

Argentina has reached a preliminary agreement to end one of the longest and most contentious battles over government debt in history, potentially handing a big payday to hedge funds that held out for a decade and a half.

Source:  WSJ, 2016/02/29

By |March 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

U.S. Presidential election – No traction for climate change

Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer has spent millions of dollars trying to make climate change a major issue on the 2016 campaign trail. But neither the candidates nor the voters seem to notice. After one of the Democratic presidential debates, Mr. Steyer issued a statement lamenting that the focus on climate change was “far too [...]

By |March 1st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Hungary and Czech Republic hijacking the European funds?

Cooperation in the European Union is supposed to be a fundamental principle that should apply in every dimension of both international and national policy frameworks. Joining the Union is quite similar to signing a new social contract and implies moral rules and specific behaviors… or at least, it should. But the European Union status remains [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |

The Irish tiger on a diet

Given its consumption profile, Ireland is facing a major risk in its energy supply. Electricity second-level independence rate (Beyond Ratings’ measure of the combined dependences of the energy vectors in the power mix) did not even reach 40% in 2013. Furthermore, the share of fossil fuels in the power mix turns out to be massive [...]

By |February 4th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |