Tag Archives: EU

The Volkswagen-scandal and its effect on diesel markets

2 Nov

Global dieselization will not end because of the scandal, but probably less people will buy diesel cars in Europe. The following post is our early take on the potential results, focusing on the economic and energy market effects. […]

LNG ante portas: Growing LNG penetration in Europe

20 Oct

In the previous post we highlighted that a significant oversupply is building up in international LNG markets, and suppliers have to find new markets as Asia seems to get satiated with LNG. In the longer run, we expect new markets to emerge while the deployment of LNG in transportation will become more widespread. However, in the next few years LNG can be sold only at those markets where infrastructure has already been installed to regasify and distribute LNG to consumers. Therefore, many free LNG cargos will head towards the European markets. In this post we examine to what extent LNG will be able to penetrate the competitive European gas markets and how market conditions will change as a result of the intensified international competition. […]

Head hunting for LNG traders is on

5 Oct

The birth of liquid international LNG markets

In the second post of our LNG series we focus on the restructuring of LNG markets and how they transform from a rigid, long-term structure dominated by a few incumbents into a flexible and vivid market place.

This restructuring opens doors for new entrants. There will be new buyers without rigid long-term commitments and new traders with less market power. They will distribute LNG towards new markets, even to Hungary. Following our slightly technical post today, next week we will continue our LNG series with focusing on how LNG will penetrate the European markets. […]

A new angle on the migrant crisis: Is it time for the EU to fund a new Hong Kong?

11 Sep

If over 10 million migrants started off to Europe we would probably need new and bold solutions. This is one such idea. […]

South Stream is dead. Should Hungary mourn or laugh?

12 Dec

Neither. The South Stream would not have solved much of Hungary’s problems. But neither will the country be worse-off without it. […]

This is why more Russian gas is a bad idea

28 Nov

The price of natural gas is higher in European countries where the share of Russian import is high. Most likely this is not because of import dependency, but Russian dependency. If Eastern European countries want to buy cheap gas, they need to connect to the Western-European gas market: there Russian gas has to compete with other sources, leading to much lower prices. […]

The Meaning of Life: 42 (degree north?) – Life expectancy in EU regions

8 Aug

The economic crisis may have dented the increase in life expectancy a bit, but it is still the crisis-ridden Mediterranean regions of the EU that fare the best… […]

Ukraine: The price of addiction

18 Feb

“The only free cheese is in the mousetrap.” Who profits from politicizing gas prices in Ukraine? How much is a country’s sovereignty worth?

Guest post by András György Deák, Associate Fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs. […]

Save the planet, don’t eat French fries

18 Jul

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What emits more CO2 – 1 kg of French fries, or 1 kg of gasoline? And what does all this have to do with the EU? Find out in our post below.

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Energy costs are a headache for the EU too

30 May

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The EU is getting worried about the high energy prices paid by European companies. Well, maybe they should have thought of that earlier.

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