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Eberhard Rhein

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Merging energy and climate change services under one Commissioner is an overdue change NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Week, 1 Day, 5 Hours ago
The division of Commission services into one dealing with energy policy and another one with climate change policy has always been an artificial one: to influence climate change policy makers have to rely on energy policy. It is therefore positive to...
Australia`s energy policy volte-face is inadmissible NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Mr. Abbot`s new liberal-conservative government has been elected on the promise to abolish the carbon tax on mining, coal power and air transport companies introduced by his predecessor to contain excessively high Australian green house gas emissions...
A plea for a pragmatic approach to global climate policy NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
During the last 50 years global energy demand has risen at an unprecedented pace and is expected to continue rising further in the wake of growing world population and prosperity. These trends are not sustainable. The energy resources (coal, oil...
Germany must be stopped from introducing highway user fees NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
For years Bavarian politicians have been pushing for highway user fees for non-German cars. Now they may have come closer their goal. On 7 July, the German transport minister (CSU) has presented his plans, which should be turned into legislation...
Egypt starts putting its house in order NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
The new Egyptian President, Fattah el-Sissi, has inherited a country in political, social and economic disarray. Starting with demographic growth of 1.7%, all major data indicate unsustainable trends: a budget deficit of 10% of the GDP, a public debt...
European companies are becoming more continental NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
One of the strange phenomena of the European integration process is the slowness with which transnational business has replaced traditional structures. Business, whatever sector, has stayed for a long time where it had been before 1958. While intra-E...
Europe should enjoy its low inflation level NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Europe is enjoying a level of price stability and low interest rates rarely seen since the end of World War II. Wages, pensions, rents etc. do not require permanent adjustments to rising prices, an advantage we are not fully appreciating. Citizens ar...
EU must prepare for membership Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
After very long, extensive and complicated negotiations the EU has finally signed the association and free trade agreements with three countries south of Russia on June 27th 2014. All the three consider this signature only as a step toward their fina...
A European labour market is slowly taking shape NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Among the four basic freedoms the EU offers its citizens free movement of labour has traditionally lagged behind, due to cultural and linguistic obstacles and, above all a natural of human longing to stay close to their home. The economic crisis with...
France is getting serious modernising its Energy Sector NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 Hours ago
With the presentation on June 18th of a comprehensive energy transition programme the French energy minister has started to fulfil promises made during the 2012 Presidential election campaign. The programme is a valuable contribution to the ongoing d...
EU must be able to do without Russian gas NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Months, 4 Days, 9 Minutes ago
Rising fears in Europe about a potential embargo of Russian oil and gas embargo seem exaggerated. In any case, they can only rely to gas, as the supply of oil is much more diversified. In the short run, EU disposes of stored gas of close to 100 billi...
Lithuania will join monetary union in 2015 NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 43 Minutes ago
After obtaining green light from the Commission and the ECB small Lithuania is almost certain to get confirmation by the EMU finance ministers and join the EMU next January. This has been expected to happen for a long time. Lithuania has carefully pr...
USA is joining the Climate Change fighting Vanguard NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
After one year of intensive consultations with stakeholders the US Environmental Protection Agency has presented a 645 page (!) proposal containing the rules for C02 emissions that existing power plants will have to respect in the future. When a...
Poland is unlikely to join the eurozone before 2018 NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 31 Minutes ago
Article 3 of the TEU stipulates that the EU will establish an economic and monetary union with the Euro as its currency. Poland and all other member countries, except UK and Denmark which enjoy a legal derogation, must join the eurozone, when they fu...
Is nuclear fusion an alternative to renewable energy? NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Months, 14 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
At the risk of destroying the basis of human civilisation Humanity must find ways and means for phasing out the use of fossil fuels before the end of the century. The EU aims at reaching that objective already for 2050. Renewable energies – win...
Corporate income tax levels should not influence company locations NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Months, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Taxation should not only procure government revenue but also influence business and consumer behaviour. This goes for tobacco, gasoline and alcohol excise taxes as well as for VAT and income taxation. Profit taxation is becoming increasingly difficul...
The gas crisis should become a blessing in disguise for Ukraine NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Months, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
On April 25th, the President of the “Ukrainian Association of energy efficient cities”, which groups 35 small towns with a total population of two million people, has addressed a plea to the EU to launch an urgent twinning programme for s...
EU should focus assistance to Egypt on population and education NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Months, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Three years after the “Arab Spring” Egypt is much worse off than during the Mubarak era. The Military are firmly in control and prepare for being “legitimised” by the forthcoming Presidential elections. Democracy and rule of l...
Next EU Commission: it is time to review Ashton’s EU diplomatic service NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
The Lisbon Treaty has enhanced the international Role of the EU. The appointment of a High Representative, de facto a EU foreign minister, and the creation of a diplomatic service, composed of officials from EU institutions and member states, are the...
Kiev should step up preparations for 25 May’s presidential elections NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Since the end of February, when President Yanukovych left the country, Ukraine has been caught in a spiral declining public order close to civil war. Russia has no doubt been a major, though invisible player behind he scenes. Through skilful “e...