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The Eurasian Union turning into a Mirage NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Days, 4 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
On 2 October 2012 Vladimir Putin published an article, entitled “A new Integration Project for Eurasia” in which he set out his visions for the future of Russia and the former Soviet Republics. His vision was simple and optimistic. He hop...
Will humanity take effective action against climate change? NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Days, 2 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
In the fall of 2015 the international community is set to adopt a comprehensive action plan to combat climate change. Paris having been chosen as the meeting place the French government is showing more interest in climate issues and trying to mobilis...
Combating climate change will be a long difficult haul NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Week, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
While the international community is due to finally take serious action against climate change it is worthwhile having a look at Denmark, Sweden and, to a lesser degree, Finland and Norway that have succeeded to generate two thirds of their electrici...
Ukraine must put its House in Order NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 3 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
The debate over Ukraine has essentially been centred on Russia’s shrewd and illegal take-over of the Crimea and the risk of Russia destabilising the eastern parts of Ukraine with a large share of Russo-phone citizens. Crimea having formally bec...
The EU should invest more in urban mobility NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Urban mobility is bound to become one the most pressing global issues in the coming decades. By 2050, three quarters of Humanity are expected to live in urban regions, with detrimental consequences for mobility, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions...
USA tackles coal-fired power plants NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Weeks, 2 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
President Obama will enter history as the most committed and successful US President in the fight against Climate Change. His goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 to 2020. He will do essentially by exploiting the execut...
China’s ‘war’ on air pollution will be the litmus-test for its climate policy NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
China has a long reputation of a country severely plagued by air pollution. In 2013 China registered its worst record on air pollution; Beijing is considered the second most polluted city in the world. The air pollution has been the consequence of tw...
Insatiable French appetite for major EU commission portfolios NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
The two front-runners for EU Commission President plead for a leaner Commission focusing on more political missions and less on technical paraphernalia. To that end, the number of Commissioners should have been reduced from 2014 onwards to only 21 (t...
Major countries tackle C02 emissions from trucks NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
When talking about climate change we usually think of electricity, passenger cars, airplanes, but hardly ever of heavy-duty trucks. That is a mistake, for heavy-duty trucks account for a substantial share of C02 emissions from the transport sector, w...
Abolition of German subsidies on renewable energy is overdue NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 15 Hours ago
While the Government is busy rewriting legislation on the promotion of renewable energies a High-level Group of Scientists appointed by the German Parliament has come out with a radical proposal to abolish the legislation altogether. In recent years,...
Humanity must invest heavily in Mass Transit Systems NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
In 2013 the London Subway, with 402 km the second longest subway system on earth after Shanghai, celebrated its 150th anniversary without being widely celebrated as a ground-breaking engineering event Today, mass transit systems like subways have bec...
Bosnia needs much more serious Efforts to qualify for EU Membership NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
It is almost two decades since Bosnia ended its civil war, more than 10 years since the EU has recognised the country as a potential member and six years since the country has signed a ‘stabilisation and association agreement’ (SAA) with...
Abolish gasoline and fossil energy subsidies NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Subsidies on petroleum products and fossil energy have become a deeply rooted vice in many countries across the globe, especially oil-rich ones. They can be quite expensive, absorbing two to ten percent of GDP in a dozen countries resorting to this f...
Europeans do not step back from Climate Goals NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
After months of internal debate the Commission has presented EU climate goals for 2030. The green lobby has called them inadequate,while utilities, heavy industry and most member states are prepared to give their blessing. Assuming that the Euro...
Europe should not expect miracles from shale gas & oil NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
The European Commission is due to present its policy guidelines for shale gas production on 22 January. It is expected to leave member countries large latitude for the exploration and production, subject to respect specific health and environment saf...
Europe must learn from the decline of its digital industries NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Humanity is set to produce some 2.5 billion (!) smart phones, tablets and computers in 2014: one device for every three inhabitants of the planet. Smart phones have become the indispensable means of communication, sharply boosting productivity in cer...
The EU should not hurry with further Enlargements NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
At the December 2013 European Council Meeting, EU heads of government pledged to pursue the enlargement of the EU and the eurozone. The list of candidates is quite long. The next challenge for the EU is the accession of Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Al...
Business should make more use of the ‘European Company’ statute NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Months, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
In October 2004 the European Union has introduced a new company statute, the Societas Europaea (SE), to facilitate business operating in several EU countries without having to adapt their company statute to the law of the host countries. By doing so...
The EU should define an effective energy and climate strategy until 2030 NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Months, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
2014 will be important for European and global energy and climate policy. In preparation for the international climate conferences 2014-15 the EU will have to define its emission targets for the next 15 years and beyond. That process has started. The...
2013 a year of typical climate change in Europe? NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Months, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
In 2013 weather conditions in Europe have been marked by high instability and unpredictability. It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish the seasons. In March winter weather prevailed, in December spring time. The rain distribution has be...