India’s Babus Stuck in a Bunker

In his first month on the job, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken bold steps to address the systemic problems in the Indian economy and government. Notably, Modi has cut in half the number of taxpayer-funded golf club memberships for senior bureaucrats valued at 300,000 rupees ($5,000) each. Narendra Modi has wasted no time […]

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David Cameron’s EU Juggling Act

European Leaders officially nominated Former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker for the Presidency of the European Commission. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s vocal opposition marked the 26-2 vote for the EPP candidate. Following nearly a month of lobbying and vocal opposition, David Cameron’s efforts to block Jean-Claude Juncker have failed. That is certainly not for […]

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A different look at the Juncker Debate

Wonderful post today from the German Marshall Fund about the Juncker debate and a look at the British rationale.  Although I disagree a bit with this post, I think the analysis is insightful and some of the conclusions are certainly worth reading. Furthermore, I think the idea of politicizing the EU Commission might be a […]

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The Lonely Front

25 members of the European Parliament from at least 7 different member states are needed to create a parliamentary group within the EU’s only democratically elected institution. So far, France’s National Front has been unable to meet this standard and will remain groupless. It’s rather ironic that a movement born out of its unbending desire […]

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From Merkozy to Hollenzi: Changing the EU’s Balance of Power

Following a meeting in Paris this weekend of all EU Socialist (SPD) leaders, French President François Hollande has announced his desire to create a European investment fund that would total 240 billion euros a year over five years. Does this signal the dawn of a new leadership duo for Europe? So I guess I have […]

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Green Dreams and Nuclear Nightmares

Nuclear energy currently accounts for roughly 75% of France’s energy mix – a new plan recently unveiled by the French government wishes to reduce this number to 50% by 2025.  Given the trend of my last couple posts, I should rename this blog French Energy and keep analyzing French energy politics. I promise this is the last […]

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La Folie du Dirigisme – GE and Alstom

France’s Socialist government has sealed a deal with American giant General Electric (GE) over the purchase of French company Alstom’s energy division. Part of the agreement hinges on France taking a 20% stake in the company valued currently at 1.7 billion euros. The fate of the two-month drama involving GE’s acquisition of Alstom’s energy division is now […]

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Follow Up to Juncker Article

There have been some interesting developments in the Juncker debate.  According to an article in the FT (which I HIGHLY recommend you read), David Cameron has dug in his heels and is going to force a vote at next week’s EU summit in Ypres, Belgium.  The EU generally does things by consensus so this could set […]

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The (Natural Gas) Land Down Under

Australia has proven Natural Gas reserves of 43.04 trillion cubic feet, yet the intense competition from Russian giant Gazprom threatens to curb the growth in Australia’s natural gas sector. French energy Giant GDF-Suez and its Australian partner Santos have announced today the scuttling of a $10 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project planned in northern Australia – […]

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