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    1. December 18, 2014

      BASF and Gazprom scrap energy asset swap

      Germany’s BASF and Russia’s Gazprom have agreed to scrap a multibillion-euro asset swap because of the “difficult political...

    2. December 18, 2014

      Russia sounds a warning on the frailties of global debt

      A couple of weeks ago, Claudio Borio told investors to wake up to the threat posed by currency mismatches. In the past few...

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    1. Bulgaria 2012

      A sense of progress is evident despite slow post-crisis growth and the need to rein in...
    2. Central & Eastern Europe: Energy and Infrastructure

      The central and eastern Europe region has recognised it has to update its energy and t...
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    1. December 17, 2014

      European companies still hold $1tn in cash

      Many European companies dipped slightly into their cash piles in the first half of the year but are still sitting on more...

    2. December 3, 2014

      Serbia caught between Russia and the west

      Serbia torn between Russia and Europe “Partners for the Future!” proclaim the Gazprom billboards that line the main roads...

    3. December 2, 2014

      Anger and dismay as Russia scraps $50bn gas plan

      Eastern European nations reacted with shock and anger to Russia’s decision to abandon South Stream, its $50bn gas pipeline...

    4. December 2, 2014

      Demise of South Stream big setback for Putin

      Vladimir Putin likes to use every available chess piece to maximise Moscow’s influence on the world stage. Those he is...

    5. December 2, 2014

      Putin loses face with cancellation of ‘pharaonic’ South Stream

      For Vladimir Putin, the decision to scrap the flagship South Stream project was a rare loss of face. The Kremlin had...

    6. December 2, 2014

      Finland and Russia deepen energy ties

      Finland and Russia are to increase their energy co-operation after state-backed companies signed a deal on hydroelectric and...

    7. December 1, 2014

      Russia to abandon South Stream pipeline, says Putin

      President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia would stop construction of the South Stream gas pipeline, shelving a...

    8. November 19, 2014

      Russia may pivot to the east but it cannot escape its European destiny

      Seen in historical perspective, Russia’s latest turn to the east is not new. “From the shores of the Pacific and the heights...

    9. November 19, 2014

      Naftogaz warns of gas cuts to Ukraine’s breakaway east

      Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state gas company, is warning about its ability to continue supplying the country’s rebellious eastern...

    10. November 10, 2014

      Putin snubs Europe with Siberian gas deal that bolsters China ties

      Moscow and Beijing signed an agreement to supply gas from western Siberia to China, in a deal that could eventually see more...

    11. November 5, 2014

      Hungary paves way for Gazprom pipeline

      Hungary’s government has shrugged off warnings from Brussels over building a Kremlin-backed gas pipeline – passing a law...

    12. October 30, 2014

      Russia and Ukraine reach gas deal

      Russia has secured an 11th-hour deal to resume gas exports to Ukraine, allaying concerns that Europe would face an energy...

    13. October 30, 2014

      Russia and Ukraine close to deal on gas for winter

      Russia and Ukraine are on the verge of an EU-brokered deal to end a months-long dispute over gas deliveries that would...

    14. October 28, 2014

      Ukraine attempts to break gas supplies deadlock

      Ukraine is likely to face energy shortages this winter if last-ditch talks to resume gas supplies from Russia fail on...

    15. October 22, 2014

      Pipeline politics flow both ways

      For President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s oil and gas sectors are paramount politically as well as economically, as guarantors...

    16. October 22, 2014

      Europe strives to wean itself off dependence on Russian gas

      An interim gas deal between Ukraine and Russia has been in the works. If a new price and a timetable for paying off $5.3bn...

    17. October 14, 2014

      Can Europe wean itself off Russian gas?

      The night shift at Agropolychim, Bulgaria’s biggest fertiliser plant, received a fax at 4.30am on January 6 2009 warning...

    18. October 12, 2014

      Chinese lenders grow wary of Russia

      When Chinese premier Li Keqiang and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev start talks on Monday that are expected to...

    19. October 10, 2014

      Gazprom considers shelving Vladivostok LNG project

      Gazprom has said it could shelve its Vladivostok liquefied natural gas project as the Russian state-controlled energy giant...

    20. September 26, 2014

      Hungary halts flow of gas to Ukraine

      Hungary has stopped supplying gas to Ukraine through a “reverse flow” pipeline just days after the head of Russia’s Gazprom...

    21. September 21, 2014

      US shale gas exports to hit Gazprom revenue

      Russia’s Gazprom could lose 18 per cent of its revenues as a result of competition from US liquefied natural gas exports,...

    22. September 14, 2014

      Short sellers wary of making call on direction of Russian market

      When Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Crimea in early March, hedge fund managers were quick to bet that the...

    23. September 12, 2014

      Energy slides after Russia sanctions

      The energy sector weakened materially on Friday as a combination of new sanctions targeting the Russian oil and gas sector...

    24. September 12, 2014

      US targets Gazprom in new round of sanctions

      The US dramatically expanded its sanctions against Russia on Friday by adding Gazprom, Europe’s leading energy provider, to...

    25. September 11, 2014

      Gazprom: price sensitive

      Congratulations, Margrethe Vestager. The Danish politician is Competition Commissioner-designate in the EU executive team...

    26. September 11, 2014

      Ukraine gas price dispute hits Gazprom profit

      Gazprom, Russia’s state-controlled gas producer, reported a 40 per cent drop in net profit in the first three months of the...

    27. September 10, 2014

      Russia tightens gas supplies to Poland

      Moscow has reduced its gas exports to Poland in an apparent attempt to prevent EU countries from re-exporting Russian gas as...

    28. September 8, 2014

      Russia aims to choke off gas re-exports to Ukraine

      Moscow is seeking to prevent its European customers re-exporting Russian gas to Ukraine, threatening to choke off a crucial...

    29. September 7, 2014

      Sanctions help Russia overcome its China paranoia

      If western governments are right, Russian troops are now fighting in Ukraine. Forty-five years ago, they were facing an...

    30. September 2, 2014

      Ukraine crisis hits economy and could require bigger loan, says IMF

      Ukraine could require as much as $19bn of additional international financing if the worsening conflict in the east of the...

    31. September 1, 2014

      Call Putin’s bluff – he will not cut off Europe’s gas

      In Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, two tailors promise to make an emperor a suit that is invisible to unwise people....

    32. August 24, 2014

      South Stream gas project may now be a pipe dream

      In November 2005, a pipeline called Blue Stream was inaugurated to bring Russian gas across the Black Sea to Turkey. It was,...

    33. August 18, 2014

      Russia: companies own you

      The USSR once tried nuking its way to oil and gas riches. Large parts of subterranean Siberia were blown up to pry open...

    34. August 11, 2014

      Bulgaria’s president attacks oligarchs

      Bulgaria’s president has strongly criticised the country’s politicians and powerful oligarchs for relying too heavily on...

    35. August 10, 2014

      OMV says Ukraine crisis will not hit pipeline

      The stand-off between the west and Russia over Ukraine will not derail the planned Russian-led South Stream gas pipeline,...

    36. July 31, 2014

      Sberbank target of latest EU sanctions

      Sberbank, Russia’s largest lender, will be blocked from accessing Europe’s medium- and long-term money markets under new...

    37. July 30, 2014

      Russia attacks EU sanctions and warns of higher energy bills

      Russia lashed out at the EU for imposing broad sanctions against key sectors of its economy and warned that Europeans would...

    38. July 28, 2014

      Russia sanctions: Bond film

      Water, water everywhere, and damned if it isn’t a prohibited financial transaction under US and/or EU law to drink it. This...

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