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  1. beyondbrics

    September 8, 2014

    Guest post: give military support to Ukraine and save the Baltics

    By Taras Kuzio of the University of Alberta Friday’s abduction on Estonian soil of Eston Kohver, an officer in Estonia’s...

  2. 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....

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  1. July 21, 2014

    Tony Blair urges Labour to remain party of the centre ground

    Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has urged Labour leader Ed Miliband to stick to the political centre ground, warning...

  2. July 17, 2014

    Tony Blair to advise on Azerbaijan gas project

    Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, has been hired to advise a BP-led consortium on the export of natural gas...

  3. June 10, 2014

    Azerbaijan’s sovereign wealth fund to invest up to $1.8bn in renminbi

    Azerbaijan’s sovereign wealth fund plans to invest up to $1.8bn in renminbi this year, in what would be one of the largest...

  4. beyondbrics

    June 9, 2014

    Azerbaijan's Star rising in Turkey

    Turkey and Azerbaijan have further cemented their close relations with the signing of a $3.29bn credit agreement for the...

  5. May 30, 2014

    Total to sell Azerbaijan gasfield stake to Turkey for $1.5bn

    Total has agreed to sell its stake in the huge Shah Deniz gasfield in Azerbaijan to Turkey’s state oil company for $1.5bn....

  6. The World

    April 30, 2014

    Does size matter? China poised to overtake US as world’s largest economy in 2014

    Containers sit stacked on a cargo ship berthed at Qingdao Port in Lianyungang, China According to the latest estimates from...

  7. April 3, 2014

    Natural gas price in Europe at lowest since 2010

    The price of natural gas in Europe has dropped to its lowest level since 2010 as warm weather and high storage levels curb...

  8. March 23, 2014

    Europe needs to play the long game on sanctions

    I have not been the biggest supporter of the European Council in the past few years, particularly over its calamitous...

  9. March 17, 2014

    TeliaSonera faces US probes on Uzbekistan corruption allegations

    TeliaSonera is under investigation by the US Department of Justice over corruption allegations in Uzbekistan in a...

  10. beyondbrics

    March 11, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * China opens door to new private banks | Groups such as Alibaba and Tencent will be encouraged to back 5...

  11. March 10, 2014

    Azerbaijan raises $1.2bn in international bond debut

    Azerbaijan has raised $1.25bn in its first international bond sale, in a sign of continued investor interest in emerging...

  12. beyondbrics

    March 6, 2014

    Doing business with Russia from a former Soviet Republic

    Imagine you are a young business in a former Soviet Republic, about to enter a greenfield investment with new Russian...

  13. February 28, 2014

    Total looks to sell stake in Azerbaijan gasfield

    Total is in talks to sell its stake in a huge gasfield in Azerbaijan after it baulked at the enormous cost of the project,...

  14. beyondbrics

    January 20, 2014

    Tablet made in Armenia - the next big thing? [updated]

    It sounds improbable. Dogged by closed borders with Turkey and Azerbaijan, a narrow export base, pervasive monopolies and an...

  15. January 15, 2014

    Over the hump for oil demand

    The history of energy in the 20th century was mainly about oil; the struggle to find oil, to secure its supply and bring it...

  16. January 1, 2014

    Azerbaijan gas pipeline aims to carve out a niche across Europe

    For a decade, the EU has nurtured an almost absurdly ambitious plan – to pump natural gas from the Caspian Sea thousands of...

  17. December 17, 2013

    Europe’s gas: going with the flow

    The Caspian Sea is an “endorheic basin” – water flows only into it, never out. So does money. The Kashagan oilfield has...

  18. December 17, 2013

    Azerbaijan to supply gas to Europe after BP-led consortium’s deal

    A BP-led consortium has signed a $28bn deal to develop a massive Azeri natural gasfield, paving the way for Caspian gas to...

  19. December 16, 2013

    Total and Statoil pull out of Tanap gas pipe deal

    Oil majors Total and Statoil have dropped their interest in a planned pipeline that would bring natural gas from the Caspian...

  20. Nick Butler

    November 27, 2013

    Europe cannot allow a Russian anschluss in Ukraine

    Ukraine, to coin a phrase, is a far way country of which we know little. Its geographic misfortune is to be the buffer state...

  21. October 21, 2013

    Commodities traders face increased competition

    Glencore Xstrata, Vitol and Trafigura face the prospect of increased competition and lower margins, as national companies...

  22. beyondbrics

    October 10, 2013

    Azerbaijan’s elections: the Aliyev dynasty remains

    Nobody seriously doubted that Ilham Aliyev would be re-elected for a third term as president of Azerbaijan in Wednesday’s...

  23. October 9, 2013

    Azerbaijan leader Aliyev eyes third term in presidential poll

    BAKU, October 9 - Azeri President Ilham Aliyev appears certain to extend his rule in the oil-producing former Soviet...

  24. Nick Butler

    October 2, 2013

    The Turkish choice – rhetoric or relevance

    For the first time in more than a century Turkey has the potential to play a crucial role in the world economy. Its...

  25. beyondbrics

    September 20, 2013

    Turkey: gas licence speaks volumes about Kurdish relations

    Turkey’s energy market regulator EPDK this week awarded Turkish construction group Siyah Kalem a licence to import gas from...

  26. September 19, 2013

    Azerbaijan gas decision to disappoint Brussels

    BP and its partners behind the Shah Deniz gas project in Azerbaijan have made a long-awaited announcement on long-term...

  27. beyondbrics

    August 6, 2013

    Tanap tender: the gas pipeline to Europe, eventually

    Source: Ordinarily the announcement of a pre-qualification tender for the construction of a pipeline wouldn’t rate...

  28. June 26, 2013

    TAP clinches Azeri gas pipeline deal

    Nabucco West, one of Europe’s most ambitious infrastructure projects, has lost out to a rival in the contest to supply...

  29. June 18, 2013

    Austria suspends central bank official over banknote scandal

    Austria’s central bank has suspended its deputy governor, after he was charged in connection with a bribery scandal over...

  30. June 9, 2013

    Decision time for BP-led group on route of Caspian gas pipeline

    It’s crunch time for one of the EU’s most ambitious infrastructure projects, as a crucial decision looms on the route of a...

  31. May 28, 2013

    GDF Suez buys stake in Nabucco project in vote of confidence

    OMV, the Austrian oil and gas company, has sold a 9 per cent stake in the Nabucco natural gas pipeline consortium to GDF...

  32. beyondbrics

    May 20, 2013

    Turkey-Azerbaijan: ties that bind

    The Azeri dialect of Turkish may sound strange to Turkish ears but it is perfectly intelligible and the increasing economic...

  33. The World

    May 17, 2013

    In the Picture: Eurovision and Euro Divisions

    It’s a competition with some questionable talent, scorned for its lack of taste, and yet the Eurovision Song Contest has an...

  34. beyondbrics

    May 10, 2013

    Georgia: Tata in $700m hydro scheme

    India’s Tata Power has agreed to invest in two hydroelectric projects in Georgia that will help the impoverished South...

  35. May 9, 2013

    Silk Road: Groups aim to renew links with an area rich in ancient history

    Few historical developments are as shrouded in myth and misunderstanding as the Silk Road. This ancient series of trade...

  36. beyondbrics

    May 3, 2013

    Corporate watch: Azerbijan's Socar has European ambitions

    Azerbaijan is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, transforming itself in a few years from a war-ravaged backwater...

  37. March 17, 2013

    European gas projects falter on low demand

    The eurozone crisis has set back European Union plans to diversify gas supplies by more than a decade, according to one of...

  38. beyondbrics

    March 15, 2013

    Turkish energy: not enough storage

    There is an oft-repeated mantra used to help explain Turkey’s perennially problematic current account deficit: “A $10 rise...

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