Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline receives final permit despite Trump efforts to torpedo it

BRUSSELS — Danish authorities Wednesday removed the final barrier to a natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany that has drawn fire from President Trump, issuing a construction permit that could lead to the project’s completion within months. The decision by the Danish Energy Agency to allow the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be laid […]


Denmark’s Energy Agency has granted Nord Stream 2 AG permission to lay part of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on the country’s continental shelf, south-east of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. According to the agency’s estimates, this route is the safest and most environment-friendly. As I have repeatedly emphasized, falling under the rule of […]

Azerbaijan As Gateway To Europe – East-West Corridor: Hard vs Soft Connectivity?

A conference organised by EURACTIV on ‘Global Eurasia – connectivity as a driver for peace, stability and security’ raised questions such as “greener” connectivity, in line with Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s priorities. But diplomats from the region were more focused on infrastructure. The panellists on Tuesday (8 October) were the ambassadors to the […]

After Turkey’s Syria Operation, Southeast Europe Battles For Volkswagen Investment

Four countries have jumped at the news that Volkswagen has postponed the decision on building a factory in Turkey, following Ankara’s military offensive in northeast Syria. Volkswagen told EURACTIV on Wednesday (23 October) that it was not looking for a new location: “We follow the events very carefully. Planning for the new plant is still […]

Russian Views of the Saudi Oil Facility Attacks

The September 14 attack on the Saudi oil facilities at Buqayq and Khurais was allegedly committed by Yemen’s Houthi militants—although it was more likely carried out with Iranian assistance or even by Tehran itself. Indeed, the Saudi Ministry of Defense claims the drone and cruise missile strikes were delivered from the north, thus pointing to […]

Military Options Against Iran Realistic As U.S. Reveals Who Is Behind The Saudi Drone Attack

The attacks on Saudi oil facilities that took off 5.7 million bpd from global oil production were launched from southwestern Iran, a U.S. government official claims. A team of U.S. security experts who traveled to Saudi Arabia to examine the wreckage of the drones and cruise missiles fired against Aramco’s Khurais field and the Abqaiq […]

To Counter China, Out-Invent It

Trump’s Trade War Ignores the Real Threat From Beijing China’s economic strategy is no secret. In the short term, Beijing will grow the country’s economy by manufacturing and exporting cheap, globally competitive goods. Over the longer term, it will build the capital, infrastructure, and expertise necessary to make the country an innovation powerhouse. China is […]