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UK is reviving nuclear energy in Europe with higher costs

The British government recently made a deal with French-owned EDF, Arriva and Chinese investors to continue with the development of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset. This represents

Europe Politics

EU’s economic problems prevent a comprehensive immigration policy

Capsizing boats full of asylum-seekers off the coasts of Italy and Malta have made headlines in Europe. Despite the loss of lives, the EU has not come up with a

Europe Technology and infrastructure

UK’s High Speed Rail 2 unlikely to boost growth by itself

It has not been a good month for High Speed Rail 2 (HS-2). The proposed upgrade to transport infrastructure that would connect London to Birmingham with a high-speed line running

Economics Europe

Unlike public, UK manufacturers favour EU membership

Anti-EU sentiment has been on the rise in most of the bloc’s 28 member states since the onset of the European sovereign debt crisis. However, few European countries have proven

Economics Europe

Will Chinese investment boost British economy?

British Chancellor George Osborne’s recent visit to China was aimed at promoting Chinese investment in the United Kingdom and he promised to reduce financial trade barriers. The Chancellor hopes that

Europe Finance

Slovenia’s banking crisis is heading towards its peak

Slovenia’s ongoing banking crisis is heading toward its peak as the November date for the debt-ridden Slovenian banks’ stress test results closes in. Slovenian central banker Bostajan Jazbec has recently

Europe Natural resources and energy

Baltic dependence on Russian gas about to end

At the moment, European energy markets are heavily dependent on Russian supplies. This is especially true of the countries with direct land borders to the big bear, including Finland and

Europe Security

Four Years In: Reviewing Catherine Ashton’s Term

The European Union is ‘an Economic Giant, a Political Dwarf, and a Military Worm’. The first part is undeniably true, as the current EU-US negotiations remind us, but have the second two

Europe Finance

Italy’s Enrico Letta Safe From Berlusconi – for Now

And so the Eurozone’s woes continue: A potential grand coalition government collapse in Italy has further threatened the recovery of the currency union’s third largest economy. On a continent with

Europe Natural resources and energy

Miliband’s Energy Price Freeze Lacks Long-Term Strategy

Labour leader Ed Miliband has decided to start a war with British energy suppliers, announcing major changes in the UK’s energy sector regulation if Labour wins the 2015 general elections.