• New rise of the Middle East refiners

    Exports from the new super-refineries of the Middle East – now the world’s fastest-growing refining region – will speed the pace of closures in Europe, Martin Quinlan writes


  • Climbing up the chemicals cycle

    The chemicals business cycle edged upwards in 2013 and there are hopes for more progress this year, Martin Quinlan writes


  • Uneven progress for chemicals

    The worldwide chemicals business is strengthening but Europe is lagging, Martin Quinlan writes


  • China's refining boom fades

    Slowing oil demand growth, a changing economy and stricter environmental standards are ushering in a new era for refiners, writes Justin Jacobs


  • Comrades in oil

    A proposed crude deal between Russia and China will complicate their relations with the West, argues Anthony Woolich, a partner at law firm Holman Fenwick Willan


  • Geopolitics on the back burner


  • The fracturing of Iraq

    Vast swathes of Iraqi territory are under Islamist insurgents’ control, the chasm between the Kurds and Baghdad has widened again, and the country’s divisive prime minister has stepped down. Kirk Sowell explains how Iraq has reached the brink


  • Mexico’s energy reforms race ahead