Europe & Eurasia
Not yet a Caspian Sea change
1 October 2006
The first multilateral agreement between the five littoral states of the Caspian Sea is a welcome sign, but it does not presage an over-arching agreement on the division of the sea, writes NJ Watson
EU/Russia must meet half way
1 September 2006
Russia may yet ratify the Energy Charter Treaty. But the EU will have to make some sacrifices, writes Andrei Konoplyanik, deputy secretary-general of the Energy Charter Secretariat
Enemy of the motherland
1 August 2006
"It was clear I was doing a decent job or they wouldn't have kicked me out" – Robert Amsterdam, lawyer to Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Interview by Derek Brower
Rhetoric versus reality
1 August 2006
Learning from past mistakes
31 May 2006
Long-term planning and co-operation between consumers and producers will help avert future energy crises, says Lord David Howell, energy minister in Margaret Thatcher's first cabinet. Interview by Ayesha Daya
Environment comes off second best
1 May 2006
The Norwegian government's plan to open up the Barents Sea has been widely viewed as a political compromise that pleases neither environmentalists, nor oil firms, Ayesha Daya reports from Norway
Some progress, but not enough
1 May 2006
Central and eastern European countries have made decent progress in reforming their power and gas markets compared with many Western European states – but that is not saying much. NJ Watson writes
Anger management in Brussels
1 April 2006
The European Commission has accused some utilities and states of blocking competition and pushing up gas and electricity prices. What should it do about it? NJ Watson writes
Renewable research
1 April 2006
The European Commission has promised to draw up a new directive on renewable energies for heating and cooling before the end of 2006, but this legislative ambition appears at odds with the IEA's assessment there has been a serious decline of R&D budgets for renewables. NJ Watson reports
The ties that bind
1 March 2006
The loudest voices crying foul against Russia during the recent bust-up with Ukraine over gas were, not surprisingly, countries that used to be part of the Soviet bloc. NJ Watson looks at the steps they are taking to reduce their reliance on Russian gas supplies