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The Vienna Agreement: conflicting tales of OPEC compliance

The Vienna Agreement: conflicting tales of OPEC compliance
Regan Turner

Regan Turner

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Regan first studied at the Robert Gordon University, where she successfully completed her BA Law and Management and attained a First Class LLB (Hons), followed by a LLM in European Energy and Climate Law specialisation at the University of Groningen and a Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde. Following some professional practice in Scotland and Singapore, and teaching European Environmental Land Law and Delict, Regan is now entering the legal practice as a trainee solicitor in Scotland.
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The Vienna Agreement In November 2016, the 171st Ministerial Conference in Vienna was a welcomed change to the international community’s fight against crippling crude prices. This Agreement obliged 13 OPEC countries to reduce its production by around 1.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) to bring its ceiling to 32.5 mb/d. Eleven non-OPEC nations, specifically Russia, […]

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EU’s environmental policy is blatantly incomplete. The consumption side is missing.

EU’s environmental policy is blatantly incomplete. The consumption side is missing.
Fivos Petsinaris

Fivos Petsinaris

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Fivos Petsinaris holds a MSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Copenhagen and a BA in Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests generally revolve around the interactions between economic and ecological systems and how these are reflected in environmental policy decisions. He is primarily interested in integrated water resource management, sustainable production and consumption patterns, and in environmental justice issues that arise from the transition to a low-carbon economy.
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There are, in other words, high emissions embodied in international trade that accompany the flows of products from the point of origin to the point of consumption. The most characteristic example is the case of China, where one-third of its GHG emissions are associated with the production of goods that are exported and consumed in […]

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Realpolitik still determines EU responses to Rule of Law threats. Here is why.

Realpolitik still determines EU responses to Rule of Law threats. Here is why.
Emilie Bartolini

Emilie Bartolini

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Emilie is a half Dutch – half Italian Master Student at the College of Europe in Bruges, where she specializes in EU Politics. Before moving to Belgium, she studied at the University of Florence a Bachelor in Political Science and spent a year in the UK, where she graduated with a Master in Democracy and Comparative Politics at University College London. Her main research focus is on Democracy within the EU and Inter-institutional relations, although she also likes to read and write about electoral politics in Western European countries.
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A decisive action against Poland and Hungary for violating the Rule of Law has been vocally called by many in Brussels and beyond. However, EU Institutions have failed to take effective action against their infants terribles so far. This can be explained by Member States’ reluctance to accept EU intrusion in national constitutional matters and […]

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Changing energy model dynamics one community at a time

Changing energy model dynamics one community at a time
Liam McDonnell

Liam McDonnell

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Liam McDonnell holds an MSc Environment and Resource Management from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam which focused on sustainability issues through economic and policy standpoints. Within this program he specialized in sustainable energy analysis and climate policy and holds a particular interest in the flow of goods and services in the economy and their relationship with natural systems and energy infrastructures. He has carried out research internships with Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) and Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and currently performs stakeholder research for Westminster Forum Projects on upcoming policies and developments involving energy, environment and health in the UK.
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With an inherit shift in cultural identity needed bringing the fight towards grassroots level has the potential to pay high dividends in the grand scheme. Community Energy Projects (CEPs) are attracting increasing attention as they do not just enhance the technical basis of renewable energy but also increase social acceptance of core issues involved with […]

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Have our food waste policies passed their expiry date?

Have our food waste policies passed their expiry date?
Natasha Emily Foote

Natasha Emily Foote

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Natasha holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Bristol and an MA in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex. She has a particular interest in issues of food production and alternative approaches to agriculture, as well as in conservation, notably the ways in which human and conservation interests conflict.
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Over a third of food produced goes straight into the bin. Across Europe, the annual amount of food waste is estimated to be a whopping 89 million tonnes, which is expected to rise to around 126 million tonnes by 2020. Environmentally speaking, this represents a catastrophic loss of valuable inputs such as water and soil […]

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Turmoil in Southern Philippines – next step towards the creation of a new ISIS Caliphate?

Turmoil in Southern Philippines - next step towards the creation of a new ISIS Caliphate?
Emile Fabre

Emile Fabre

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Emile Fabre is an aspiring political affairs researcher and MA student at the College of Europe in Natolin, Poland, whose analytical work focuses on international affairs and security issues. Previously Emile has engaged in human rights monitoring, researching armed conflict and extremism as well as drafting policy on foreign affairs by working at the European External Action Service, European Parliament and International Crisis Group. He holds degrees from the American Graduate School of Paris (MSc International Relations) and Paris-Sud University (MA Diplomacy).
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For decades, Southeast Asia has been the habitat of various extremist movements with each group operating to serve its unique objectives. The arrival of ISIS has severely disrupted the former regional status quo. Aligning Muslim extremism with more global ambitions, ISIS has slowly established the concept of Jihadi franchises, developing ties between formerly unrelated groups. […]

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It’s not you, it’s me – what the US withdrawal from Paris means for renewable energy investment

It’s not you, it’s me - what the US withdrawal from Paris means for renewable energy investment
Regan Turner

Regan Turner

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Regan first studied at the Robert Gordon University, where she successfully completed her BA Law and Management and attained a First Class LLB (Hons), followed by a LLM in European Energy and Climate Law specialisation at the University of Groningen and a Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde. Following some professional practice in Scotland and Singapore, and teaching European Environmental Land Law and Delict, Regan is now entering the legal practice as a trainee solicitor in Scotland.
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The Paris Agreement is an international agreement, where 195 countries came together to tackle climate change. The countries made voluntary pledges on how they are going to achieve their climate goals. These ‘pledges’ involve aiding developing nations through providing climate finance and technology transfers, in addition to greenhouse gas emissions stabilisation and reduction, thus cementing […]

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Time to scrap the cap – modernizing the EU budget

Time to scrap the cap – modernizing the EU budget
Simone Esposito

Simone Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Simone is a graduate student in EU Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is specialising in the public policy of the European Union. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, and took part in the Erasmus exchange programme at Sciences Po Paris. Simone currently works as Economic Affairs officer for the 1989 Generation Initiative, a newly founded policy network that commits to mobilise young citizens to revive the European project. His interests lie in the field of politics and geopolitics in Europe, and in European political economy.
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On the 12th of June, European news website POLITICO revealed the European Parliament President Tajani’s proposals to reshape radically the EU budget, slimming down the funds devoted to farmers, its prime beneficiaries. The aim would be to refocus Europe’s spending toward three priority areas for European citizens: security, immigration and (youth) unemployment. The plan, which […]

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EU and Chinese energy cooperation: Remodelling a new world order?

EU and Chinese energy cooperation: Remodelling a new world order?
Thomas Grandjouan

Thomas Grandjouan

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Thomas is a franco-british graduate student in EU affairs from Sciences Po, Paris. His interests include EU energy security, EU-Russia relations, renewable energy sources, and EU institutional reform. He is a member of the Labour Party and the Young European Federalists.
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In light of President Trump rescinding the United State’s commitment to ratify the Paris climate accords, the EU-China agreement signed in Brussels on June 2nd 2017 signals at least two things: the strengthening of EU-China’s energy cooperation, a keystone of their strategic partnership, and an increase in China’s role on the world stage through a small […]

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The EU-China climate alliance: new plans and old troubles

The EU-China climate alliance: new plans and old troubles
Saba Sekulovic

Saba Sekulovic

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Saba Sekulovic is a recent LL.M graduate in International and Economic Law at Europa Institut, Saarland University, Germany specializing in Investment, Trade and Dispute Resolution. Previously, she obtained her Bachelor of Laws at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. After graduating, she completed an internship with WilmerHale Litigation/Controversy Department in Frankfurt am Main, as well as Mena Chambers, a dispute resolution and energy law firm in Brussels. Before that, she was a trainee with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.
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At the 19th EU-China summit, set against the backdrop of US-President Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the two economies and major emitters of greenhouse gases reconfirmed their commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change. With the 2015 Paris Agreement the 195 signatories commit themselves to reduce the negative impacts of climate […]

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