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2022

The EU and ‘partner’ Azerbaijan: gas first, morals second

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Lukas Kotkamp

Lukas Kotkamp

To make it through the winter without Russian gas, the European Union is frantically searching for new suppliers. Recently, the European Commission struck a deal with a country that has a dubious reputation regarding corruption and human rights: Azerbaijan. A controversial step for the European community of values.

Brussels wants to saddle Europe up with useless hydrogen filling stations

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Jesse Pinster

Jesse Pinster

A pump station every 150 kilometers, where you can fill up with hydrogen. The European Commission hopes that this will encourage the use of the energy carrier. But with the hydrogen revolution nowhere in sight, the EU executive’s plans could well prove to be an expensive disappointment.

Lobby researcher: ‘The Kroes case shows superbly how the system is failing’

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Peter Teffer

Peter Teffer

Emilia Korkea-aho investigates the 'revolving door': politicians and senior officials who become lobbyists, and vice versa. As a result of the revelations about former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes’ lobbying for Uber, the little-known Brussels committee that the Finnish professor investigates has suddenly drawn attention. This is not necessarily conducive to her research.

Politics rolled out the red carpet for speculation on energy and food prices

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Lise Witteman

Lise Witteman

Many ordinary citizens have been suffering from increased food prices since the war in Ukraine. Yet, investors are cashing in on (impending) shortages of food products and fuels. Courtesy of the politicians who, due to skilful lobbying by these investors, were persuaded to relax the rules for the financial sector during the pandemic.