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Eastern Mediterranean Gas Won’t Solve Europe’s Energy Dilemmas

The energy ministers of Israel, Cyprus, and Greece are talking up possible natural gas exports from their countries as a way of diversifying Europe’s energy supplies away from Russia. They have lobbied the European Commission to conduct a feasibility study for an undersea gas pipeline to bring Israeli and Cypriot gas to Europe via Greece.

Erdoğan’s Ottoman Lessons

By Nora Fisher Onar

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, speaking to an audience at a conference on religion, but also to his country and the world, recently declared that “like it or not” the Ottoman language of Turks’ imperial forbears “would be taught and learned” in high schools.

How War Can Come to Europe

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for the continuing insurgency in Eastern Ukraine mean that peace in Europe can no longer be taken for granted. For several reasons, the West’s current confrontation with Russia is arguably more serious and dangerous than the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Pope Francis in the European Parliament: Much Ado About Nothing?

Pope Francis spoke in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on November 25. Afterwards press accounts mostly picked up on the pontiff’s criticism of the European Union as “somewhat elderly and haggard,” as “grandmother, no longer fertile and vibrant,” as well as his critique of the EU’s handling of immigration.

Murder in Jerusalem

Much of the instant commentary on the brutal murder Tuesday of four Jews who were praying in a synagogue in Jerusalem by two Palestinian assailants is speculating that it represents the crossing of a Rubicon.

A Romanian Religious Revolution: The Orthodox Church and the 2014 Presidential Election

By Lucian Leustean

In 1990, Silviu Brucan, a high-ranking figure during the communist period, declared in an interview that “Romanians will need 20 years to learn democracy.” Brucan’s comments, which came just a few months after Nicolae Ceauşescu’s regime was ousted, were highly criticised at the time but later became known as a prophecy – one which has now been fulfilled, five years behind schedule.

Ukraine’s election: What next?

By Kateryna Pishchikova

Few elections in the former Soviet space have received as much attention as the early parliamentary election in Ukraine on Sunday. As the vote count continues, a number of important results can already be discerned.

Sabre rattling in the Eastern Mediterranean

By Sir Michael Leigh

While the world’s attention is focused on the conflict between fighters from the Islamic State and Kurds on the Turkish-Syrian border, a terrorist attack in Ottawa, and the Ebola outbreak, the eastern Mediterranean is going through a more low-key but worrying bout of energy-fuelled tensions.

TTIP: The View from Germany

By Thomas Straubhaar

No doubt, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has lost momentum. On both sides of the Atlantic, negotiations on the U.S.-EU trade pact started with optimism. Now, pessimists have the upper hand. They concentrate on the risks rather than the opportunities of TTIP. This is especially true with regard to Germany. The U.S.

Why Is Turkey Increasing Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean?

On September 23, the drill ship SAIPEM 10000 — built in South Korea at the cost of $250 million and flying the flag of the Bahamas — arrived in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Cyprus to begin exploring for gas under a license awarded to an Italian-South Korean consortium, ENI-KOGAS.