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"Biden is saying, he is doing everything he can to stop the war in Ukraine, but if he does not succeed in that in the coming months -and it seems very likely- Russian President Putin and not the President of the US will determine how much a gallon of gasoline costs at the pump in the US."

US Midterm elections: only three months to go

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, August 5, 2022

Until recently, Joe Biden struggled with the image of the weak leader who had to endure the doom and gloom of the world without coming to grips with it

"Russian gas group Gazprom announced last Monday that it will further reduce deliveries via Nord Stream 1, the main pipeline to Europe".

A gas saving plan and the non-united EU

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The EU is aiming for a joint 15% reduction of gas consumption during the winter that is coming

The climate seems to be a concern for later.

The Climate? A concern for later

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, July 20, 2022

‘Half of humanity is in danger zone

Greeks are the world’s biggest tanker owners and were the most active transporters of Russian oil, even before the invasion of Ukraine in February.

Zelensky attempts to whip up public opinion

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attempts to whip up public opinion against seaborne Russian oil exports, particularly the Greek tankers that carry big part of it

"Xi mentioned support for Hong Kong’s status as a global financial and trading centre, but he did not reveal any policy about it".

Xi’s warning on the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, July 6, 2022

It happened, on July 1, in the shadow of the almost all attention attracting war in Ukraine

"Even though the summer has yet to really start, we seriously have to prepare for a hard winter".

Winter is coming

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, June 29, 2022

There is a persistent form of denial of the seriousness of the energy crisis, especially among Western leaders

"The election results are likely to lead to months of negotiations as Macron has to seek allies among his rival parties".

French voters punish their President

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, June 22, 2022

President Emmanuel Macron lost his absolute majority in the Assemblee Nationale

"Τhe big divide that the survey shows, is between those who want to end the war as quickly as possible and those who want Russia to be punished".

Ukraine: European unity under pressure

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Europeans have surprised President Vladimir Putin with their unity so far and decisiveness in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but now they fear seriously the economic pain of a protracted conflict

‘North Macedonia has made many tough decisions for the country, one of them being the Prespa agreement, with which we able to resolve the name dispute with Greece and to become member of NATO’, the prime minister said, referring to the landmark 2018 agreement with its neighbour.

‘The EU has to deliver not only promise’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Manfred Weber, a failed European Commission president and now president of the EPP, wants the EU to grant Ukraine (, Moldova and Georgia) official candidate status

"As with many EU sanctions against Russia, the oil boycott also shoots the EU itself in the foot".

Despite Russian oil boycott, EU loses face

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Late on Monday, May 30, the 27 EU leaders finally agreed a partial oil boycott of Russia

In recent weeks Hungary has emerged already as the EU’s disrupter on punitive measures against Russia over the war in Ukraine, opposing an embargo on Russian oil, also proposed by the Commission as a part of the so called Sixth Package of EU Sanctions.

How to organise an EU oil embargo?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Last week the 1st Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, presented with much fanfare a €210 billion plan REPowerEU, aimed at ditching Russian fossil fuels by 2027

"It looks as though Europe will become the region with the highest energy costs in the world for a long time to come".

Is the EU shooting itself in the foot?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The philosophy of sanctions is that they should hit another country rather than causing harm to your own country

"No surprise, that Commission President Von der Leyen threw her weight behind the idea of changing EU treaties. More power for the EP and less power for the member states?".

Moving towards an ever-closer European Union?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The ‘Conference on the Future of Europe (please read: European Union!)’ has had his closing event. The purpose of the Conference was to engage citizens in a broad debate on the future of the EU

"It is clear that the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe do not represent an expression of the will, nor the ideas, of the EU population!".

The ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’ has failed

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, May 3, 2022

As was to be expected, the ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’ (i.e. the European Union) turned out to be contrary to its whole original raison d’etre

"Macron has repeatedly said he was the only barrier between the French voter and populism".

Macron must avert misfortune in 2027

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, April 27, 2022

More than 17 percent: the gap is still large between extreme right and the Elysee. But the task ahead for the re-elected President is extremely difficult, he has to close a deep rift in French society

"Fighting disinformation with censorship is a mistake, wrote the European Federation of Journalists in a press release in which it opposed the EU measure".

Freedom of the Press? Apparently not always…

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The decision to ban Russian media in the European Union did not deserve much attention

"Macron must be careful not to suffer the same fate as US President George Bush in 1992, who campaigned on his foreign policy after the Gulf War".

La France: the tale of two countries

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, April 13, 2022

In France, the political earthquake of 2017 continues. Emmanuel Macron is doing well with the ‘couche superieure’ of the French society; Marine Le Pen can count on the votes of ‘la France d’en bas’

The latest report form the IPCC climate panel was released on Monday, focusing on this one question: how can we reduce greenhouse emissions quickly and dramatically to avoid an inhospitable climate future?

It is enough!

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, April 6, 2022

The first Kyoto climate treaty is now in his early thirties. Despite all promises, annual CO2 emissions have increased by no less than 60 percent since then

Maybe you remember that during his presidential campaign, Biden often reproached Donald Trump that ‘words matter’. Isn’t that especially true in times of war?

Biden’s nine words too much…

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 30, 2022

‘For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power’, the nine explosive words Joe Biden uttered Saturday night at the end of a speech at the Royal Castle in Warsaw

"War or not, in Poland the dismantling of the rule of law and democracy continues shamelessly".

Rule of law? Not now: it is war

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Last week the heads of government of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia took the train to Kiev

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