In Europe

LNG

What’s next for Europe and natural gas; the importance of LNG

Dániel Stemler | In recent years we have seen countless proposals for projects to deliver natural gas to Europe and ease the European Union’s dependence on Russian gas. And the LNG revolution has put another significant element on the table for European leaders.


Scotland indepence referendum

Will Scotland Trigger Section 30 For Its Independence Referendum?

D-Day for the United Kingdom has arrived. Theresa May will trigger Article 50, starting the divorce from the European Union. Against this backdrop, the PM is facing the threat of a second separation on the domestic front, namely from Scotland, which is not resigned to leaving the EU.


ECB's rates hikes

The Banks Sweep On The ECB Ahead Of Expected Rate Hikes

The certainty that we are on the threshold of a phase of consistent interest rate rises – the Fed could implement two or three further hikes this year – is spurring the European banks to endow themselves with liquidity from the ECB, at low prices.



Where next in Greece?

From MoU Exit To Grexit: Where Next For Greece?

Nick Malkoutzis via Macropolis | When Alexis Tsipras visited New York last year to speak at the UN Assembly, he held a meeting with some heavyweights of the international investment community. The Greek PM was reportedly advised that if he wanted to build trust in Greece as an attractive investment destination, he should shift focus from his main objective of debt relief towards ensuring Greece’s participation in the ECB’s QE programme.


Treaty of Rome

Treaty Of Rome: A Bittersweet 60th Birthday

All European Union members except the UK are meeting today in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the so considered seed of their club: The treaty of Rome. An event with a bittersweet taste however since the participants will start designing a common strategy on Brexit, the first exit of a member state.



Peripheral countries debt

The Peripheral Countries’ Debt Moves To The Political Beat

The Eurozone is showing positive signs of growth and inflation. But the risk premium levels of the peripheral countries are still very high compared with those at the start of this year. In the short-term, they will move to the political beat, particularly any news on the French election.


Next French elections in April

Relaxed France, But With An Eye To Debt Market And Structural Reforms

French elections will likely serve as a way to take the populism temperature, as well as being the next step towards de-globalisation. As the Dutch general elections showed, the populist drive may prove to be not as strong as anticipated by the polls. But most of the media is presenting the French elections in this way. Furthermore, it has to be considered the fact that the pollsters underestimated the force of populism last year in the UK.


Euroesceptic in Spain

The End Of Spain’s Pro-European Consensus?

It’s not easy to find a dyed-in-the-wool Eurosceptic in Spain. There’s a simple explanation for that: since joining the European Union in 1986, the country has benefitted substantially and tangibly from bloc funding.