Shale gas: Is the gas revolution coming to Europe?

Please note: This blogpost is a reply to the article “Why shale-gas should remain in the ground” by Sonja Peterson. The energy sector is looking to America: for as shale gas production expands, the USA is becoming increasingly independent of gas and oil imports, and is even striving to export the gas. That is not…

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The Solution to the Euro Zone Debt Crisis

The Solution to the Euro Zone Debt Crisis by Dennis J. Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, President of the GES Greece. Ireland. Portugal. Spain. Cyprus. And now Slovenia? The euro zone debt crisis remains unsolved. A solution to that crisis could be quite easy though. To discover the solution, we need…

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Why shale-gas should remain in the ground

Please note: The article “Shale gas: Is the gas revolution coming to Europe?” by Rainer Seele is an answer to this post. Fracking is currently discussed very controversially – especially in Germany. While proponents of this technology – which implies to extract natural gas (or petroleum) by pressing chemical liquids into the ground – hope for…

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Higher longevity challenges pension systems

The key societal trend in many parts of the world is an ageing society. This trend is driven in part by lower fertility but mainly by higher longevity. One of the big challenges is the budgetary pressure on pension systems. A recent study of Bertelsmann Stiftung has provided evidence that extended working life and the…

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