Poland’s government is hasting to adopt liberal shale gas legislation. It tries to avoid any interference by factually excluding local opposition movements and by pre-empting the development of an EU wide framework on unconventional fossil fuels.
With the European Parliament's ratification of the expansion of EBRD operations to north Africa the question arises again: Is the bank fit for this purpose? The Parliament's answer sounds like a resounding 'maybe'.
The announcement of German energy giant RWE to reconsider its plans for the Nabucco pipeline is just the last in a series of confusingly conflicting signals regarding the fate of this gargantuan project.