All articles by Hans-Peter Siebenhaar

Edi Rama: ‘EU accession will not be easy’
Albania's long-term Prime Minister praises Brussels for supporting reforms of the EU accession candidate. The Balkan country wants to diversify energy production and develop oil and gas fields, says Edi Rama in an interview with Hans-Peter Siebenhaar. continue reading →
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Austria leads the way with electricity price brake
All budgets in the Alpine Republic will be relieved with a social component. Economists warn against too loose spending policy of the black-green coalition. continue reading →
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Energy supplier’s financial disaster shakes Austria
The municipal company Wien Energie needs financial guarantees worth billions from the state to secure the electricity supply in the capital. Apparently, the company took a gamble on futures trades on the electricity exchanges. continue reading →
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Russian gas supplies: Bulgaria at a crossroads
The Bulgarian transitional government wants to resume negotiations with Gazprom, while the pro-Russian forces in the country are gaining strength in the face of inflation and the energy crisis. Bulgaria could leave the European solidarity community after the parliamentary elections in October. continue reading →
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Pro-European governments in Prague and Bratislava under pressure
Slovakia faces the threat of new elections in the fall after a possible breakup of the governing coalition. In the Czech Republic, an expected vote of no confidence is weighing on the EU presidency. continue reading →
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Czech Minister of European Affairs Bek: ‘Gas emergency plan is not the final solution’
The EU must prepare for the total shutdown of Russian gas supplies, says the Czech Minister for European Affairs Mikuláš Bek in an interview with Hans-Peter Siebenhaar. This also means that the gas emergency plan would have to be adjusted at short notice if necessary. continue reading →
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Austria plans low-cost electricity share
The government in Vienna wants to implement proposals for the electricity price that are circulating for the gas market in Germany. The opposition, on the other hand, wants a comprehensive price cap along the lines of Spain and Portugal. continue reading →
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EU own resources: Budget Commissioner Hahn urges haste
Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn is calling on EU member states to agree on additional sources of funding by 2023 or 2024, saying that only on this condition can the levies be technically implemented. continue reading →
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Orbán – smooth sailing in Vienna
During his visit to Austria, the long-term Hungarian prime minister had an easy job of it. Meanwhile, Chancellor Nehammer is pushing for a joint EU gas purchase. continue reading →
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Gas crisis unites Europe in solidarity
Germany is closing ranks with Austria on energy supply. But Minister for Economic Affairs, Robert Habeck, also indicates that there is still a need for change at the EU level – in the protection of private households and gas subsidies between countries. continue reading →
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Quartet with signs of decay
In early July, not only did the Czech Republic take over the EU Council presidency, Slovakia also assumed the presidency of the Visegrád Group. But the Ukraine war is undermining the cohesion of the "V4". continue reading →
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Interview: ‘A shot at further developing Europe’
The director of the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, Mario Holzner, warns against further stalling the candidate countries in the Western Balkans. The EU must act to push back geopolitical rivals such as China and Russia, he said in an interview with Hans-Peter Siebenhaar. Therefore, the states should be given access to the single market ahead of accession. continue reading →
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