All articles by Isabel Cuesta Camacho

Italy: Center-right alliance wins election
The conservative center-right coalition led by Fratelli d'Italia party leader Georgia Meloni becomes the strongest force in the Italian parliament, according to projections. However, many Italians sat out the election. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
Giorgia Meloni: both nationalist and pro-European?
The polls ahead of the parliamentary elections in two weeks point to a victory for Giorgia Meloni's Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy) party. However, the center-right alliance is avoiding attacks against Brussels. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
Spain’s prime minister visits Schloss Meseberg
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has been invited by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to attend next Tuesday’s government meeting at Schloss Meseberg. The main topic of discussion is likely to be energy security. Sánchez and Scholz support the plan to build a gas pipeline linking Spain and Portugal with Central Europe. The so-called MidCat project […] continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
How Madrid wants to supply Europe with gas
Spain has one-third of the import capacity for LNG in the EU. The government wants to help avert the threat of supply bottlenecks in Germany, but so far it lacks the pipelines to do so. New pipelines are supposed to change that. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
Special tax for banks and energy companies: These are Madrid’s plans
In the gas crisis, the profits of companies in the energy trade have risen sharply, and banks are profiting from the rise in interest rates, according to the Spanish government. Many governments in Europe are therefore discussing taxes on excess profits, including the German government. Madrid has now decided on this measure. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
Gas price cap in Spain: only moderate relief for consumers
Heat waves and the disruption of Russian gas supplies to Europe are dampening expectations for Spain's measures to cap gas prices. The European gas price mechanism continues to burden consumers, even though their electricity consumption does not depend on Russian gas. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
Draghi wins confidence vote by a hair’s width
Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi fell well short of the broad approval he wanted in the vote of confidence in the Senate. The right-wing parties Forza Italia of Silvio Berlusconi, Lega Nord of Matteo Salvini and the Five Star Movement abstained from voting, thus contributing to the failure of the government. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
Government crisis in Italy: Draghi’s future uncertain
Chaotic days in Rome: The 5-Star Movement has plunged the coalition government into crisis after staying away from a vote of confidence. Prime Minister Draghi announced his resignation, but President Mattarella refused. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
Italy: enough gas for the winter
The government of Mario Draghi continues to claim that it is better prepared than its European neighbors for a halt of Russian gas supplies. In fact, it has already been able to reduce its dependence on Russia enormously. By the end of the year, it wants to fill its gas storage facilities to 90 percent. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
Turmoil in Italy’s politics: Foreign Minister leaves 5-Star Movement
Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has left his party, the M5S. He wants to support Prime Minister Mario Draghi's policies in support of Kyiv, including arms deliveries. With Di Maio, another 60 like-minded people are leaving the party. Matteo Salvini's Lega is now the strongest force in the grand coalition government. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
Spain opens Europe’s largest hydrogen plant
The combination of good solar and wind energy locations makes Spain an important building block for Europe's hydrogen strategy. Germany also wants to participate in a project in the northwest of the country. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
Le Pen and Co: Putin’s friends in Europe
Europe's far-right parties have long sought closeness to Russia, including financial support. Yet since the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, they have been trying to find a new stance toward Putin, at least publicly. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho
Spain and Portugal: Iberian exception for gas prices
Madrid and Lisbon are proposing to Brussels to cap the price of gas at €30 in order to halve the price of electricity. This is a temporary special measure for the two countries, which are poorly connected to the European energy network and do not rely on Russian gas. continue reading →
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by Isabel Cuesta Camacho