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Chernobyl Anniversary: Ukraine Holds Fast to Nuclear Energy Despite Disaster

Result is a boost to the government of Matteo Renzi, who openly supported abstention

Source:  WSJ, 2016/04/17

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Any given Sunday?

This week-end news flow was intense in the energy business as many decisions were expected to be made all over the world regarding fossil fuel producers. But the outcome of last Sunday turns out to be rather unsurprising or, as the French saying goes, the mountain labored and brought forth a mouse. Let’s get back […]

By |April 18th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , |

Italy raises 2017 deficit goal, sets up tussle with Brussels

Italy on Friday cut its forecasts for economic growth this year and next and raised its goal for the 2017 fiscal deficit, setting up a potential conflict with the European Commission. The Commission, already unhappy about Italy’s reluctance to make decisive cuts to rein in its huge public debt, has not yet signed off on […]

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Solar energy potential in the European Union: Portugal and Spain at an advantage even in comparison with Italy and Greece

Source: Stratego (Co-funded by the IEE Programme of the European Union). Peta, the Pan-European Thermal Atlas: renewable energy. As of April 2016.

By |April 5th, 2016|Categories: Map|Tags: , , , , , |

Italy Recovery From Slump Seen Continuing Slowly but Surely

Italy’s economy will keep recovering from recession slowly but surely and avoid a renewed slump this year and next, a Bloomberg survey of analysts showed.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2016/03/15

By |March 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

France and Italy warned again on economic weakness

The European Commission warned France and Italy again on Tuesday (8 March) that their economic weaknesses risked destabilising the other EU economies.

Source:  EU Observer, 2016/03/08

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Italy risks breaking EU fiscal rules even with all leeway granted- Eurogroup

Italy’s 2016 budget is at risk of breaking European Union fiscal rules even if Rome is granted all possible fiscal leeway by the European Commission, euro zone finance ministers said in a joint statement on Monday.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2016/03/07

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

The oil price dilemma or the hypocrisy of cheap oil fear

The price of crude oil is stabilizing around the USD 30.00 pushing all the analysis in one direction: who are going to be the losers and who are going to be the winners? Obviously, as of now, and ever since the lifting of international embargo on Iran on January 16th, everybody is keeping a close […]

Utilities and the Risk of a Central Bank Power Outage

The macroeconomic backdrop looks more challenging for Europe’s regulated utility stocks. The fortunes of Terna and Snam, the Italian power-grid operator and gas infrastructure company, are closely linked to eurozone bond markets. Shares in both rose this week after Italy’s regulator signaled it would not tie the utilities’ permitted returns too closely to bond yields […]

By |November 10th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Italy sells six-month debt at negative yields for first time ever

Italy sold six-month bills at an average negative yield for the first time on Wednesday as the prospect of further monetary easing in the euro zone pushed investors to pay to hold Italian debt. Italy sold 6 billion euros ($6.6 billion) in bills due in April 2016 at a yield of minus 0.055 percent, down […]

By |November 3rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |