North America

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Unconventional gas and oil in North America

The ‘shale revolution’ Over the past decade, the United States and Canada have experienced spectacular growth in the production of unconventional fossil fuels, notably shale gas and tight oil, thanks to technological innovations such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Economic impacts This new supply of energy has led to falling gas prices and … Continue reading

Obama’s 2014 State of Union Speech – fact sheet and reactions

Yesterday, 28 January 2014, President Obama’s held his yearly State of the Union Address. Europe was mentioned twice, first in connection to the creation of jobs and support to entrepreneurs, where trade agreements with Europe (and Asia) would give access to new markets. Later in the speech the President underlined the significance of the transatlantic alliance, as being “the strongest the world has ever known”.  In the … Continue reading

TTIP : Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership : EU-US future FTA

updated 19 June 2013 The European Union and the United States are each other’s main trading partners and enjoy the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world. In 2011, EU imports from the US amounted to  11 % and the exports to 17 % of its extra-EU trade, whereas EU-27 accoounted for 17 % of US imports … Continue reading

EU-US trade agreement: the issues of consumer protection and food safety

In 2011, a high-level working group on Jobs and Growth (HLWG) was tasked by EU and US leaders to analyse possibilities for increasing transatlantic trade and investment. In its interim report, the HLWG proposed the conclusion of a comprehensive EU-US trade and investment agreement, to tackle tariff and non-tariff barriers (including regulatory divergences in a … Continue reading

Transatlantic relations under Obama, 2008-2012

In 2008, the election of US President Obama raised hopes in Europe that transatlantic relations would improve dramatically. Four years later, most Europeans indeed consider relations to be “good” or “mixed”. However, some hopes have given way to realism, for example in the field of climate change. The Obama administration has given multilateralism a higher … Continue reading

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