Scarcely two years after protesters redefined the political landscape in Kyrgyzstan, the country’s giant northern neighbour – Kazakhstan – has witnessed a series of uprisings that started in the Western city of Zhanaozen and soon spread to other Southern cities and, most importantly, the former capital of Almaty.
Europe is at the centre of an economic and geopolitical storm. Since last September, the prices of electricity and natural gas have steadily increased. EU natural gas prices soared to a new record high of €180 per megawatt-hour on the 21st of December, underpinned by a double-whammy of cold weather forecasts in late December and fears of supply disruptions. If compared to an average of €20 per megawatt-hour in mid-June, the December figures represent a 900% increase.
The severe power outages that plagued China since September 2021 have highlighted the clash between efforts to limit environmental degradation and short-term economic realities. Lower supplies of coal—due to tighter environmental and safety inspections—combined with soaring power demand on the back of an infrastructure-heavy economic recovery, led to severe power cuts in over 20 Chinese provinces. The power rationing has weighed on the country’s economic growth and impacted global supply chains.
Worldwide, energy prices recently skyrocketed to their absolute highest level in decades, spreading concerns about their ripple effect for consumers, the economic recovery, and energy security.
Contemporary energy dynamics suggest we are heading towards years of likely price volatility, with a strong necessity for governmental support schemes to channel the investments required to achieve the green transition. The final destination of this journey, as well as the travelling speed, will ultimately depend on available resources, technology, and consensus. This consensus, in turn, relies on the capability to distribute in a non-regressive way the costs of the transition.
The increase of the world’s electricity need is approaching a quick surge due to the spread of mobility electrification, the increase in the global population, and the growing use of air conditioning and electronic systems.
While the outcomes and legacy of COP26 are still up to debate, the lead up to the climate summit—co-hosted by the UK and Italy—marked an unmistakeable shift in global climate ambitions. Numerous countries pledged long-term targets to reach net zero emissions and put forth a patchwork of near-term commitments to get emissions on the right track.
Tigray’s campaign was to last only a few weeks. Instead, it risks of escalating into one of Africa’s worst famines.
The Ethiopian war is the most burning issue facing the people of the Horn of Africa in 2022, affecting people from Sudan to Somalia, Eritrea to Kenya and beyond. It is also among the most critical African problems the international community currently confronts.
Le truppe russe al confine ucraino riaccendono l’allarme su una possibile invasione. Una strategia geopolitica, più che militare.
Macron’s second mandate or a far-right victory would have consequences for Italy and Europe’s crossroad between centrism and populism.
The presidential election scheduled for 10 and 24 April 2022 is of considerable importance to France, but also to Italy and Europe.