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About Dieter Helm

Dieter Helm is a fellow in economics at New College, Oxford. Among his recent publications are A New British Energy Policy (Social Market Foundation, November 2005).

Articles by Dieter Helm

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Europe's energy future: in the dark

The European commission's new energy plan falls far short of the integrated, long-term strategy that the continent needs, says Dieter Helm.

Russia, Germany and European energy policy

The "special relationship" between Russia and Germany over energy supplies is both a challenge to European Union integration and an invitation to get serious about it, says Dieter Helm.

Russia's energy policy: politics or economics?

Russia's combative "resource nationalism" is a reaction to the frontier capitalism of the 1990s. The west should look, learn and reform, says Dieter Helm.

Western oil companies are reeling from a series of setbacks in Russia. Welcomed in under Boris Yeltsin, offering a new frontier for exploration and production, the likes of BP and Shell saw a chance to build up their reserves. BP saw Russia as a next step in its history - after Iran (it was the Anglo-Persian Oil Company originally), then Alaska, and then the North Sea.

Russian gas, Ukraine and Europe's energy security

The gas-price dispute that erupted in early 2006 has sobering lessons for all the parties involved, says Dieter Helm.

When Gazprom turned down the gas supply to the Ukraine in early January 2006, there was a sense of panic in Europe, as the full extent of dependency on Russian supplies dawned, both inside and outside the old Soviet boundaries. Some saw this as a wake-up call, which would usher in a dash-for-nuclear.

GM and the intensification of farming

The argument over genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) needs to be seen in the context of wider agricultural policy. In itself, the technology is neutral and may even have possible benefits. But the use of GMOs by farmers tied to the distorting economics of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will only intensify the latter’s disastrous environmental impact. Rather than ban GMOs, it would be better to reform the CAP and tax agrochemicals.
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