Europe’s patchwork path to liberalisation

The political motives guiding French obstruction to further energy market liberalisation at the European Union summit in Barcelona in March seem slight, given the tumultuous turn of events in the country’s recent presidential vote.

Throughout Europe, political concerns over the rise of radical political parties has eclipsed the professed economic ambitions of the summit. The summit was, in British prime minister Tony Blair’s terms, a “make or break” event for economic reform, with energy

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