German Press: The discovery of natural gas in Cyprus raises hopes

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The discovery of new natural gas deposits off Cyprus is being dealt with by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in today’s article. According to initial estimates, the Kronos offshore field holds 2.5 trillion cubic feet of gas – “almost enough to supply Germany for a year,” the paper noted. “Can New Fields Help Address Europe’s Gas Shortage?”

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According to the Cypriot authorities, the country as well as the companies are doing everything they can to speed up the exploitation of the new plot in order to contribute to increasing Europe’s energy security. However, it will be years before natural gas from Cyprus reaches European consumers. According to FAZ: “Cypriot gas is not available in the short term and exporting it to international markets would likely trigger conflicts with Turkey.

In addition to serious economic obstacles, there are serious political obstacles to the exploitation of Cypriot natural gas fields. The island has been divided since 1974 after Turkey seized the northern part, which it still holds today. “The conflict over gas and Turkey’s attempt to dominate the region create many obstacles,” notes FAZ.

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“Table of Six” against Erdogan

Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

Who will succeed in dethroning the “populist Recep Tayyip Erdogan” and the AKP party, wonders Süddeutsche Zeitung in her article about the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey. The Munich newspaper reveals a plan by six opposition parties to run with a common candidate. The so-called “Table of Six”, an amalgamation of Turkish opposition parties, has not yet settled on a candidate name, with Mustafa Yeneroglu, vice-president of the coalition’s Deva party, explaining to Suddeutsche Zeitung: “The name issue has not yet arisen.”

However, as SZ comments, the leading candidate appears to be Kemal Kilicaroglu, head of the CHP party, who states: “If the alliance of six wants it, I will enter.” “The conditions for the opposition are not bad,” observes the Munich newspaper. “80 million Turks feel the bad economic situation so, according to surveys, support for Erdogan is falling.” The AKP is below 30% and according to some polls, Erdogan himself would have difficulty facing a strong challenger. Its informal coalition partner, the nationalist MHP, is also weakening.

But the “Table of Six” faces a serious problem. It has not yet managed to integrate the Kurdish party HDP into its alliance. “However, without the Kurds, the elections are difficult to win”, concludes the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

How will energy consumption be reduced?

Memorial, Berlin

The monuments will not be illuminated

In an article by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung presents the plan of the Minister of Economic Affairs Robert Habeck to reduce the consumption of natural gas and electricity in Germany.

The key elements of the decree according to FAZ are: “Common areas such as corridors or halls must no longer be heated in public buildings. Workplaces in public buildings can be heated up to a maximum of 19 degrees. While for private companies , the minimum temperature will be reduced from 20 to 19 degrees. In order to save electricity, it is planned that buildings and monuments will not be lit from the outside, while illuminated signs should remain off from 22:00 to 16:00.” .

Habeck believes that it is necessary to reduce energy consumption by at least 15% or even better by 20% so that there is no limited availability of natural gas. But this, as FAZ comments, “cannot be achieved with these two decrees”.

Efthymis Angeloudis

Source: Deutsche Welle

Source: Capital

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