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Latest update : 2018-03-19

'The New Silk Road': Arctic melt sparks territorial scramble

It's one of the most evocative places in the world – and until now, one of its most inaccessible. The Arctic is the world’s frozen ocean, a place where as much as a quarter of the world’s valuable oil and gas may be locked within the sea floor. Up until now, those deposits have been out of reach - but climate change is making parts of the Arctic more accessible than ever before. In February of this year, thermometers there hit record highs.

For the countries with territorial claims in the Arctic, this could be a golden opportunity. For environmentalists, the situation could prove catastrophic. And for those with an eye for international relations, there's potential for new clashes among some of the world's most powerful countries.

Three European Union countries (Denmark, Sweden and Finland) are directly involved in Arctic affairs via the Arctic Council. But the wider EU is facing opposition as it continues to keep its foot in the door of the body.

We bring you an exclusive report on an enormous Russian gas plant in the Arctic. We also find out about clashing territorial claims and debate whether the EU, Russia, or anybody else should even be trying to exploit Arctic resources in our age of climate emergency.

A programme presented by Catherine Nicholson.

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Roxane Runel.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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Urmas PAET

Estonian MEP, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats

Margrete AUKEN

Danish MEP, Group of the Greens

Vladimir CHIZHOV

Russian ambassador to the EU

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2018-04-15 Russia

Russia's EU ambassador: 'The anti-Russian virus crossed the Atlantic and became contagious'

Talking Europe hosts Vladimir Chizhov, a veteran Russian diplomat and permanent representative to the EU since 2005. He argues that the current standoff between Russia and the...

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2018-04-15 Facebook

Protecting data: Is regulating tech giants the answer?

As Facebook grapples with its latest privacy scandal, we discuss how the EU can best protect our data. New regulations come into force on May 25, but are they likely to be...

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2018-04-07 Brexit

EU Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Russia, Brexit and privatisations

Is Europe really united in its response to Russia over the poisoning of the former spy Sergei Skripal? Is this the moment for the UK to lift the lid on its relations with Moscow...

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2018-04-07 Russia

Diplomacy in a cold climate: Russia-EU relations chill over Skripal poisoning

Wherever you are in the world, Russia hasn’t been far from the headlines lately – and neither has the British city of Salisbury. That's where a former Russian spy and his...

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2018-03-30 Economic growth

Former ECB chief Trichet predicts strong economic future for EU - despite Brexit

He's the man who was holding the EU’s purse strings when the global financial crisis hit. Jean-Claude Trichet, former president of the European Central Bank, tells FRANCE 24 why...

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