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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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Danish MEP, Group of the Greens

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2018-10-22 Talking Europe

'EU parliament vote will determine heart and soul of Europe for years to come'

With a matter of months to go until European citizens elect their next parliament, there’s already jockeying for position in the race for one job in particular. Once again in...

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2018-10-22 Talking Europe

Have your fish and eat it: Can British fishing fleets net a Brexit bonus?

This week we're turning our attention under the sea. French and British fishing boats recently faced off in the English Channel over who had the right to fish for scallops. That...

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2018-10-15 Talking Europe

Spain's Europe minister rules out new Catalan independence referendum

Spain's European Affairs Minister, Luis Marco Aguiriano, says there will be no new regional referendum on independence for Catalonia. "If there is a referendum aimed at changing...

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2018-10-15 Talking Europe

Hungary's Orban: What consequences of symbolic EU vote?

In an unprecedented step, EU lawmakers recently voted to take action against Hungary's government for undermining fundamental EU values. Brussels accuses Budapest of breaking the...

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2018-10-08 Talking Europe

France's Europe minister: 'Chequers plan would threaten functioning of EU'

France's European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau says British Prime Minister Theresa May must change the UK's draft Withdrawal Agreement, as "the Chequers proposal would...

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