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EU clings to hopes of Trans-Caspian gas pipeline

The European Commission still believes Europe can break Russia's stranglehold on Central Asia gas supplies with a Trans-Caspian pipeline, but a new Russian deal and internal EU divisions are hampering the project.

"We're still very optimistic about this," a commission spokesman said on Friday (1 June), adding that Brussels will in the "very near future" appoint a high-level "coordinator" such as an ex-commissioner or former European cabinet minister to push the project along.

"My...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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