Analysis: European politics alter the energy status quo

The last 48 hours shifted the political landscape across Europe, and with it, the debate over energy policy.

France now has a new president in Socialist Francois Hollande who wants to substantially shrink his country's iconic nuclear power infrastructure. Russia has an old and familiar face in Vladimir Putin returning to the presidency with a hunger for aggressive oil exploration in the Arctic and elsewhere. And France, Greece and Germany all voted for politicians who want to ease spending austerity.

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