Angela Merkel

EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions

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The decision makes the EU the first major economy to set post-2020 emissions targets ahead of a global climate pact that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris.
Oxfam activists dressed as corporate lobbyists of fossil fuel companies stage a demonstration ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on October 23, 2014 (AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal

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Poland says that EU’s proposed pace for increasing reliance on renewable energy sources is too fast for Eastern European countries that are trying to grow their economies as they restructure old, energy-dependent industries.
Patrick Pouyanne at the Intercontinental Hotel  in Houston. (Sharon Steinmann / Chronicle )

Total acts swiftly to replace CEO killed in crash

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Barely 36 hours after de Margerie’s death, Total’s board chose its new leader at a board meeting Wednesday.
Patrick Pouyanne at the Intercontinental Hotel  in Houston. (Sharon Steinmann / Chronicle )

New Total CEO will contend with slump in production, oil

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Pouyanne will have to see through a round of cost cuts as lower oil prices and weak returns from refining eat into profit at France’s largest company by sales.
Patrick Pouyanne at the Intercontinental Hotel  in Houston. (Sharon Steinmann / Chronicle )

Total board could vote for new CEO as soon as Wednesday

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Total SA moved its emergency board meeting from Tuesday to Wednesday, when it will likely choose a successor to Christophe de Margerie, who died in a plane crash Tuesday night.
French energy giant Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie addressing reporters during a 2011 press conference in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Reactions to Total CEO death pour in from oil industry, world leaders

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Total SA CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash in Moscow on Tuesday when his private plane struck a snow plow, whose driver Russian investigators say as drunk at the time of the accident.
French energy giant Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie addressing reporters during a 2011 press conference in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Death of Total CEO: Reactions from oil industry, French leaders

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France’s politicians and oil-industry leaders offered their condolences after the death of Christophe de Margerie, 63, chief executive officer of Total SA, the nation’s largest oil company.
European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger attends a news conference in Berlin, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Trilateral gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine about gas supply from Russia for Europe during the upcoming winter take place in the German capital. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Ukraine fighting batters truce before gas talks begin

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Talks aimed at ensuring Russian natural gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter are being held with the European Union in Brussels today as fighting continues.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Putin loses his best friend: Expensive oil

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The decline in oil prices may be depriving Russian President Vladimir Putin of his biggest ally.
BG Group CEO Helge Lund (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

BG Group appoints Statoil CEO to end leadership void

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BG’s new appointment may end a turbulent three-year period where the company’s stock dropped 35 percent.