A good return on the EU’s diplomatic investment?

Why it is a strategic mistake for the EU to leave human rights out of energy talks with Turkmenistan and other potential suppliers.

The visit paid by the European Commission’s president, José Manuel Barroso, and its energy commissioner, Günther Oettinger, to energy-rich Turkmenistan on 15 January is the clearest signal yet of the European Union’s desire to buy gas from a closed country famed for the eccentricities of its leaders and its abysmal human-rights record.

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