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New IEA boss faces world energy landscape in flux

Mr Birol's credentials as a long-term IEA staffer may help in boosting morale, which insiders say is bruised.


THE new head of the International Energy Agency faces dilemmas that challenge the purpose of the body set up to protect the interests of the West against the power of Opec in the 1970s.

Fatih Birol of Turkey - the IEA's respected chief economist - takes over on Tuesday,