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EU leaders wake up! Make coal history

Blog entry by Joris den Blanken | August 25, 2014

This weekend I joined a unique European protest, not the usual gathering in front of Commission buildings in Brussels. Almost 8,000 people from all over Europe gathered at the Polish-German border to form an eight-kilometre long human...

Beware the omniscient scientific adviser

Blog entry by Dr. Paul Johnston | July 25, 2014

Are Europe’s polluters demanding more scrutiny of their operations? Well, unsurprisingly, no, but industry lobbyists putting pressure on the European Commission to increase the power of its chief scientific adviser does sound...

Leaked Commission energy security plan keeps EU hooked on energy imports

Blog entry by Franziska Achterberg | May 21, 2014

As tensions escalated between Russia and Ukraine in March, raising fears of disruptions to European gas supplies, EU leaders asked the European Commission to draw up a plan to reduce the EU’s energy dependence. The EU spends over €1bn...

Oops! Commission does it again!

Blog entry by Andrea Carta, Marco Contiero | February 14, 2014

A la carte  approach to EU law on GM crops will come back to bite Following a fraught meeting of EU ministers on Tuesday, the European Commission looks set to push through the approval of a new genetically modified (GM) maize. It...

Rebuttal of the Economist leader article on European climate policy (edition dated 25...

Blog entry by Mark Breddy | January 24, 2014

The two main conclusions drawn by The Economist article – that binding renewables targets don’t work and that the EU should put all its eggs in the carbon market basket – don’t stand up to scrutiny. There’s very strong evidence...

European Commission wearing emperor's new clothes in Davos

Blog entry by Kaisa Kosonen | January 22, 2014

Climate change returned to the agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. And I expect the all-too-familiar placatory phrases will be back as well: it is  very  urgent and  very  serious; it is getting worse, and  “we”  or ...

Strong EU support for Arctic 30 does not go unnoticed

Blog entry by jdenblan | October 25, 2013

Parliaments in democracies the world over are places of vigorous discussion and sometimes fierce debate. Views on either side of the political spectrum are often radically divergent. With members from political parties in all of the...

Canadian tar sands salesman comes to town

Blog entry by Franziska Achterberg | October 18, 2013

When Canada’s Prime Minister meets European Commission President Barroso today, one thing is sure: he will not only seal a trade deal with the man representing the world’s largest economic block, he will also try to dissuade President...

Fixing EU biofuels policy

Blog entry by Sebastien Risso & Sini Harkki | September 9, 2013

The biofuel policy of the European Union is at a crossroads. Currently, an EU law mandates the use of biofuels largely made up of food crops that, instead of reducing emissions, have been shown to increase them. In trying to extinguish...

Debunking the Commission's claims on nuclear state aid

Blog entry by Andrea Carta | July 26, 2013

For the last week, the European Commission has been at pains to explain itself after leaked plans to change EU rules and allow European countries to provide direct state aid to nuclear power came under heavy fire. Chancellor...

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