Welcome to the Greenpeace EU blog, where our veteran policy experts offer insights into the political animal that is Brussels and the maelstrom of European law making. We are right at home with the agriculture, chemical, climate & energy, fisheries, transport and forest policy briefs. We aim for quality rather than quantity, so expect updates when there is something interesting to say rather than on a strict schedule.

  • EU needs to prove it deserves Nobel Peace prize

    Blogpost by jmaman - December 10, 2012 at 14:00

    Today I watched, along with millions of others across the globe, the Noble Peace Prize being awarded to the European Union for its contribution to the "advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe."

    While the EU deser... Read more >

  • Food, fuel, forests and climate – the biofuels conundrum

    Blogpost by Sini Harkki - October 18, 2012 at 13:00


    Fossil fuels are killing our climate and we need to find alternatives. It’s a simple message that most people get, but what happens when one of the supposed alternatives also becomes not just a climate killer, but a driver of hunger? Then su... Read more >

  • The dirty secret under VW's Brussels bonnet

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - September 20, 2012 at 15:22

    Well this must be embarrassing. As you know, Europe’s biggest carmaker Volkswagen has been saying it wants to become the most environmentally-friendly car company in the world. But in reality the managers of VW want to do as little as possible under... Read more >

  • Car giant to exceed EU targets, but will it rein in the lobbyists?

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - March 15, 2012 at 17:07

    Last week Volkswagen announced improvements to its new cars that will reduce their emissions by enough to beat existing EU legislation. Are we surprised? Are we stunned?

    Not really. It’s not the success we are looking for, we’re still a long way fr... Read more >

  • Arctic Sunrise captures EU trawlers plundering West African seas

    Blogpost by Willie Mackenzie - February 27, 2012 at 9:03

    Greenpeace activists from the ship Arctic Sunrise take action last week against Russian super-trawler Oleg Naydenov, off the coast of Senegal. Having overfished the seas closer to home, foreign trawlers are now plundering West African waters.


    Our ship, the Arctic Sunrise, is currently in Mauritanian waters to highlight the problems of overfishing emptying African seas. Vast factory-style fishing boats are trawling out fish at an alarming rate and decimating local ecosystems and l... Read more >

  • End of the road for dirty biofuels

    Blogpost by Kees Kodde - February 3, 2012 at 10:12

    "Palm oil-diesel. Extinction and climate disaster."


    It’s been a bad few weeks for biofuels produced from food crops: first, the US Environmental Protection Agency said that biodiesel made from palm oil will not count towards the country’s renewable fuels mandate because they are damaging to t... Read more >

  • EU boats chasing African fish

    Blogpost by Farah Obaidullah - January 25, 2012 at 16:15

    It is no secret that Europe’s seas, once teeming with life, are now unable to provide fish for all its citizens. EU governments and the fishing industry have known for decades that they catch more than their seas can provide, so much so that the Eu... Read more >

  • Chemical giant BASF flees Europe

    Blogpost by Marco Contiero & Lasse Bruun - January 20, 2012 at 16:23


    The biggest chemical company in the world, BASF, is moving to the US because Europeans don’t want its genetically engineered potatoes. Just days ago, the company announced its decision to move its main laboratory for the development of ge... Read more >

  • Why patenting life is a bad idea

    Blogpost by Marco Contiero - December 16, 2011 at 17:35


    It is almost two months to the day since Europe’s highest court banned the commercial patenting of stem cells involving the destruction of embryos.

    The original case was brought by Greenpeace in Germany, with the backing of a medical ass... Read more >

  • How big is yours?

    Blogpost by Saskia Richartz - December 13, 2011 at 15:38


    No, not that. Your fishing fleet… how big is your fishing fleet? No idea? Nor it seems do most governments in Europe. That’s quite a problem when size is at the heart of our overfishing problems.

    I’ve just come back from a press conferenc... Read more >

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