Europe needs a new digital deal

Brussels November, 27th 2016


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Europe’s next big challenge is the coming digital revolution and how to harness it. Nobody will be left untouched by the consequences of our digital policies, writes Bjarke Møller.

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Global climate action push ahead, despite slim pickings at COP22

Brussels November, 21st 2016


The UN’s 22nd climate change conference closed on Friday (18 November) with no tangible results.  But the decision of the most vulnerable states to convert to 100% renewable energy is a good signal for the future.

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Businesses believe market forces will save the climate

Brussels November, 17th 2016


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Donald Trump’s election may have caused something of an earthquake among the climate negotiators at the COP22, but the mood in the business community is considerably calmer.

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Winter package leaves doubts hanging over Europe's energy future

Brussels November, 11th 2016


The European Commission’s winter package is an awkward attempt at blending diverging national energy strategies and satisfy the advocates of coal, nuclear and renewables. EurActiv France reports.

Energy industry lobbyists and green activists alike are eagerly awaiting the publication of these 1,000 pages of EU legislation, due on 30 November.

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2050 climate change targets conceal a downturn in effort

Brussels November, 21st 2016


22 countries and a number of private companies promised at COP22 to present climate plans for 2050. But in the short term, most are reluctant to increase their current objectives.

Germany led by example at the Marrakesh climate conference, revealing a climate strategy for 2050. This may be a distant target, but it is nonetheless seen as relevant: COP22 saw the launch of the “2050 pathways platform”.

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Respiratory illnesses and their cost to European Governments

Brussels November, 16th 2016


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Inadequate housing is a major contributor to respiratory illnesses. That is why the VELUX Group is calling for increased political focus on renovation aimed at healthier homes, writes Ulrich Bang.

Ulrich Bang is Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability, VELUX Group.

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An AAA-rated society for workers' rights

Brussels November, 17th 2016 


This European Commission promised progress on social issues, but so far none has materialised. Europe’s workers need job security, well-defined right and a fair standard of living, writes Oliver Roethig.

Oliver Roethig is the Regional Secretary of UNI Europa, the European Services Workers’ Union.

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Europe's 'working poor' and populism on the rise

Brussels November, 17th 2016


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Driven by a labour market recovery, EU citizens’ opportunities for social participation have improved slightly for the first time since 2008. But not everyone is benefiting. A high risk of poverty persists in many countries, especially in southern Europe, warn Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Christof Schiller.

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How can Trump quit the Paris agreement?

Brussels November, 16th 2016


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The idea that the Paris Agreement will survive the election of Donald Trump is politically naïve, writes Klaus Dingwerth.

Klaus Dingwerth is an assistant professor of political science at the University of St. Gallen in Switerland, and a non-residential fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin.

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