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


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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Time for an EU climate policy 2.0?

Brussels November, 10th 2016

The European Commission will soon release its second annual report on the State of the European Energy Union. This is a pivotal moment in the EU’s political calendar, write Teresa Ribera and Thomas Spencer.

By Teresa Ribera is the director of IDDRI and Thomas Spencer is the climate programme director at IDDRI, the FrenchInstitute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, a non-profit policy research institute based in Paris.

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

Brussels November, 17th 2016


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


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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Donald Trump is elected President of The United States

Brussels November, 9th 2016


"I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past — of which there were a few people — I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can unify our great country”

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Businesses believe market forces will save the climate

Brussels November, 17th 2016


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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Academic: ‘Clear evidence that cohesion policy has a significant impact’

Brussels November, 16th 2016



The EU’s cohesion policy, which aims at closing the development gap between rich and poor regions, has succeeded in boosting local growth although many people aren’t aware of it, professor John Bachtler said in an interview.

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Turning energy transition into a revolution

Brussels November, 8th 2016



The energy sector could see a revolution along the same lines as the digital sector, but we first need to scale up breakthrough technologies and train more experts in areas such as smart grids, storage and renewables, according to Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy Union.

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