Senior writer Dave Keating is a US journalist and conference moderator covering European affairs from Brussels, with a focus on environment and energy. He has worked for France24 and Forbes. Contact Dave at: dave.keating [at] energymonitor.ai
The Commission president has tried to reassure the European Parliament that she is resisting pressure from her conservative EPP group to rein in the deal’s ambition, but Ursula von der Leyen’s political incentives are not in the Green Deal’s favour.
Many MEPs from the Left, Liberals and Greens are not happy about the conservative Dutch politician Wopke Hoekstra being in put in charge of climate. But with less than a year left in the EU term, is this a battle worth fighting?
Rishi Sunak’s embrace of fossil fuels and internal combustion engines this summer follows a pattern among conservatives across Europe. Are they right to think that even with the current extreme weather, voters are tired of policies that fight climate change?
President Lula’s election has not unblocked progress on a free trade agreement that stalled under Bolsonaro’s climate policies. Now Brazil’s sovereignty concerns stand in the way of the EU getting the environment and energy guarantees it wants.
A new EU battery regulation has become law following final agreement by MEPs and national governments. Can it reduce Europe’s dependence on foreign battery makers for electric vehicles and consumer goods?