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European Hustle

Countdown to 2050: The German approach is not a model for Europe

‘Together with a nuclear power share of ca. 15%, [renewable energy sources] will be the backbone of a carbon-free European power system.’ This sentence from the European Commission’s strategic vision for climate-neutrality by 2050, A Clean Planet for All (2018), concisely summarises the argument put forward in this article. Nuclear energy has a crucial role […]

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Countdown to 2050: The EU cannot achieve its climate goals without nuclear energy

The European Union wants to become climate-neutral by 2050. To this end, a vast variety of legislative goals from the European Green Deal to a “comprehensive plan” to cut EU emissions by at least 55% by 2030 have been proposed by the Commission’s President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, while some 25-30% of the EU’s 2021-2027 […]

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European elections: Can the same old EPP really open a new chapter for Europe?

With the prophetic words of “opening a new chapter for Europe”, the EPP builds its manifesto around four catchphrases. Whether political soundness and coherence follow those, is more debatable. Spitzenkandidat for the party Manfred Weber, has little chance of actually following Jean-Claude Juncker next year, as the national heads of government favour Michel Barnier or […]

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European Elections: can Vestager define a new approach for a changing Europe?

Another edition for the beady eyed followers of European politics and the current Spitzenkandidaten race for the EU Commission president. This time, we look at the centre–left liberal candidate – Margarethe Vestager – leading the charge for ALDE. A pragmatic and well-respected politician on the European stage: is it just what Europe needs now, or […]

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European Elections: Frans Timmermans’ social system – would it work?

The political European election campaigns are in full swing and each Spitzenkandidat is trying their best to generate as much media attention as possible in a national-dominated media landscape that pays little to no heed to anything they say. As a result, their statements and claims become increasingly boastful and extreme, in the hopes of […]