This Week In Europe

“A Europe United in Responsibility”: the 2021 EU State of the Union

On 15 September 2021, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, gave the annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg, France. With Europe still battling through the pandemic, newer and more pressing concerns about climate change and defence policy made their way to the forefront of […]

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Bicycle Lanes and Dividing Lines: The Untold Stories of the EU’s Urban Transformation

The past couple of months have seen a flurry of enthusiastic articles on the green revolution in Europe’s cities. A somewhat idealized story of a change spearheaded by civil society, demanded by the people and implemented by local authorities as part of a larger European agenda. We have indeed witnessed pollution levels drop across the […]

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Dangerous Times – Is climate-friendly, flexible working as catching as COVID19?

As factories cease activity, supermarket shelves are emptied and populations around the world watch the spread of the novel Coronavirus with increasing alarm – could we be witnessing more than just a momentary blip in business as usual? Even without being infected, could COVID-19 be changing us (and potentially the future of the world)? On […]

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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 […]