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The EU is drafting its position ahead of the November COP26 talks, where countries will attempt to finish the technical rules to put the Paris Agreement into effect.

EU countries struggle to agree approach to COP26 climate talks

European Union countries are struggling to agree their negotiating position for the COP26 climate change conference, with rifts emerging over timeframes for emissions-cutting pledges

"Merkel never supported Kramp-Karrenbauer’s plans to find a solution to the ageing Tornadoes. She avoided taking a stance over abolishing military conscription back in 2011."

Merkel’s Silence Over Defense Will Haunt Her Successor

By: EBR | Friday, September 24, 2021

Germany’s next chancellor will have to finally define Berlin’s security and defense interests. That means addressing the future of U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in the country and the desperate need to modernize Germany’s armed forces

“I predict and expect also a crucial debate about prices in the energy sector,” said Slovenian infrastructure minister Jernej Vrtovec.

EU energy ministers meet to discuss power price surge

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Energy ministers from European Union countries will on Wednesday (22 September) discuss the soaring price of gas and electricity across Europe, as some governments draw up measures to protect their consumers

“Higher electricity price is driven mainly by global demand” for energy, including gas prices which have been rising steadily since January.

As energy prices spike, EU points to long-term fixes

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The European Commission is monitoring the evolution of electricity prices “very closely,” the EU’s Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson has said, pointing to long-term fixes like investments in energy savings and renewables as the main answer at European level

“We are allies, we talk and don’t hide elaborate different strategies. That’s why there is a crisis in confidence.”

EU backs France in submarine dispute, asking: Is America back?

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 21, 2021

European Union foreign ministers expressed support and solidarity with France on Monday (20 September) during a meeting in New York to discuss Australia’s scrapping of a $40 billion submarine order with Paris in favor of a US and British deal

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and, according to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, accounts for about half of the 1.0 degrees Celsius net rise in global average temperature since the pre-industrial era.

Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The European Union and the United States announced the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow

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"Mrs. Merkel could look west to France, east to Poland or Hungary, south to Spain, north to Scandinavia – and saw EPP politicians in power in much of Europe."

Sankt Angela of Europe?

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 21, 2021

As the long-time German chancellor completes her last term in office, it isn’t just her own center-right party that is struggling at the polls

"The United States and its European allies should know what’s at stake."

What the U.S.-British-Australian Security Pact Means for Europe

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The military alliance forged between the United States, Australia, and the UK at the expense of France will lead to new alignments and could profoundly impact the transatlantic relationship

In her State of the Union speech, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen defended the achievements of her executive in delivering life-saving COVID vaccines for over 70% of the EU population and provide the resources from NextGenerationEU for a historic recovery plan.

Defending Europe starts with defending and strengthening European competitiveness

By: EBR | Monday, September 20, 2021

As EU leaders look towards economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic, they need to give businesses the environment needed to thrive

"EU Energy ministers will meet on 22nd September to discuss the ‘Fit for 55’ energy package. Previously, such discussions would have focused on securing supplies of oil and gas from remote and often volatile countries."

Time for EU and UK to step up cooperation on offshore wind

By: EBR | Monday, September 20, 2021

With the COP26 coming up, now is the time for the EU to engage with the UK to set an ambitious political objective that would help accelerate progress in developing offshore wind in the North Seas

Parliament calls for gender-based violence to be included as a new area of crime under EU law.

Make gender-based violence a crime under EU law, MEPs say

By: EBR | Friday, September 17, 2021

Parliament calls for online and offline gender-based violence to be treated as a “particularly serious crime with a cross-border dimension”

"Von der Leyen was very diplomatic about one of the main issues the EU faces: the worsening rule of law situation in Hungary and Poland."

All is well, Madame la Marquise

By: EBR | Thursday, September 16, 2021

“Tout va tres bien, Madame la Marquise, tout va tres bien, tout va tres bien,” a popular French song goes

A new work placement scheme is now meant to counter youth unemployment across the bloc.

ALMA, the EU’s new programme to help young people find work abroad

By: EBR | Thursday, September 16, 2021

The pandemic has deepened the unemployment crisis among young people, especially in Europe’s south

"The next two months present a unique opportunity to address this specific, urgent challenge as the European Commission drafts relevant methane legislation as part of its ‘Fit for 55’ climate policy framework."

EU methane rules must cover the entire gas supply chain, including imports

By: EBR | Thursday, September 16, 2021

A group of environmental organisations and global energy companies, including Shell, have called for mandatory EU rules on methane encompassing the entire gas value chain, including imports from abroad

Platform workers are often misclassified as self-employed, depriving them of access to social protection and other labour rights.

Fair and equal social protection for riders, drivers and other platform workers

By: EBR | Thursday, September 16, 2021

In a vote today, MEPs demand people working for digital labour platforms, such as food delivery services, should have the same rights as traditional employees

"China should allow independent investigation into origins and spread of COVID-19."

Parliament sets out its vision for a new EU strategy on China

By: EBR | Thursday, September 16, 2021

The EU should continue talking to China about global challenges like climate change and health crises, while raising its concerns over systemic human rights violations

"Commissioner Thierry Breton argued that “one should not underestimate the advantage of the EU being the first mover” and emphasised that the EU is the main “pacemaker” in regulating the use of AI."

Commission yearns for setting the global standard on artificial intelligence

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The European Commission believes that its proposed Artificial Intelligence Act should become the global standard if it is to be fully effective. The upcoming AI treaty that is being drafted by the Council of Europe might help the EU achieve just that

In the words of the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the latest IPCC report is “Code Red for humanity”.

Europe needs to speed up on climate action

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Europe’s recent push to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions is desperately needed, but it is happening too slowly, with many key measures laid out in the Fit for 55 climate package not coming into force until the 2030s

"Carbon removals mean physically taking greenhouse gasses (GHG) out of the atmosphere and storing them permanently (or at least for several centuries), thereby reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere."

Carbon removals must not become an expensive greenwashing tool

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Supporters of carbon removal technologies often confuse carbon capture and storage (CCS) with negative emissions

“To Brussels because German foreign policy must always be European. And America has said ‘America is back’ and you need a European answer to that. And therefore, to Brussels.”

Germany’s Vote Should Set the Pace for Europe

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 14, 2021

This German federal election is crucial for Europe’s future. Angela Merkel’s successor has the choice of leading Europe toward more integration and strategic relevance or abetting its gradual, inexorable decline

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