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“Nuclear energy is part of the solution to climate neutrality. Therefore, for us, taxonomy and nuclear is an important issue,” said Finnish energy minister Mika Lintila.

EU countries ramp up pressure to grant nuclear a ‘green’ investment label

By: EBR | Friday, October 29, 2021

A group of ten European countries have heaped pressure on the European Commission to grant nuclear energy a ‘green’ label under the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy, which acts as a guide to climate-friendly investments

"Europe learned from the 2006 and 2009 gas cut-offs and put in place a series of regulations that make an outright cut-off unlikely today".

Is Europe’s Energy Crisis Self-Inflicted?

By: EBR | Friday, October 29, 2021

Europe is facing soaring gas prices. To avoid further crises, the EU should speed up its transition to renewables, reduce dependence on Russia, and formulate a coherent energy policy

"While the EU has made strong commitments to reduce carbon emissions, it has not yet devised policies to deal fully with the strategic ramifications of ecological stresses around the world".

COP26 and the Foreign Policy Blind Spot in Europe’s Climate Action

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 27, 2021

As a leader in international climate diplomacy, the EU still lacks an ecological foreign policy. The union will need to make some far-reaching changes to its geopolitical strategies if it is to place ecological imperatives above other interests

"Today’s citizens are surrounded by multiple sources of information throughout the day. They check their emails, chat groups and social media before taking their coffee."

EU democracy needs all voices in media

By: EBR | Monday, October 25, 2021

When our consumption of news changed from traditional presses to the digital, we lost something more than just a physical newsprint in our hands

"In its current discussions about extending the sanctions regime, the EU should take these trends seriously. It should stay informed about societal attitudes in Belarus that could have an influence in shaping the bloc’s strategy toward the country."

Continuity and Change in Belarusian Societal Attitudes

By: EBR | Friday, October 22, 2021

Among Belarusians, trust in the political elite remains low while the perceived effectiveness of EU sanctions is decreasing. The union must keep the latter in mind when assessing its strategy toward the country

"Europe’s impending energy crisis this winter shows why governments and businesses need to work together to quickly find ways to accelerate energy transition and diversify our energy mix."

Europe’s winter of discontent: The cost of sluggish energy transition

By: EBR | Friday, October 22, 2021

After a summer of heatwaves and wildfires in Europe, it is strange to think this winter could be uncomfortably cold for many

"At stake for the EU is the integrity of the internal market, the integrity of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, and the trust that the people of Northern Ireland have in the Good Friday accord".

Why Northern Ireland Matters for Europe

By: EBR | Friday, October 22, 2021

Because of Brexit, a peace accord that ended decades of conflict in Northern Ireland is hanging by a thread. The stability of this part of Europe depends on the EU and Britain finding a compromise

“Ten years ago, the US and the EU together had two-thirds of world trade. Today, it’s fifty-fifty, and in 10 years it will probably only be one-third”, Leitl said.

‘It will never work!’ Outgoing Eurochambres president criticises EU emission targets

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 20, 2021

In an interview with EURACTIV, the outgoing president of Eurochambres, an association of European chambers of commerce, has criticised the EU’s environmental policy and called for more trade “with all parts of the world”, including China and Russia

"The EU has a clear interest in furthering its international statesmanship role".

Statelessness is a big problem, so let’s revive ’Nansen’ passports

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The European Union should consider championing a special passport for stateless people, who are now conservatively estimated to number at least 10 million

"Mature renewable energy markets tend to have a strong pipeline of projects under development. This is usually not the case in emerging renewable energy markets."

Emerging renewable energy markets require well-designed auctions

By: EBR | Friday, October 15, 2021

Auctions are an essential part of the policy toolkit for promoting cost-efficient renewable energy development. Still, policymakers must be prepared to tailor their design to local conditions and adjust for market-specific challenges

“The EU has the power of attraction, but its transformative powers are more limited,” said Bulgarian political scientist Ivan Krastev in Belgrade in 2014.

Has the EU Lost the Western Balkans?

By: EBR | Friday, October 15, 2021

The EU remains the Western Balkans’ primary trading partner and investor. But failing to step up engagement and deliver on enlargement promises will come at a high cost and benefit the likes of Russia and China

"Policymakers must walk a fine line between patient support for the recovery and being ready to act quickly."

IMF: Will inflation remain high?

By: EBR | Friday, October 15, 2021

The economic recovery has fueled a rapid acceleration in inflation this year for advanced and emerging market economies, driven by firming demand, supply shortages, and rapidly rising commodity prices

The 2011 Fukushima disaster was a catastrophe for the nuclear sector. Less than three months after the accident, Germany decided to phase out nuclear power entirely by 2022.

Stars align for nuclear

By: EBR | Friday, October 15, 2021

The current energy price spike is something of a storm. But it is also wind in the sails of nuclear energy in Europe, after many years of being given the cold shoulder

“It is, therefore, absolutely necessary that nuclear power is included in the European taxonomy framework by the end of 2021.”

10 EU countries back nuclear power in EU green finance taxonomy

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 13, 2021

“Nuclear power must be part of the solution” to the climate crisis and the rise in energy prices, according to a group of 10 EU countries led by France and Poland who signed a joint opinion article published across major European newspapers

“We learned last week that […] throughout that period of time, throughout those negotiations, this study was put in somebody’s drawer in an office. But it’s really going to have an impact on farmers and on consumers.”

MEPs slam Commission for delaying release of Farm to Fork report

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 13, 2021

European lawmakers have criticised the European Commission’s decision to sit on the controversial study on the impacts of the Farm to Fork for half a year, calling it a “sneaky” move designed to conceal its contents

"Updated legislation needed to tackle innovative tax schemes".

EU must step up its game against harmful tax practices, says Parliament

By: EBR | Friday, October 8, 2021

Parliament outlined on Thursday its priorities for reforming EU policy on harmful tax practices as well as a blueprint for a new system to assess national tax policies

55 small, four-wheeled autonomous mobile robots have been introduced to sort through mail in Greece’s postal service.

Greece has introduced a fleet of postal robots to speed up its service

By: EBR | Friday, October 8, 2021

Fifty-five small, four-wheeled autonomous mobile robots -- or AMR’s -- powered by artificial intelligence, glide around Hellenic Post’s sorting centre in Athens, speeding up an often arduous process

"With around 70% of the global economy now committed to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, the urgency of exiting coal and completely phasing out fossil fuel subsidies is crystal clear."

Countries are wasting money on energy sources they already know are history

By: EBR | Thursday, October 7, 2021

With many countries facing an emerging fuel price crisis, the world has received a stark reminder of how important energy is to our everyday lives, and also how important government decisions are in keeping us well served

"People with disabilities should have access to barrier-free travel, education and the digital realm, as well as non-institutionalised housing."

Disability rights: A European Disability Card to harmonise status across the EU

By: EBR | Thursday, October 7, 2021

Mobility, education, housing and active inclusion in public life are key areas where Europeans living with disabilities would benefit from reform, say MEPs

"French defense contractor Naval Group may have lost a $66 billion deal to the United States, but it is a fact that France has no intention of withdrawing from a region it has long considered one of its priorities."

France’s Indo-Pacific “Third Way”

By: EBR | Thursday, October 7, 2021

Despite the fallout over AUKUS, France does not intend to withdraw from the Indo-Pacific. The diplomatic crisis has given President Macron a chance to make his country’s voice heard on a major geostrategic issue

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