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    Far from driving businesses away from Europe, EU climate policy has the potential to generate future growth for European industry

Far from driving businesses away from Europe, EU climate policy has the potential to generate future growth for European industry

A common criticism of EU climate policy is that it makes conditions more expensive for European businesses, which may encourage companies to relocate to other parts of the world. Andrzej Ancygier writes that much of this criticism is overstated. He argues that providing concrete long-term climate goals would provide more security for businesses, and that EU climate policy can also […]

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    Plans to create a pan-European electricity grid as part of the common energy market face a number of challenges before they can be realised.

Plans to create a pan-European electricity grid as part of the common energy market face a number of challenges before they can be realised.

In March 2011 the European Council formulated plans to create a common European energy market by 2014. However, as Lidia Puka and Kacper Szulecki write, a real common energy market will also require a pan-European electricity grid, with improved bilateral links between European countries. They note that despite presenting obvious benefits for participating states, attempts to strengthen cross-border connections between […]

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    Without strong German leadership, the adoption of an ambitious renewable energy policy across Europe will be impossible.

Without strong German leadership, the adoption of an ambitious renewable energy policy across Europe will be impossible.

Debates are currently taking place over the EU’s energy and climate targets for 2030. Andrzej Ancygier and Kacper Szulecki note that Germany has so far kept an unusually low profile in the talks, which is at odds with the country’s active promotion of ambitious renewable energy and climate targets during its EU presidency in 2007. Using the case of Poland, […]

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