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EU mulls ‘Industrial’ twin for Green Deal as election pressure bites

EU mulls ‘Industrial’ twin for Green Deal as election pressure bites

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BRUSSELS — Move over Green Deal, there’s a new buzzword in town — and just in time for the EU election. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, whose country just assumed the EU’s rotating presidency, used his newfound international platform this week to pitch...

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Opinion | Davos Devotees Deindustrialize Europe

Opinion | Davos Devotees Deindustrialize Europe

Political, business and security leaders gather in Davos next week under the mantra of “rebuilding trust.” Key topics include security cooperation, artificial intelligence, energy security and job growth “for a New Era.” Undoubtedly there will also be calls to phase out fossil fuels and aspirations for a hydrogen-based green economy. Amid this grand planning for...

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Top American official for Europe is leaving her post

Top American official for Europe is leaving her post

Amanda Sloat, the architect of U.S. President Joe Biden’s Europe policy, is ending her time at the National Security Council, leaving the administration amid deep uncertainties about Ukraine’s future. Sloat has been a quiet but key figure of the Biden administration’s efforts to mend relationships with traditional allies and counter Russia. From the transition team to her...

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Europe’s chief trade enforcer speaks softly — and carries a bigger stick

Europe’s chief trade enforcer speaks softly — and carries a bigger stick

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BRUSSELS — If the European Union ever ends up in an all-out trade war with China, it would have to count on Denis Redonnet to fight its corner. Redonnet is Brussels’ very own Chief Trade Enforcement Officer. He’s French. He operates mostly out of sight....

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The green transition is more urgent than ever. Here is a real solution.

The green transition is more urgent than ever. Here is a real solution.

Last year, 16,565 people died in Europe as a direct result of the climate crisis and this is now the fastest-warming continent in the world, the World Meteorological Foundation reported recently. Furthermore, earlier this year, our planet broke the record for its hottest day ever — three times. The facts are inescapable: to preserve our...

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EU’s energy sovereignty is built on a robust internal market

EU’s energy sovereignty is built on a robust internal market

Leonhard Birnbaum, via Eurelectric The energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the weaponization of energy have put European values and unity to the test like rarely before. Faced with soaring gas and electricity prices last year, EU policymakers decided to initiate a reform of the internal market for electricity. It is a...

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Inside Ukraine’s first day as an EU member

Inside Ukraine’s first day as an EU member

This is the moment Ukrainians have been fighting — and dying — for. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is walking up a red carpet in Brussels’ Europa building toward his first meeting of the European Council, the forum where the European Union’s leaders hammer out the bloc’s most perplexing problems. He has been here before, of...

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Europe’s sleeper train awakens

Europe’s sleeper train awakens

The night train revival is pulling into the heart of the European Union.  The much-anticipated European Sleeper route linking Berlin and Brussels kicked off Thursday night. Its ambition: to be the harbinger of a revival of the overnight rail lines that once linked the Continent’s cities before the age of discount airlines. Now, a boom...

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Von der Leyen nudges Biden on subsidies at G7 summit

Von der Leyen nudges Biden on subsidies at G7 summit

HIROSHIMA, Japan — As if Russia and China weren’t enough to dominate the G7 agenda, the EU added its own feud with the U.S. on the first day of the Hiroshima summit, calling for transparency on industrial subsidies. In the first session of the summit, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen asked G7 leaders...

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UK moves to ban Russian diamonds, with EU under pressure to follow

UK moves to ban Russian diamonds, with EU under pressure to follow

HIROSHIMA, Japan — The U.K.’s decision to impose a ban on Russian diamonds, announced overnight, piles immediate pressure on the EU to follow suit, as G7 leaders gathering in Japan consider new sanctions against Moscow. In announcing the move, the U.K. government said in a statement that it would “legislate later this year to ban...

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