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Climate & Energy

In our newest video we invited three key climate experts from Brussels, Elina Bardram (European Commission, DG Clima), Bas Eickhout (MEP, The Greens/EFA) and Martin Porter (Chief Executive of the European Climate Foundation), to share their reflections on the major achievements of the Paris agreement and the EU's agenda.

Is the European Neighbourhood Policy compelled to define its role in Lebanon anew? Is ENP’s focal point to be shared values or stability? The paper gives recommendation for further improvement of the ENP regarding the case of Lebanon.

Driving Regional Cooperation Forward in the 2030 Renewable Energy Framework

How can regional cooperation be strengthened within the 2030 governance and how can it help to reach and even exceed the binding EU target of at least 27% renewable energy by 2030?

Graffiti Art

This paper describes how the commons perspective, as a new framework for understanding knowledge, can contribute to some important, long-overdue EU policy discussions.

EU Policy


The annexation of Crimea in March 2014 continues to pose fundamental challenges for the European Union, and raises the question of whether the EU will maintain its commitment to the political and economic consolidation of its Eastern neighbours.

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Democracy & Development


After the United States and the European Union have lifted economic sanctions on Iran, the country can expect major economic rewards and greater interaction with the international community. Dr. Roubzeh Parsi explains the challenges the administration could face after the parliamentary election in February 2016.

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Paris has been declared by many as a historic moment and breakthrough in international climate negotiations. By putting an end to the Kyoto governance and signalling the decline of the fossil fuel area, this new agreement is a huge step forward in the history of international climate diplomacy.

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Newest Event Reports

A delegation of Turkish legal experts, parliamentarians, academics and environmental activists visited Brussels between 26th and 29th  January 2016 to to assess the impact of the EU environmental acquis in the context of the EU-Turkey accession negotiations.

The Spanish election will, indeed, change the political landscape of the country. Two new big parties will enter the political arena and make a coalition government necessary. That government will have to deal with a country in a dismal economic situation and may well find itself caught between economic and social interests, while reforming the constitution to deal with several political crises within the country.

The EU's 2030 renewable energy framework presents a great opportunity to boost regional cooperation in the Energy Union to bridge the gap between national energy policies and a Europeanisation of renewables deployment. 

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The Dutch EU Council Presidency and the Harsh Realities of a Crumbling Union
Mar 07
The View from NATO’s Front-Line States
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Our capacity building workshop ‘How to Counter Right Wing Populism and Extremism in Europe’ gave its participants the possibility to compare the right-wing movements in their respective countries of origin and to jointly develop policies to combat this disquieting trend.

Europe is under pressure. It has to act on many levels, immediately, efficiently and convincingly.

Coal does not just kill the climate. In coal mines, terrible working conditions are rife. Accidents are commonplace. Still, EU member states subsidize coal related business with almost 10 billion euros per year. Our dossier with all the articles and infographics from our Coal Atlas.