The joys and frustrations of an environmental law-maker

Abstract: For many years, environmental politics was seen as a relatively light policy area. In many European countries environmental issues were usually delegated to the Greens. As a result, until recently, climate and environmental policy has been dominated by the political approach and emphasis of the green movement. Today, however, political leaders across Europe are […]

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A trick and how it is pulled off

I have now been a member of the European Parliament for 13 years, and thought I already knew all the essentials of EU decision-making. Only last summer I realised what, in practice, explains the various problematic directives that are produced by the EU for us. I noticed a certain democratic deficit coming from a rather […]

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