EU needs a 'climate ambassador', says EPP chair

The EU needs to appoint an official ‘climate ambassador’ to persuade other countries to match its level of climate action; otherwise it faces Europe faces “isolation”, European People's Party (EPP) chairman Manfred Weber has argued.

“With less than 9% of global emissions, Europe’s efforts to fight climate change will only be a drop of clean water in an ocean of pollution if China, India and others do not join us,” Weber wrote in an opinion piece for the Greek newspaper Ekathimerini on Monday.

Green MEP Bas Eickhout has argued the EPP’s position could make or break EU environmental policy over the coming five-year political cycle. Weber, a German Christian Democrat, acknowledged the seriousness of the climate crisis, but signalled that he did not agree entirely with Europe's target-based approach to addressing it.

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