Poland isolated as government leaders back net-zero goal

The prospect of financial support and a recognition of their plans to rely on nuclear power appears to have persuaded Hungary and Czechia to agree the EU should become climate neutral by 2050 in late night talks between government leaders on Thursday, leaving only the right-wing government of Europe's most coal-dependent nation out in the cold.

“In the light of the latest available science and of the need to step up global climate action, the European Council endorses the objective of achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050, in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement,” according to the official conclusions of the summit in Brussels.

“One member state, at this stage, cannot commit to implement this objective as far as it is concerned,” it continued. The European Council would “come back to this” in June 2020, it said.

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