Blog: What if Poland isn't the EU's main barrier to climate action?

Warsaw has been widely criticised over an evident reluctance to throw its considerable weight – Poland will be the fifth largest EU member as of 1 February, by population and thus voting power if not by economy, where it will rank 7th – behind more ambitious action on climate.

But a statement from the Weimar Triangle – of Poland, France and Germany – this week suggested it was more securely on board the commission's objective, and central strand of its European Green Deal initiative, of achieving 'net zero' greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

It seems the EU executive has misgivings about another EU member – the largest by all relevant metrics – as the potential disruptive pupil in future climate policy making. That member is renewable energy pioneer and industrial powerhouse, but also avid coal burner and automotive world power, Germany – at least according to the chief of staff of commission vice president for the Green Deal Frans Timmermans.

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