In-depth: Battle lines become clear after last-minute Council agreement on 2030 climate goal

Despite considerable doubt that a deal was possible, European heads of government leaders have agreed to increase the EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target to “at least 55%”, on the eve of a global summit to mark the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement. Now the Brussels inter-institutional battle can commence.

by Robert Hodgson
German chancellor Angela Merkel (R), European Council president Charles Michel (C) and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen (L) hold a joint press conference after the summit (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
German chancellor Angela Merkel (R), European Council president Charles Michel (C) and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen (L) hold a joint press conference after the summit (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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