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Analysis: Radical green lessons from the pandemic economy?

As Covid-19 deaths mount across the continent, leaders are preparing for post-lockdown Europe. The crisis and response have provoked fundamental questions about the organisation of economy and... Read more

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Covid-19: EU warned against deepening environment crisis with economic response

Covid-19: EU warned against deepening environment crisis with economic response

All financial tools developed by the EU and member states to respond to the Covid-19 crisis must be structured and employed in line with the European Green Deal, environmental group WWF has said ahead of a meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers on Tuesday

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Covid-19: Germany’s Schulze calls for climate-friendly stimulus

The German environment minister has said any programme to recover from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic must contribute to reaching carbon neutrality, as industry heavyweights continue to back climate action

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EU Commission: Covid-19 increases urgency of spending on green transition

EU Commission: Covid-19 increases urgency of spending on green transition

The coronavirus crisis ‘clearly increases pressure on public authorities’ to allocate funding wisely and direct Europe's recovery towards ‘future proof solutions’, the European Commission said on Monday after president Ursula von der Leyen called for ‘smart and sustainable’ investment

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Covid-19: Call for airline bailouts to be conditional on climate action

Public bailouts of airlines threatened by the Covid-19 economic shutdown must be conditional on a reduction in air travel and the industry aligning with the Paris Climate Agreement to keep global heating below 1.5C, a global coalition of 250 environmental and social justice groups has said

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Blog: How Covid-19 is prompting blue sky thinking

Blog: How Covid-19 is prompting blue sky thinking

A week of clear blue skies in Brussels – with the vapour trails of jet engines an increasingly rare sight (weekly average traffic is down 78.3% compared to the same period in 2019, and even then Belgium has seen one Europe's lowest fall-offs during the coronavirus crisis) – has seen an intensification of the debate over the nexus between the European Green Deal aspirations and its response to the pandemic

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Blog: a growing chorus for a green recovery from Covid-19

Blog: a growing chorus for a green recovery from Covid-19

Can it really be just three weeks – yes, it's about coronavirus again – since we reported the first signs of the shutdown in Brussels? The end of the second week of the Belgian lockdown that isn't quite a lockdown, has been marked by what Khaled Diab at the European Environmental Bureau has called a growing chorus of voices demanding that the principles of the European Green Deal should form the basis of any post-Covid-19 recovery plan.

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Blog: Learning from the coronavirus emergency

Blog: Learning from the coronavirus emergency

This week’s blog is written from London, where many people are roaming freely while most of Europe is in lockdown, grappling with a deadly virus that has already killed some 5,000 people

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The EU buzzword of the week: 'telework'

The EU buzzword of the week: 'telework'

A busy week that saw the European Commission present two major parts of its European Green Deal – an industrial strategy and New Circular Economy Action Plan – were perhaps inevitably overshadowed by the inexorable march of Covid-19 across Europe

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