Frans Timmermans

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Executive vice-president of the European Commission Frans Timmermans (L) and EU Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius (R). Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA

Britain has been unnecessarily damaged by Brexit and “more will follow”, the vice-president of the European Commission has written in a “love letter” (...)

 Laurence Tubiana  during the  Madrid summit, on Friday.  There has been a lack of political leadership, she said, but Europe’s  deal endorsing net-zero emissions by 2050 was ‘the best news this week’.  Photograph: Fernando Villar/EPA

As global leaders remained embroiled in disagreement on a final outcome to the UN climate talks in Madrid, sustained pressure from countries seeking a(...)

Stop Climate Chaos said ‘2020 marks the beginning of a decade in which global emissions must reduce by 55%’. File photograph: Getty

A substantial increase in the EU’s 2030 climate target must be tabled during the UN climate talks this week “to show global leadership and avoid massi(...)

The European Environment Agency has warned the increasing impacts of climate disruption, such as flooding, means Europe faces 'unprecedented' environmental challenges. Photograph: Janez Zalazni/EEA

Europe is at an environmental tipping point which threatens its prosperity and the risks go beyond the consequences of human-induced global warming, a(...)

Poznan district judge Monika Frackowiak: ‘I’m becoming a target when I’m just doing my job.’

Dozens of Polish judges are being “targeted” with “absurd” disciplinary proceedings by their government for defending the rule of law, a member of Pol(...)

The Rutte coalition government is committed to a tax of €7 on every flight but is willingly to drop it if the commission focuses on a new EU-wide tax. Photograph:  Silas Stein

The Dutch government has put together an informal nine-country coalition to lobby the EU Commission for a new European aviation tax to help cut CO2 em(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and president of the European Council Donald Tusk during a press conference at the Brexit summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

European leaders on Thursday night approved a Brexit agreement with the UK that reflected only slight changes – amendments to six paragraphs dealing w(...)

Frans Timmermans is tasked by EU Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen to develop a “European green deal” over the next five years. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

The new European Commission is encountering big difficulties in securing member state agreement on scaling up 2030 targets to reduce carbon emissions (...)

European Commission president  Ursula von der Leyen  announces the names of new European commissioners on Tuesday  at the European Commission in Brussels. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

Ursula von der Leyen had set herself what many saw as an impossible task. The European Commission, which the president-elect will lead from November 1(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

European Union leaders were singing off the same hymn sheet following Boris Johnson’s election as Conservative Party leader – and the tune was unchan(...)

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