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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 17/10/2008

Lack of progress on EU climate policy

While the EU is acting jointly to tackle the credit crunch it is getting nowhere as regards climate protection, the Dutch daily De Volkskrant writes:  "The economic crisis that has followed hot on the heels of the financial one has made the EU member states jittery. East European countries like Poland, but also Italy and Germany have no interest in placing an additional burden on their stagnating industries with more stringent regulations for carbon emissions. After all, such measures cost money and this makes it more difficult for them to compete with non-European countries. And they also cost jobs. ... In recent years Europe has cranked up the pressure on the US and China to set the same climate targets as it has. The hesitant stance of certain member states undermines the EU's urgent appeals to its neighbours. ... The step forward the EU is making in the area of finances is thus slowed down by a limping leg."

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