Rhein on Energy and Climate

Archives for EU Priorities and Opinion

During the last 10 years the EU has been involved in patient legislative procedure to reduce the health risks from smoking. In April 2014 it has approved the second “Tobacco Directive” which member states have to transpose into national legislation within two years. The basic objective of the Directive is to make tobacco products less… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Angela Merkel carries the burden of presiding for a second time a G7/8 Summit, after Heiligendamm on the Baltic in 2007; this time, at Elmau in Bavaria, her major task should be to help preparing the crucial 21st International Climate Conference in December in Paris. At Heiligendamm, the Group of Eight had committed to taking… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

While the international community is due to finally take serious action against climate change it is worthwhile having a look at Denmark, Sweden and, to a lesser degree, Finland and Norway that have succeeded to generate two thirds of their electricity from renewable sources, mostly from wind and water. But despite intensive efforts and favourable… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In an almost three hour long press conference May 16th, President Hollande has called for a Euro-zone government to overcome recession in the EU. It should dispose of a separate budget and wide-ranging competence to harmonise taxes and economic and social policy, possess the capacity to issue debts and meet regularly under the authority of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

During the most recent conference of the Group of Non-Aligned countries in Tehran the Iranian President Ayatollah Khamenei and the -first freely elected- Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have called for a radical renovation of the United Nations. This goes in particular for the Security Council which is no longer representative of the global population and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

23 years after the bloody destitution of President Ceaucesco from power and five years after joining the EU, Romania`s credentials as a fully democratic country respecting the rule of law continue to fall short of EU constitutional standards as laid down in the Lisbon Treaty. This has become visible in the most recent power fight… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein