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Monthly Archives: December 2013

“Bonnets rouges” in Brittany: a fresh look at export subsidies

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The red cap movement brewing in Brittany since the summer of 2013 is usually presented as farmers and workers struggling against the introduction of a new environmental tax – yet it is as much, if not more, a fight for the preservation of a very old instrument of agricultural policy: export subsidies. Export subsidies and […]

Unchaining EU climate policy: quarrels over EU decision-making likely to continue

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Earlier this year, the European Commission started to work on a new EU energy and climate change package, which will define European climate initiatives until 2030[1]. Whatever the EU plans to do at home will influence its negotiating position at the international negotiations in Paris in 2015 (COP21), where the international community seeks to hammer […]

Understanding the « Bonnets Rouges »: the Breton environmental/economic divide

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In the fall of 1675 farmers in the French North-West region of Brittany took to the street to protest against fiscal oppression in what is now called the “red caps revolt”. In the fall of 2013, the red caps are back. This time, the offending tax is environmental – it taxes road haulage – and […]

Environmental Europe: A Success Story?

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Forty years on, the EU environmental policy is a much-publicised success of European integration[1]. After a slow start in the 1970s to tackle trans-boundary environmental issues and level the playing field for European businesses, EU environmental policies now cover water, air or noise pollution; habitat and biodiversity preservation; sustainable production and consumption and the fight […]

Hello and welcome to our blog!

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We’re two PhD students at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia. We focus on environmental politics in the European Union, and hope that you will enjoy this blog, where we will post regularly on ongoing environmental policy developments in the EU. We hope to make our academic work […]

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