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In January, Czech president and climate change sceptic Vaclav Klaus takes over the EU presidency as Obama becomes president. On the environment, it's an intriguing role reversal

By Manneken Pis   December 2008

Have Europe and America swapped?

It has not been widely noticed but the Czech Republic takes over the EU presidency in January just at the time that Barack Obama is inaugurated in Washington. Vaclav Klaus, the Czech Republic president, is both a Euro and a climate change sceptic. So we can look forward to an intriguing role reversal, at least on the environment, as the man representing the supposedly progressive Europeans meets the leader of the supposedly reactionary Americans. Barack Obama has already pledged to invest $15bn a year in renewable energy, create 5m “green jobs” in the US and…

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