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How a climate change agenda could address Europe’s democratic deficit—and boost the economy, too

History’s most successful peace project faces a critical moment in time. But putting sustainability and the environment at the heart of the EU won't only be good for future generations—it will improve prosperity now

By Linda Zeilina  

A little girl is seen with her face saying, 'Save our planet', during European-wide school strikes protesting climate change. Photo: PA

The European Union has experienced some interesting times in recent decades. From the migrant crisis to Brexit, events have left the EU looking weaker in an increasingly complex and uncertain world. It has tarnished its global reputation and its soft power.

But the new European Commission and Parliament have a unique opportunity to redefine the EU’s global position and adopt a new identity: as a champion of sustainable…

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