Can the European Green Deal work?
The EU Commission has presented the New European Bauhaus initiative. The idea is to combine design with sustainability, barrier-free access and investment, and help deliver the European Green Deal. The EU Climate Law is to be passed in the spring, although many points of the legislation remain contentious. Commentators explain what the EU should bear in mind when pushing ahead with its ambitious plans.
Fix global inequalities first
Hürriyet Daily News calls for financial support for weaker countries:
“In countries like Turkey, where there are highly indebted companies, troubled bank balance sheets and high CDS risk premiums, starting a green transformation is like shopping at Whole Foods while debt collectors are carting away your fridge. If the West is serious about evening out global inequalities (especially going into Covid-19 recovery) then the debt and high-risk premiums of 'the rest' should be considered a global problem. To stop global warming, the world needs to find a truly global financial plan. This means that environmentalists need to think less about electric cars and more about balance sheets in middle-to-low income countries.”
We can only succeed together
The Green Deal must include everyone in the EU, Rzeczpospolita warns:
“Ursula von der Leyen's idea must not apply just to a select few or the elite. Walter Gropius, the ideologue behind Bauhaus, argued that his school was to serve the people. It was to be universal. So this dream must not be realised by excluding others. The new Bauhaus must be designed by all the countries of the EU. Also by Poland, an EU country with a vital industry and craftsmanship sector.”
On a collision course with Biden
The EU's plans will continue to strain relations with the US, The Spectator warns:
“President Biden's big idea is for a green energy plan to dominate renewable and clean power. ... But the EU is embarked on precisely the same agenda, with the bulk of its €750 billion (£650 billion) Coronavirus Rescue Fund aimed at exactly the same objective. You can't have two global leaders in green energy. In reality, the conflict to dominate that industry will end up splitting the two sides even further.”